By far the best winter/Christmas themed recording of ORIGINAL music released in many decades. This is not a recording of rehashed pop standards and moldy carols. These are thoughtful, very literate and tuneful (mostly secular but spiritual all the same) mediations on the season (think Joni Mitchell’s “Blue”). Nothing cutesy. The songs bridge folk, country, pop standards, blues and jazz. Karin’s voice is downright sultry, perfect for the saucy nature of some of the songs (Snowed In With You & North Pole Man). And “All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue” may be the best melancholy holiday tune ever written.