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Into Paradise [CD]

All Angels Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Nov 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000T97Y5Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Elgar: Sancte Deus (Nimrod)All Angels 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Fauré: In ParadisumAll Angels 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Temple: Make Me A Channel of Your PeaceAll Angels 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Traditional: Swing LowLaura Wright 1:27£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The ScientistAll Angels 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Simon: The Sound Of Silence (Album Version)All Angels 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Kamen: Lament (Band of Brothers)All Angels 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Lift Up Your Voice (Arrival of The Queen of Sheba) (Album Version)All Angels 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mozart: Canzonetta Sull' aria (Album Version)All Angels 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Brunning: Pie JesuAll Angels 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Singing You Through (Album Version)All Angels 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Nothing Compares 2 U (Album Version)All Angels 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Zadok The Priest (Album Version)All Angels 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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CD Universal Classics And Jazz, 476 619-9, 2007 14 Track

BBC Review

Teen sensations All Angels have officially been the Next Big Thing in classical music since they fluttered onto the scene in the summer of 2006. Their eponymous debut went platinum in a matter of weeks, and they were soon doing everything expected of photogenic prodigies since Charlotte Church swapped communion wine for the harder stuff. Nominated for a Classical Brit? Tick. Performed for the Queen? Tick. Wear matching white outfits and release a cover of Robbie Williams' "Angels"? Tick, tick, tick.

Now they're back with Into Paradise, another eclectic mix of pop-classical fusion, only this time with a more elegiac slant. Requiems, spirituals and even a couple of break-up songs sit alongside a more familiar array of classical pieces. But while All Angels are undeniably talented vocalists, the slickness of this album far exceeds any aspiration it has to be taken seriously.

The most striking track is a hauntingly stripped-down rendition of "In Paradisum" (Latin for 'into paradise' - see what they did there?) Mercifully under-produced, it is a perfect showcase for their subtlety as performers. Similarly adept, if predictable, are "Pie Jesu" and "Sancte Deus" (from Nimrod.)

But while they do a pretty good job of making Faure's Requiem sound heavenly, a special level of hell should be reserved for whoever chose to throw in choral renderings of Coldplay's "The Scientist" and Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U". All traces of feeling have been ironed out of these teen poetry whine-athons, and the addition of some overwrought orchestration does nothing to lift their terminal dreariness.

Not all of the pop choices fall flat, however. A harmonised version of Simon and Garfunkels' "The Sound of Silence" manages to draw out the song's charming 60s idealism with a well-judged lightness of touch.

Into Paradise so desperately wants to be sophisticated and cutting edge, but in reality it is achingly safe. But if there's one thing that really frustrates about listening to this album, it's the feeling that we've been here before. If All Angels have any higher ambitions than this, then their material will have to grow up with them. --Jack Jewers

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect follow-up to the previous album 2 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
To be honest, I don't see what the previous 'negative' reviewers are getting at. If you liked the first album, then I'd be pretty sure you'll like this.

The album starts with an interpretation of Nimrod from Elgar's Enigma Variations. The interpretation is wonderful - all soaring harmonies and carried beautifully by the girls' voices, but not in any sense 'overdone'. I thought the album was worth the purchase price for this track alone.

The second track is 'In Paradisum' from Faure's Requiem. A lovely, peaceful track, well-sung and (although very popular) not over-familiar. The first two tracks are exceptional.

Then we have 'Make me a Channel of your Peace', a spiritual highlight, and perfect for those reflective moments in your day.

'Swing Low' is, of course, an interpretation of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot', which I have always thought (though I could be wrong) was a Southern-US spiritual. Anyhow, it's (again) well-sung, fitting the reflective and spiritual mood of the album so well.

Although there are pop songs on the album, I'm not sure why previous reviewers are complaining - after all 'Angels' was on the first disc. They are universally well-sung, and interpreted into a peaceful and relaxed style.

If you enjoyed the first album, I feel that you'll love this one too. Of course the girls' voices have matured slightly - they are a couple of years older, after all, but those soaringly pure harmonies are all still there. I defy you to listen to Nimrod (track 1) or Nothing Compares 2 U (track 12) and not be emotionally moved.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Angels - Into Paradise CD. 16 Mar 2009
By JCR
Format:Audio CD
I was not familiar with the group "All Angels" before Amazon.co.uk sent me a recommendation to buy their CD. I did a little research on the group and was pleasently surprised. I decided to purchase their first CD and and enjoyed listening to it when I received it. The four ladies' voices are simple terrific - a quality that is not like anyone else I've ever heard before - especially in this age group. I can't say enough good about this group - they sing such a wide range of different songs - ALL BEAUTIFULLY DONE! I think their cause is pretty fantastic too. Their second CD (this CD) is really quite nice. I think their performance is slightly better on this CD. They did a remarkable job singing " The Scientist" and "Sound of Silence", however all of the tracks on the CD are exceptional. I would love to see one of their concerts available on DVD in the near future. I really recommend this CD to all who like really GOOD music. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK All ANGELS!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the third volume?! 29 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
I enjoyed the first album, and this is no disappointment. The opening track works surprisingly well. It's pointless asking what Elgar would have made of it - he didn't want his Third Symphony finished, and look what happened there. I for one enjoy it, and it's not the first time Nimrod has been vocalised: the only difference is that this one is a success.

