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White Winter Hymnal

From the Album Fleet Foxes
August 10, 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Release Date: August 10, 2012
  • Label: Sub Pop Records
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  • Duration: 2:29 minutes
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  • ASIN: B001A33AVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,055 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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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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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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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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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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Only one song as White Winter Hymnal will ever be composed and performed. How often does something of perfection occur?

First heard this song coincidentally in 2009 or 10, doesn't matter when. Such coincidence as this is a happy one. Was immediately captivated by its range of vocal harmonies; was equally captivated by its music, quick in pacing yet soft in delivery. Truly, to say this song is unique among other folk-rock songs is no exaggeration. One such as I can barely imagine another's possession of the craft of song composition and performance from which would rise something so rhythmically beautiful as this song conveys.
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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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I had never heard of Fleet Foxes but from the first time I heard this song I was hooked. It's not a Christmas song but there's just something about it...someone else called it mesmerizing, and I agree. The lyrics are somewhat strange.
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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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