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With Lindsey Stirling, not only do you get a talented young artist, but someone who truly knows who they are,and continues to stick to their values. Each song that she puts out there is one of a kind. From dubstep violin, to haunting melodies such as "Song of the Caged Bird" to power packed songs like "Shadows" .... and don't forget to YouTube her take on Phantom of the Opera, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones. She puts her own twist on each song she does whether it be something new or a song that's been around for awhile. The energy she puts forth into each song makes it well worth the listen.
Please take time to view some of her videos on YouTube as well because with Lindsey, her music is only part of the package deal. The dance she incorporates into her videos along with the cinematography of Devin Graham, make each video a feast for the eyes and ears.
This is her first album, but it definitely won't be the last. You are seeing the beginnings of an artist who is sure to be legendary!
So why not a 5? The album mix. I went for the CD instead of the mp3s because I wanted to hear musical detail. That was a mistake. I know she's an independent musician with her own label, and yay for that, but apparently that means she had to settle for second class engineering.
In some songs the violin is mixed "to the back", behind the wall of electronica that's supposed to be the support and background of the song. It feels like she's playing from crouched behind the drumset instead of out in front; her violin should sound rich and it comes across as thin and vague, sometimes muddy. It's annoying. The electronic instruments are simply harsh at points. (Yes, I know it's deliberate, but it's overdone.) Imaging is messed up; they didn't even try. (And with a performer like Ms Stirling, they could have had her dancing all over the soundstage!) Luckily it's not a problem on every song - Elements, possibly my favorite, was decently done.
Is this going to bother you on an mp3 player? Not much. Mix problems aren't a big deal on car stereo speakers or earbuds. Most people will never be in a position to notice the uneven recording quality. But if you're spending the extra 50% for the CD, it's because you're trying to avoid the losses of mp3 compression and have a decent stereo. On a high end stereo you'll find the overall effect tiring, and that's the LAST thing you want from this music.
I don't regret buying. I like the music. It just deserves better treatment.
Check her out on Youtube: "Spontaneous Me", "Elements", "Skyrim" (with Peter Hollens - check out his video "The Prayer" he did with his wife), and you'll be hooked. Her videos are Filmed by Devin Graham ("Devinsupertramp" in Youtube) whose masterful cinematography captures every move in stunning HD. These three young artists use modern recording tools and Youtube and sites like Amazon & iTunes which allows artists like these three to remain fully independent and yet produce top quality, professional grade work.
Lindsey is full of life, and is very dynamic. Her work is not recycled. She sticks to her scruples and does not compromise and it's refreshing to see that in a world where young artists are pressured early on to do and be just what their producers & record companies want them to be.
When listening to her music, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wanna dance!
I could continue to ramble on about how great this album is, but instead I will suggest you check out Lindsey's videos on youtube. If you like any of those, you will love this whole album.
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I like her work. Music is a matter of personal taste. I smile while listening to her. My ears are pleased. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by M. Sandlin
Lindsey is amazing. Got introduced to her music when I looked up Peter Hollins. If you like fun instrumental music give this album a listen.Published 3 days ago by shaldis
What more is there to say about a phenomenal performer who created this sensational album.
Truly a unique talent
Sounds even better than expected! Perfect for a chill night in or getting baby to sleep! The off white record is an unexpected bonus that makes me wish we could add more stars! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Victoria