We’re still trying to figure out what makes her tick, but Lindsey Stirling manages to aggressively chug through again with Brave Enough, a magical star-studded romp that may be her best work yet. The skillful violinist once again combines sci-fi and fantasy into a wonderful musical experience that will leave her audience in a trance. Skill, imagination, and guts emanate all throughout this 14-track record, with Stirling shining brighter than she ever has before. Brave Enough is a triumphant marker by the legendary violinist that fans will be sure to celebrate for a long time to come.
“Lost Girls” kicks off the album’s story, starting out as an echoey serenade before breaking into Stirling’s usual dance-friendly flair. Brave Enough begins with an ominous energy, with the violinist aptly displaying her theatrics right at the onset.
Stirling then introduces her first guest on the eponymously titled “Brave Enough.” This is a haunting and anthemic pop cut that features the powerful vocals of Christina Perri and one of the hookiest string lines on the record. Already on the second track, Stirling pulls nothing but strings as she unleashes a lethal and radio-friendly cut right at the start of the record.
“The Arena” is a twinkling composition that feels like a musical prelude to a cinematic battle. Here, Stirling shows off her ability to mix epic string sounds with poppy electronic elements, creating a vicious track that cuts in a very calculated and methodic way.
Track 4’s “The Phoenix” is a good reminder of why Stirling was heralded as the mother of violin dubstep, which she puts on majestic display all throughout this track. Her string lines are absolutely breathtaking, and every drop comes in with just the perfect amount of bravado.
“Where Do We Go” has the feel of a modern day Western cinematic track, with Carah Faye synergizing beautifully with Stirling’s notes. Meanwhile, country duo Dan + Shay shine wondrously in “Those Days,” a sugary and melodic track that is absolutely blissful. Both these tracks are sure to be huge fan favourites.
“Prism” brings a much more hip-hop inspired swagger to the album, which breaks a little from ominous theatrics to a much more loose energy. “Hold My Heart” continues this sentiment, with ZZ Ward sounding stylish throughout the track. Again, Lindsey Stirling shows off her ability to synergize with all the artists on the record, with her strings valiantly exchanging with ZZ Ward’s sultry vocals.
“Mirage” is one of the more serene tracks on the record, a collaboration with Raja Kumari that gives the record a much more worldly feel. The synergy between Kumari and Stirling is absolutely insatiable, making this yet another surefire fan-pleaser.
The album returns to anthemic dance pop levels with “Don’t Let This Feeling Fade,” which borrows the talents of rapper LeCrae and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. The three sound absolutely phenomenal together here, with the trio coming together and delivering a potently musical tri-attack.
“Love’s Just A Feeling” sounds like a more melodic and less monotonous Calvin Harris track, with featured singer Rooty delivering one of the more joyful anthems on the album. The summery feel of this track is monstrous, with “Love’s Just A Feeling” having the potential to captivate audiences and break your replay button.
“Something Wild” is the penultimate track on the album that sounds like an inspirational call to arms, lead by Stirling and her guest Andrew McMahon. Again, Stirling delivers an absolutely delightful anthem that audiences will rock out to.
Brave Enough ends with the tranquil conclusion “Gavi’s Song,” with Stirling pulling the plug on her electronic accompaniment and giving us a gorgeously written composition. “Gavi’s Song” is a stunning conclusion to yet another incredible album by one of electronic and modern classical music’s more fabled heroes.
If you have yet to be impressed by the musical prowess that is Lindsey Stirling, let Brave Enough be your gateway. Stylish, fantastical, and breathtaking are only some of the adjectives that can describe the magic of her music. Brave Enough is a fantastic work that shines as brightly as its creator.
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