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Lindsey Stirling shatters all music-genre boundaries.
on 19 May 2014
Although my tastes in music are very eclectic, I never in a million years would have thought that I would like a CD with violin music as much as this one. But the pixie-like Lindsey Stirling, who has created a music-genre all here own that consists of a fusion of classical, dub step, Celtic folk, dance, pop and rock, has turned me into a devoted fan with “Shatter Me.” It’s the second album by this violin-virtuoso, and on this one she spreads her wings by including guest vocalists on two tracks.
Album opener “Beyond The Veil” is simply amazing, with its haunting melody and triumphant chorus amidst some electronic embellishments. “Mirror Haus” has gorgeous violin sounds mixed with dance beats, as does the even more high-energy violin pop of “V-Pop,” before we come to the outstanding rocker “Shatter Me,” my absolute favorite on this CD. While the lyrics are written by Lindsey, they are given voice by Lizzy Hale from hard-rock band Halestorm. It’s her powerhouse-vocals who give expression to the song's topic of wanting to break free: “Somebody shine a light, I’m frozen by the fear in me, Somebody make me feel alive, And shatter me.”
The fast-paced "Heist” has a slightly edgier, darker feel to it. Then we get to "Roundtable Rival," on which she goes for something completely different. While it has elements of an Irish fiddle number, it soon edges into symphonic metal territory with its guitar riffs and the back and forth between the violin and electric guitar. The upbeat “Night Vision” is a more electronic dance track, with some shades of Michael Jackson. On the uplifting “Take Flight,” the violin twists and swirls through electronics and a thumping bass like a soaring bird.
Next is the uplifting “Ascendance,” a film-score ready soundtrack. The only other song on the album is “We Are Giants,” with the lyrics again written by our dancing violist. It is a poppy song that is perfectly suited to the voice of guest-vocalist Dia Frampton, the rising country-star who was runner-up in the first season of The Voice Of America a few years ago. This is followed by the electronic funk of “Swag,” while the finishing touch is "Master Of Tides," which is kind of a musical counterpoint to first track “Beyond The Veil” and thus a great album closer.
To sum it up: if you’re still in doubt if you’ll really like a full violin-instrumental album, just listen to a sample of the first track and her neo-classical style will have you hooked in no-time flat. And if you haven’t done already, you should really check out Lindsey’s music videos on YouTube, as these are cinematic masterpieces that brilliantly visualize her music. Fully recommended!