I like Medusa/Live in Central Park because of Annie's choice of tracks and updated styles. All tracks are so different to the originals except for A Whiter Shade of Pale. This track is almost kept in its pristine manner. Whether the Harpsichord is real, or synthesized through a keyboard, it is a touching choice of instrument voice for the song. Speaking of instruments, Annie's vocal workouts on the inspirational Train in Vain are no less than amazing. Never before have I heard such a moving tune done by her.
While waiting for Medusa to be released, before I bought the original 1 disc version, I thought anything would be good from Annie. I wasn't wrong, but slightly disappointed because there was nothing new and original to her name. But, because of No more I love you's, I decided I just had to get the cd/s.
Now about the Live part.
Two things come to mind when writing this review. One is that when I bought the cd, I had already seen the concert from which the live selections (disc 2) come from. The concert was excellent, and the background sound and accoustics are and were pretty nice. I appreciate having at least the live version of Little Bird on cd, even if the original video never made it to Annie's Totally Diva DVD. I haven't been too fond of the live Eurythmics selections, but You've placed a chill in my heart is an exception too! Good improvisations. Annie knows exactly where and when to kick in with her emotional and moving song extensions in her live performances.
The interior photo is nice, with Annie in her plaid outfit. It's so like her! I like the duet version of Something so Right. Fits right in considering it was Paul Simon who originally wrote the song. Waiting in Vain is so pretty too, with all it's layering of vocals and soulful tones.
Compared to the original release of Medusa, Medusa/Live in Central Park is pretty with the pale blue cd booklet and back sleeve. It's much nicer than the way too simple original.
Most of the songs on Medusa I've never heard of. That's why when I noticed that the cd was entirely made up of cover tunes, it surprised me at just how modernized I was. I needed a little bit of the older great rock and pop classics in my head.
Where did Annie get the idea of putting letter type all over her face? Is it actually real, or is it put on using photoshop? I wonder. Whatever it is, it's a bit tacky and really not very pretty compared to the Diva album cover image. I found Annie too simple in the Medusa images. What my expectations were, were that she wear makeup like on Diva, but maybe less voluptuous.
Despite my small complaints, I am really happy to have found this marvelous 2 cd set. Shows that some songs are meant to be timeless. So are the songs on Medusa.