The great joy of this disc is the way in which the Angels are at home, and expertly skilled, in flitting from one genre to another. No sooner are they done with 'Swing low' (a cappella, perfectly in tune), than they move on to 'The Scientist' and the 'Sound of Silence'. If the girls are guilty of anything, it's being able to bring a wamrth of expression to whatever they sing.

Particular highlights for me are 'Sancte Deus', Singing you through (with some very emotional singing - real heart-wrenching stuff), and, surprisingly, 'Nothing compares to you'. This is a very good arrangement of a firm favourite, and whilst it may lose something in changing genre, what it gains in having such a skilled arrangement and such artful singing is incomparable.

'Zadok the Priest' rounds off the disc, which is a slightly different tack from the Barber 'Agnus Dei' on the first album, but it is a welcome romp after such an extraordinary journey, that also includes some stratospheric notes in something called 'Lift up your voice' and 'Make me a channel of your peace'. I don't know what they're feeding these girls, but it's working!

What I want to know most of all is when the next album is going to be available!! Purchase this album as a gift, be it for friend, family or yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Angels - Into Paradise 19 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
Unlike some reviewers I was not disappointed by this recording. Admittedly the girls are older and their voices slightly more mature, but what they lack in innocence is made up for by more imaginative phrasing. All the tracks are beautifully sung, although Elgar's Nimrod was a little disappointing, perhaps because I know this work so well in the original. Whatever they do sounds "heavenly" to me!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made in Heaven 9 Jun 2008
By Mart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Into Paradise, released in November 2007, is the second of the five album deal which All Angels signed with Universal Classics and Jazz in 2006.

Good follow-up albums often prove more difficult to produce than the debut, particularly as the self titled album 'All Angels' released in 2006 was such a commercial success in a market dominated by the likes of G4, IL Divo and Blake.

This album is another varied collection of classical and contemporary music, to which the four girls apply their lovely vocal harmony skills to provide a combination of calming and uplifting moods.

Most of the classics are well known favourites (which I think is essential to keep a young fan base satisfied), and the popular songs like Paul Simon's `Sound of Silence' and Prince's `Nothing Compares 2 U' sound beautiful after being given the 'Angel's treatment' - particularly the latter which makes a nice change from Sinead O'Connor's melancholy hit version from 1990.

It's difficult to pick out favourites from such nice music, but I particularly like the lesser heard John Brunning version of 'Pie Jesu', instead of the familiar one by Faure, and the Band of Brothers TV series theme music `Lament' is a lovely dreamy, hymn-like performance (hear also the Katherine Jenkins version entitled 'Requiem for a Soldier' on her Rejoice album). Also noteworthy is the multitracking of the girls voices on Handel's `Zadok The Priest' to give real power and an impression of large scale choir.

The girls are reported to have a maturity beyond their teenage years, and their changing appearance from their first album is certainly pointing towards an endearingly glamorous future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album. Perfect to listen to when your unwinding ...
Excellent album. Perfect to listen to when your unwinding & for back ground music when having a dinner party with friends. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Ian McGowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Angelic
Perfect!
Published 2 months ago by C M Wardill
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Poor. After their previous disc very disappointig.
Published 3 months ago by clive allum
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased
I am very peased with this purchase. Lovely voices. Classic FM sounding choral CD covering both sacred and secular music.
Published 6 months ago by A. M. Thomason
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely sublime.
I only bought this CD because the one I already had was wearing out from being played in my car.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Richard Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Into Paradise by All Angels
A hauntingly beautiful collection of songs sung by the quartet All Angels. Despit not being religious, my favourite track is 'make me a channel of your peace' it's such a wonderful... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Miss Sweetlove
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voices - beautiful music
Lived up to my expectation having listened to their other work. Really enjoyed this set of adaptations of classical songs/music.
Published 8 months ago by The Young One
3.0 out of 5 stars Present
Bought as a birthday present - all I can say is that the person liked it very much and was delighted.
Published 8 months ago by Dr. David Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Into Paradise
This is the third album I have bought of theirs. I enjoy their voices and would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy cd to listen too.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voices
Provides me what I expected. I have another cd with them, so I know what I was expecting. Very good.
Published 14 months ago by Paul
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