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White Winter Hymnal

White Winter Hymnal

August 10, 2012

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  • Original Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Label: Sub Pop Records
  • Copyright: 2008 Sub Pop Records
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  • Duration: 2:29 minutes
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  • ASIN: B001A33AVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,632 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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This song however is positively worth a buck.
John Owens
I was introduced to this song via the a capella group Pentatonix, who covered this song for a Christmas album.
Kenya Starflight
I'm a huge fan of this band and would encourage everyone to give them a shot.
Blue Ridge Mountains

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Owens on December 11, 2010
While this absolutely mesmerizing tune is an amazing example of how well the band can harmonize, I have a hard time justifying it as a Christmas song (or even an xmas song). I love the band, the song, and the album, but blood on the ice doesn't exactly bring forth the holiday spirit.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Mopsy on December 1, 2010
Is it a holiday song? Well, no, but it does have snow and a red on white theme. (Big smile)

It is lovely to see this absolutely mesmerizing tune from one of my very favorite groups get some well deserved attention. Now a wider audience can fall in love with them too.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Blue Ridge Mountains on December 1, 2010
I'm a huge fan of this band and would encourage everyone to give them a shot. This song isn't really christmas themed, but it does have some winter imagery.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harkanwar Anand VINE VOICE on November 23, 2010
Ragged Wood is a great song but it's not an instant classic like White Winter Hymnal. There are many better songs in the world but there is no song quite like the White Winter Hymnal. I wonder what led the artist to creating this tune. It makes me want to watch this young band perform. Download this, it's worth a buck anyway :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Owens on December 1, 2010
I really liked this song and got while Amazon was offering it for free. Can't beat that. After listening to this song a few times through, I jumped over to Pandora and created a Fleet Foxes' station. Caught a few other of their songs including some from other other albums. Really enjoyed their sound and am now considering downloading the whole album. I give the the station a few more listens, catch a few more of their songs and see what happens. This song however is positively worth a buck.
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I was introduced to this song via the a capella group Pentatonix, who covered this song for a Christmas album. I thought it was a pretty song with a soothing tune... until I paid closer attention to the lyrics and was shocked at what I heard. How was THIS a Christmas song? Befuddled but intrigued, I looked up the original song on YouTube and hunted around for some sort of explanation as to what the lyrics could mean. I was unable to find an official interpretation of the lyrics and fan interpretations are all over the place, but in the end I liked the song well enough to download it for myself.

I'm not sure I'd classify this song as a Christmas song, despite the mentions of snow and winter clothing. But it's a lovely folk rock number with some startling lyrics, and guaranteed to make you think.

Fleet Foxes has a sound reminiscent of '70s folk rock singers like John Denver, and their voices are pleasant and calming to listen to, harmonizing well together. The instrumentation fits the song well, and is fairly moderate in pace -- not fast and upbeat but not terribly slow either. The song itself is a single repeated stanza, with an instrumental bridge and a semi-chanting opening that draws the listener in. The entire song has a wistful, almost melancholy feel to it, quite at odds with the macabre subject matter.

It seems the lyrics were chosen to be more poetic than straightforward, and are both puzzling and rather shocking. There's a line about people wearing scarves to "keep their little heads from falling in the snow" (the line that made me go "...wait, what?" when I heard the song again) as well as someone falling and turning "the white snow red as strawberries in the summertime." Rather morbid for what's being promoted as a Christmas song...
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17 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jen on December 3, 2010
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It's a pretty song, with great vocals, but I'm not sure about the lyrics/message. Once I downloaded and listened to it in it's entirety I was displeased- sounds rather morbid to me. Not a great choice for a Christmas song. Sure it has a Christmas-y SOUND, but if you really listen, it's not about anything to do with Christmas. Is it just me, or do the selections this year seem kind of lousy thus far? I really enjoyed this 25 days of free downloads advent-type "calendar" last year. I looked forward to getting up every day to download the latest. It made for a GREAT collection of Christmas songs, arrangements I was not familiar with. This year is disappointing by comparison.
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I downloaded this for free, and for the price, this is an enjoyable addition to my collection of Christmas music that I load onto my iPod each Christmas season and delete right after Christmas. If it is still free, definately try it. If you have to pay for it, make sure it meets your tastes in music first.
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