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From Spir­its And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christ­mas)

EARMUSIC Fin­land’s finest war­bler gets into the sea­sonal spirit

It’s that time of year again, and clas­si­cal queen Tarja Tu­runen is the next artist from the metal world to ex­per­i­ment with a more min­i­mal style of sym­phonic mu­sic. Her new record also just hap­pens to be a Xmas al­bum. Paint­ing a dark win­ter scene à la Tim Bur­ton (sev­eral mo­ments on the al­bum evoke Danny Elfman’s Ed­ward Scis­sorhands score, es­pe­cially O Tan­nen­baum) she lends her rich, bright so­prano to hymns such as

O Come, O Come Em­manuel and Amaz­ing Grace beau­ti­fully. But the in­clu­sion of more con­tem­po­rary Xmas tunes like Have Yourself A Merry Lit­tle Christ­mas and Deck The Halls feels a bit silly along­side the som­bre Pie Jesu, even in a mi­nor key. It’s not a ‘metal’ Xmas al­bum by any means, but a rather lovely easy lis­ten that your non-met­al­head fam­ily mem­bers can en­joy. FOR FANS OF: EVANESCENC­E, NIGHTWISH, DANNY ELFMAN

CATHER­INE MOR­RIS

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