Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong is a perfect gift for the festive season. This is the first holiday album of the Canadian singer-songwriter's multi-platinum career since 1988. You can't go wrong with this festive album. There are covers of modern holiday hits, original songs and traditional Christmas carols. The album begins with McLachlan's version of Happy Xmas (War is Over), which was first recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono as the couple's declaration of peace in 1971. In this version, McLachlan is joined by a children's choir from the music school she funds. Her angelic voice is silky smooth and delivers the wish of peace in an intimate fashion. Another cover, I'll Be Home for Christmas, previously recorded by Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys, has a nostalgic, bluesy touch. Fans of traditional holiday fare won't be disappointed by her pop-folk versions of Silent Night and O Little Town of Bethlehem. Although most of the songs are cover versions, McLachlan makes them sound like her own. For example, in The First Noel, she adds an exotic flavour with tribal drums. Original track Wintersong, that she wrote for this album, is a perfect addition. The piano-based ballad has a soothing sense of tranquility, fitting perfectly into this album of festive spirit. If you're fed up with commercialised, spiritless holiday albums, Wintersong is perfect for you.