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Editors’ Notes

Most performers looking to join in the seasonal music market sing well known Christmas Carols and familiar wintertime fare. Fittingly, Sting does not bow down at the sight of Santa Claus and wish everyone a holly, jolly Christmas, but rather finds solace in a more solemn approach. Sting’s traditionals are not the usual. Coupled with classical producer Robert Sadin, Sting puts his own serious delivery to the haunting crawl of “Gabriel’s Message,” the sonorous snowcaps of the Newcastle, England traditional “The Snow It Melts the Soonest” and the smoothly but sparsely rhythmic 15th Century Marian hymn “There Is No Rose of Such Virtue.” For Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Christmas At Sea,” Sting adapts a darker, deeper throaty delivery. This is many miles north of anything he performed with the Police. Sting wrote three songs for the occasion: the surprisingly pop-like “The Hounds of Winter” and co-writes on “Lullaby for an Anxious Child” with Dominic Miller and the album’s closer, “You Only Cross My Mind In Winter” with music by J.S. Bach. Not your traditional album of egg-nogged cheer, but a thoughtful, well executed piece of seasonal music.

Customer Reviews

I Don't Think Some Of You Understand...

You know Sting is British, right? LOL Most of these songs are traditional Old English carols. This is more of a Christmas album, though not entirely. His voice IS very different, but lends to the traditional sound they would have been sung in originally. I quite like it.


God forbid a dude tries something new.
Sample it. If you don't like what you hear on the 30 second clips, chances are you won't like it.
If you're looking for a Sting formula, you'll be disappointed.
But don't trash a dude for breaking out.

Soulful and Beautiful

This album is the perfect thing to listen to as the days grow short. Sting brings great emotion to these songs.


Born: October 2, 1951 in Wallsend, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After disbanding the Police at the peak of their popularity in 1984, Sting quickly established himself as a viable solo artist, one obsessed with expanding the boundaries of pop music. Sting incorporated heavy elements of jazz, classical, and worldbeat into his music, writing lyrics that were literate and self-consciously meaningful, and he was never afraid to emphasize this fact in the press. For such unabashed ambition, he was equally loved and reviled, with supporters believing that he was at...
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