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  • Audio CD (19 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000PUB2JS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Baby, I'm Coming Home 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Paradisi Carousel 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Missing You 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Reach Out (I'll Be There) 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Light Flight 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Breakout 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stay With Me 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. What Love Knows 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Magic Day 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Alone With You 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

Paradisi Carousel takes Clare in a new direction, whilst
honouring her jazz back-ground, she has evolved musically to reveal a
wealth of hidden riches. The new album sits confidently alongside those of
Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae and Madeleine Peyroux.

Clare's USP is that she is not only a stunning singer, but an accomplished
songwriter, a great wit, a presenter, a columnist and one of the only true
all-round performers in the UK today.

BBC Review

With a clutch of 'best vocalist' awards to her name plus plaudits aplenty, Clare Teal is surely now established. Paradisi Carousel is her seventh album, the second since her Sony contract garnered publicity as the most lucrative ever for a British jazz singer. In light of that, it may be no surprise that the music here is as much pop as it is jazz; indeed, Teal herself cites Burt Bacharach, Dusty Springfield and The Carpenters as points of comparison. And rightly so; on the opener, 'Baby, I'm Coming Home', Teal's phrasing and intonations sound uncannily like Karen Carpenter.

On this evidence, Teal's voice is heard to best effect on ballads and songs laden with emotion, being perfect to express a sense of loss and yearning as on 'Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying'. While she easily handles a more bombastic brass-driven arrangement like 'Breakout' - which doubtless goes down a storm in concert - its relative lack of emotion does not play to her strengths. The four Teal originals included here demonstrate her growing prowess as a songwriter, and suggest that she writes material ideally suited to those strengths, with the title track and 'Stay With Me' being particularly strong.

Teal is renowned for cover versions that reinvent the original - witness her earlier radical rethinking of The Mamas and the Papas' 'California Dreaming'. Here, she does something similar with The Four Tops classic 'Reach Out (I'll Be There)', slowing it down dramatically and changing the mood from one of joyous celebration to hopeful longing. By comparison, her version of Pentangle's 'Light Flight' stays very close to the original; with its complex rhythms, it allows Teal to demonstrate her vocal technique, but this version doesn't establish its own identity.

Existing fans of Teal are likely to be more than satisfied with this album. It may also appeal to the burgeoning audience for pop-jazz singers such as Norah Jones and Corinne Bailey Rae. --John Eyles

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
What a stunning album from Clare. I saw her live at Bloomsbury earlier this Month & although it was more middle of road show she is still an exceptional talent.

The covers of Reach out & Don't let the sun were awsome plus her own songs were outstanding.

I think this is a more interesting, diverse album than A Road less Travelled which after a while I found a little bit repetative, but Paradiso has everything. There will be true fans who will find this album straying away from her Jazz roots but I say good for you Clare & may you attract new fans who appreciate your very versitile style.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dickie bird on 25 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
I would not nornally write in about a C.D. But I saw Clare Teal Live in London recently and was blown away .I didnt think that the C.D would stand up to her live performance, but how wrong was I .I've played it non stop in my car A PERFECT SUMMER C.D

Off to see her on the 10th June at Bourenmouth

Check her out.............

Dickie
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. POLLOCK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Clare's latest album is less jazz-tinged and more contemporary in approach with some emphasis on five of her own co-written numbers which have melodic flair with BABY, I'M COMING HOME and MISSING YOU aided by backing chorus while the album's title song has an appealing guitar backing. Looking back, there's DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING -originally a 1964 hit for Liverpool's Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Four Tops 1966 Motown best-seller REACH OUT (I'LL BE THERE) which have now been reinvented as tasteful ballads. The lovely Fran Landesman/Simon Wallace stunner WHAT LOVE KNOWS makes perfect material for Clare's emotive style and I also liked the cha-cha rhythms of ALONE WITH YOU; the soaring and free-wheeling delight LIGHT FLIGHT and the more energetic pacing of BREAKOUT. Clare's voice is never less than brilliant throughout and I award full marks to her musicians and the sparkling arrangements also.

Whilst this album may not wholly satisfy those who prefer her jazz style, I am of the opinion this expanded range of material will broaden Clare's fan-base considerably, with repeat plays certainly gaining kudos for the album's production values and allowing the songs to become familiar and meaningful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Big John on 24 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This was my first ever Clare Teal purchase. I doubt if it will be my last. If you use it as background music people will ask you who is singing. So perhaps she deserves a more serious approach. Certainly the arrangements can stand this, and her voice is controlled with great precision, so that she can belt a song out yet sing softly in a very haunting manner. In fact her voice is very melodious with a good range.What makes this album for me is the acoustic guitar and samba rythms that have been injected into some of the arrangements.This imparts an interesting fusion of styles, that works. The album is really quite a romantic album. Perhaps the ideal companion for a candlelit dinner for two.I deeply regret not being able to see her live at Ronnie Scotts this year 2008, but that perhaps demonstrates how impressive she is.Take a punt on this, it's worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. K. Jakubczyk on 17 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
My wife and I were very fortunate to catch Clare in concert last night at St George's in Bristol. Live, Clare and her band are very entertaining. Clare is well known for her schtik/ banter between numbers and many will either love or hate her for that but (and it is very big but) her voice and the band's music shines through.

I am very pleased to say that this record is basically more of the same - namely, Clare's great voice and the band's fine musicality. Clare's self-penned compositions (in partnership with Muddy Field) are in my opinion more successful than the standards and covers included in this record. The Martin Firth numbers are also good. Having said that Clare's re-imagining of 'Reach out (I'll be there)' is interesting, and I'm sure will please many listeners.

I'm not a fan of nu-jazz (or whatever it's called); many of Clare's contempories are simply too awful for words. However, Clare has genuine talent and charm that lifts her above other (more widely known) young British jazz singers. This is a good easy record to listen to and one my wife and I will enjoy throughout this summer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sue Vickers-Thompson on 19 May 2007
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The new album is brilliant! With a range of styles and songs, both originals with Mandy Field and others, and classics like Reach Out, it touches every angle. Clare's voice has matured and extended in demonstrated range and depth - it flows over you like the very best melted chocolate but with a kick all its own! The backing band and soloists make their own contributions and the multi-layered vocals show harmonies that need listening to many times - you won't get bored! Be ahead of the crowd - this one is going far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Knipe on 5 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
I saw Clare in concert on Thursday night on the opening night of her new tour to promote this album and was very impressed. Disappointed by a low turnout, she made the best of an interesting situation and blew those of us who were there away. The new songs from the album that she did were great (although I have to admit I do prefer her in her 'jazz/samba' mode to the slightly more straight-ahead ballads), and supported by a range of other songs.

Her band were really tight and the theme from 'Take Three Girls' was one of the most complicated time changes I have ever seen live. Chris the drummer was on top form (as usual), and the rest of the band matched him well.

Third time I have seen Clare and definitely the best. This album will be stunning if it is half as good as the live show.
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