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January 15, 2006

Just Venting Briefly

One of the things I did in pursuit of the entry I haven't posted yet on places you can find mp3s of bands I like, was visit Amazon.com's free downloads. Where I discovered that the most frequently downloaded song in the "Traditional British & Celtic Folk" section is a tooth-puckering version of "In the Bleak Midwinter". Here's my review:

OK, this might not actually technically be bad. I mean, it's an out-of-tune and overwrought version of the beautiful carol, but some people like that sort of thing (cf Eva Cassidy). What it isn't, not even a little bit, is "Traditional British or Celtic Folk", which is the category it's been put in, and is the highest rated song in. She's not a British singer, she's not singing in a British style, it's not a traditional tune (it's Holst), they're not traditional words (they're by Christina Rossetti) and frankly, you might as well file Green Day under Gregorian Chant.

Posted by Alison at January 15, 2006 04:37 PM


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