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  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000026ZI9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This is at the time of writing Galas latest record. It is pobably a good place to start for newcommers since it is also probably her easiest record as well. This is not to say that it is of less importance than the other recordings however. The records focuses on her expert piano playing and powerful but often suprisingly restrained operatic vocals as she works her way through a colection of bluses songs and some poems set to her own music. The only truly terrifying vocal workouts can be found on the songs "the thrill is gone" with it's high pitched screams and "insane asylum" with it's 30 second long demonic cackle.This record is highly recomended as well as her other piano/voice record "the singer". Her other albums are, well a bit more difficult...
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No-one reaches the places that Diamanda goes to: the depths of hell and then some. She doesn't so much sing a song as rip it apart. Next to her everyone else sounds tame. "My World Is Empty Without You" is the showstopper for me: it makes me feel as if the air's been sucked out of the room. The only downside is that the intensity can be hard to take in large doses and on the weaker numbers her approach can feel mannered.
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I bought this album only for My World Is Empty Without You and I do not regret. The Mistress of madness reaches into the darkness and get's most out it as usual. No one has a voice like her and there is no female singer who can stretch her voice so much that it reaches the very gates of hell. Beautiful work!
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If there is a song more beautiful and intense than Iron Lady please let me know. Diamond a Galas is an amazing performer. Extraordinary in the studio and mind blowing live. This album may be more accessible than others, but do not let you Coldplay lovers be fooled. Try Schrei X which will send you running screaming back to your Hampstead homes.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98844b70) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98874708) out of 5 stars If you hated "The Singer", then this is the one for you 26 Aug. 2000
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After "Panoptikon", "The Litanies of Satan", and the "Masque of Red Death Trilogy", many felt betrayed by Galas' release of the piano-voice setting of "The Singer", sensing in it something like a commercial swerve toward more mainstream music. Whether or not this was true (one could hardly blame her for wanting to finally earn enough rent money for once), with "Malediction and Prayer" Galas revisits "The Singer's" spare simplicity of piano and voice, with complete success. The stunning quality that I remember from the Singer tour, but which seemed almost entirely absent on the album, is here captured with total effectiveness. You may safely disregard "Tired's" review below. And if Galas' other music is just too far out for you, then steeping yourself in the total performances of this recording will help you to begin to understand why Galas has such a devoted following.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98874b10) out of 5 stars you must be certain of diamanda galas 7 Oct. 2003
By Brian R Yandle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
if you are ready to be knocked flat, you might just be ready to try malediction & prayer. this may be diamanda's most tame cd to date & perhaps one of my all-time favorites. for those who have been curious enough to delve into her extensive catalog but weren't quite brave enough, this should be the first album you purchase or listen to. there's so much great material on prayer that i can't really begin to tell you which song to listen to first. in fact, i never skip a track when i listen to it or play it for friends.
to really describe what you 'll hear for the first time is about as difficult as telling you how you'll feel on the first day of school. you will most likely feel a tingly feeling in your spine when first listening to malediction & prayer but you'll get used to this feeling with time. witness the eight-octave range of the voice behind the piano & i'm certain every listener of classic music or blues will be thoroughly impressed. though not an easy listen by any means, malediction & prayer may be slightly tame in comparison to other works of ms. galas which are often considered intense at best but nevertheless packs the same punch as some of her earlier work.
here we have all live material which primarily comes from the concert for the damned. unlike the singer, the piano is much more crisp & less jagged which makes this a far better listen in my opinion. also, i think diamanda's voice here is a lot easier on the ears. most songs you'll hear are either traditional songs from around the world or classic blues/ r&b so i'm certain you've probably heard a great deal of them performed somewhere before but nobody does any of them quite like diamanda galas & i don't think anyone ever will. with a voice as versatile as her own piano skills, one cannot help but admire & respect the great talent behind such masterful sounds.
should you ask what other female vocalist diamanda could be comapred with, i can name a few even though very few of them have quite as much range.
patti smith, marianne faithful, tina turner, janis joplin, marias callas, edith piaf, & jessye norman
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98874b88) out of 5 stars Beautiful and Honest 22 May 2000
By Peter F - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the most beautiful piece of work I've ever heard. Galas' voice captures the meaning of each song as easily as can be done. Her voice beautifully adds emotion to the lyrics. Songs such as 'Iron Lady', 'Si la Muerte' and 'Gloomy Sunday' made me think of how precious life is and how terrifying life can be at the same time. Especially these pieces of work will make you want to listen to this album over and over. 'The Thrill Is Gone', 'Insane Asylum', and 'I'm Gonna Live The Life' are harder songs, with a much higher voice use. 'I'm Gonna Live the Life' will inspire you greatly when you feel alone and when you feel like life is festering away and when you feel like you're a nobody. This beautiful album will make you think about the world, but especially about your own life, and will encourage you to keep on going.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98874f18) out of 5 stars intimacy and power hanging over your head 3 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
perhaps the most accessible album Diamanda has done. M&P starts off strong with "The Iron Lady", a song which captures you with its bluntness and truth/cruelty. The high point on this album is Diamanda's version of "The Thrill is Gone", her banshee wailing that begins this track frightens you into heartache. Following in the tradition of her album "The Singer" Diamanda performs with all the power of her voice and piano. Few can listen to this album and not me disturbed one way or the other, and for this reason it's perhaps one of the best albums released this decade.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98874924) out of 5 stars If You Like to Feel Music Down To Your Liver... 23 Jun. 2000
By Gregory Deglas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes, amateurs who have spent too many years reading cleverly bitchy British rag album reviews decide THEIR time has come to take an arguably "difficult" album and trash it.
Tired, indeed.
Diamanda Galas does not make pretty music about pretty things. You either like being grabbed by the throat or you don't.
Trying to compare original (or alternate) versions to Diamanda Galas' covers baffles me, frankly, since her whole approach is not so much to sing these as make them visceral experiences. What's to compare?
(Oh, and that "W. Dixon" person, the one who did Insane Asylum better? His first name was Willie.)
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