This album is superb. I have been a fan of Sarah Brightman for many years, and have been waiting (and waiting) for this album to hit the shelves. And I am not disappointed or underwhelmed in any sense. I think with every new album you need to listen to a few times, get a feel for it, and you learn from it. Sarah has produced a stunning album that has detail and quality in every aspect. The vocals are superb, the production and quality of the music is superb, and the "theme" of the album flows right through, but much more subtly that in Harem. I think this was wise, as the "gothic" element could have over powered the album. Track 5 is a good example (Sanvean) where there is a lucious melody and tranquil track that has subtle elements of electric guitar in the latter half of the track, which I didn't pick up on the first listen.
Sarah has blended classical with contemporary once again, but she does it with finese. There are elements of a formula with her work, but it is always a progression. The art work in the album is beautiful, it must have taken time to produce.
Stand out tracks for me are Fleurs du Mal, Symphony and Canto Della Terra (feat. Andrea Bocelli). I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go) (feat. Paul Stanley) didnt appeal as much when I first listened to it, but I love the contrast in the voice and really like it a lot now. Sarai Qui (feat. Alessandro Safina) is a beautiful duet version of Faith Hill's "There you'll be". The vocals, particularly the last note, on "Attesa" are again amazing. "Running" is again a blend of classical that moves into contemporary and back to classical.
The entire album is well crafted, and the flow of the songs work really well. This is a progression from Edne, La Luna and Harem, but it maintains the standard and development of each. Can't recommend this highly enough