“In the Arms of an Angel”, while perfect for Christmas feelings, works all year ‘round for the beautiful calm it invokes. Nothing is more comforting than being told, through lyric and melody, that you are protected within the arms of a higher being, who takes you under their wing and holds you tight. Celtic Angels have a commercial Irish sound, though the notes played here are better than formulaic, even if you have an expectation of where they may progress next. The hook parts in particular, while being different enough than parts of Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind”, feel close to the same warm yet sad feeling expressed in that song. The most notable attributes of this song are the pretty notes echoing away, and great dynamic vocal work which reverbs and leads to a feeling of heavenly serenity. It sounds more like a choral church song than Christmas, yet there is a holiday atmosphere here, be it a reverent one. In the spaces between notes, real warm strings pivot back and forth uninterrupted, while comforting lyrics wash over the listener; “Your in the arms of the angel, may you find come comfort here, your so tired of the straight line, and everywhere you turn.” Much of the context suggests forces of conflict within and without, and running away has exhausted the afflicted, yet, rather than run, there is a suggestion that a spiritual way out may exist; “In the arms of the angel, fly away from here, from this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you feel, you were pulled from the wreckage, of your silent reverie.” Because of the beautiful female vocalization, another feeling that comes to mind beyond the Christian faith is that of a Mother’s protection – here, this feeling could be right at home with anyone who appreciates that bond and the promise of unconditional support.

Written by @taylor

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