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« on: October 27, 2017, 11:22:05 PM »

I listened to Lindsey Stirling's new Christmas album, Warmer In The Winter, on Spotify tonight.

I thought it was really good!

The album is a blend of pop, jazz, big band, and classical styles and sounds.

I think it's her most classical and well-orchestrated album to date. It's certainly less synth-/grunge-heavy than her previous albums.

Lindsey is of course awesome, but what distinguishes this album from her others is really the orchestration. There are some lovely moments and some epic ones! It reminds me in some ways of the "Hibernia" treatment.

Like her recent albums, a number of the tracks have singers. The guest singers are good, though perhaps not spectacular.

Lindsey's playing style is similar to her previous albums, although it sounds like she's added a few new tricks!

My favourite tracks were:
- Carol Of The Bells
- Angels We Have Heard On High
- I Saw Three Ships (this one's got a Celtic vibe)

Some people may not feel the same way, but this is my favourite Lindsey Stirling so far.

Here's the link to the album on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/0rJiRzMbpz22VMsA5IQLwO

And in case that's not enough to wet your appetite, here's a new music video promoting the album:
https://youtu.be/0RkSy6ElNIY

And here's Lindsey talking about the album:
https://youtu.be/xqKVi_qmsME

Enjoy!
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2017, 03:42:53 PM »

She is excellent! Mike got tickets for he and I to see her at Red Rocks in October 2016. That included a M & G. It was an excellent show and she was as nice as could be. I saw a lot of potential in her stage show for what M could do when she creates her own.  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2017, 12:23:13 AM »

She is excellent! Mike got tickets for he and I to see her at Red Rocks in October 2016. That included a M & G. It was an excellent show and she was as nice as could be. I saw a lot of potential in her stage show for what M could do when she creates her own.  Wink

Cool!  I ended up passing on her tour the last time it was nearby (on account of budget concerns and a few other considerations).  I wasn't sure how well the style in her videos would translate into a live show.  It sounds like you enjoyed her show, though, so I'll be sure to see her the next time she performs around here.

Her style does remind me a lot of Mairead's and without knowing much about Lindsey's backstory, I suspect she drew inspiration from Mairead.
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2017, 07:27:57 PM »

Yep, she did draw inspiration from M and has said so at times.  Wink Small-violin
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2018, 09:56:45 PM »

I finally saw Lindsey last night when she performed with Evanescence!

It was a great show!

I showed up in a Mairead Nesbitt t-shirt to a Lindsey Stirling concert on Tara's birthday.  Wink

It was scheduled to start at 7 PM, but it actually started at 8 PM. There was a pre-show before the show: a 2-person cello and percussion set. It was a mixture of classical and rock, similar to Rocktopia and was entertaining. A large part of the audience showed up near 8 PM, so I guess they weren't interested in the pre-show (or got stuck in traffic).

The main part of the concert was more or less split into two acts. Lindsey's set was the first half of the show and Evanescence was the second half. They did a couple of guest spots in each others' sets.

Lindsey was fantastic! There was quite a bit of production value, with moving stage pieces, video screen backdrops, dancers, and lots of lights. I've seen a bunch of Lindsey's YouTube videos and I have her DVD, so I knew she was going to move around a lot, but I was still pretty surprised. She moves energetically all over the stage like Mairead Nesbitt does. Lindsey has legit dance skills too. She told some inspirational stories to introduce some of her songs. One got a bit long-winded, but most of them were really good. She seems like such a down to earth, genuine person.

The show was at a partially-covered open air venue. My friend and I were sitting under the covered part, but pretty far back. I could see the performers moving around, but couldn't see details. It was no good for pictures with my phone from that distance, especially not with Lindsey moving around the stage so much. One think I thought could have been better was the contrast between Lindsey and the background (the video screens). She blended into the background a lot. It was really hard to see her in most of the pictures I took.

Both Lindsey and Evanescence performed with a local orchestra. They both sounded great with an orchestra.

I thought Lindsey's act was very enjoyable! It was everything I was expecting, but even better!

I got the sense that while there were people there that were interested in both acts, there were also quite few who were there for one of the acts and not so much for the other. While the crowd was very supportive of Lindsey, I'd guess 70% of the audience was there for Evanescence. The crowd was definitely getting a little restless by the end of Lindsey's set because they were wondering if they were going to get to hear Amy Lee or not.

After Lindsey's set (Act Small-violin, they pretty much just brought the lights up and didn't explain it was intermission. I think most people knew there was a second half coming, but there was a chunk of the audience that didn't stick around for the second half. I guess they were Lindsey fans that saw everything they came to see.

Prior to last night's show, there was only a few Evanescence songs I had heard before. I thought the second half was good, although it was a bit too loud for my liking. They really turned up the volume on the speakers. The second half was definitely less energetic than Lindsey's set, but it still managed to hold my attention pretty well, except when people were moving around and getting food and drink orders at their seats during the show. That got distracting and a little annoying after a while.

Amy Lee (lead singer of Evanescence) is an incredible singer! She has tremendous range and nearly unlimited power. I have no idea how she sings so loud, so high, for so long and repeats that over a whole tour. I suspect that's part of the reason she's doing a split show with Lindsey though, because singing like that has to be wearing out her voice.

The show was about 3 hours, but after Evanescence performed My Immortal towards the end of the show, a sizable part of the crowd left. I guess they heard what they came to hear or were trying to avoid the thunderstorm that was approaching. We stayed for the rest of the show, which was a few more songs. It was kind of odd timing that lightning was flashing all around the venue at about the same time as Evanescence was performing a song with lightning bolts arcing across the video screens.

Overall, I thought it was a great show! I was there primarily to see Lindsey, but I definitely enjoyed both acts. I have even more respect for Lindsey and Amy Lee after having seen them live for the first time.

If this show is coming near you and you're into Lindsey Stirling and/or Evanescence music, consider seeing this show if you can.
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2018, 12:21:15 PM »

I just got through seeing the same show! I just wrote a review on the Non-CW shows section. My take on Evanescence was not as positive. But I'm a rocker, and I know what Evanescence is capable of. They're better than that, and they didn't exploit all the talent the band has to offer. I was feeling bad for my friend. But you'll see all that in my review. Thanks for sharing your experience!
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2018, 05:14:23 PM »

Had the chance to see her up here at the Alaska State Fair. Was a great show!
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