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Wonderland

30 Nov. 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 4 Dec. 2009
  • Release Date: 30 Nov. 2009
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
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  • Total Length: 51:57
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  • ASIN: B002Y3UUJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,047 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Hettie Lawrence TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2009
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Imagine the feeling of settling down by the fire on Christmas Eve, illuminated by fairy lights, watching the snow through the window...the goosebumps you used to get as a child, and maybe still do, if you're lucky. Imagine translating that feeling into music. Well, that's what this album has done.

A welcome change from the usual tacky Christmas albums, Wonderland is as delicate and ethereal as Jack Frost, Faryl's voice clear and pure as ever. Everything about this album, from it's silvery blue cover to its tracklist, draws you into a magical world. The opening track, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, is stunning with some contemporary, poignant lyrics. Barcarolle, from Tales of Hoffman, is beautifully sung to the familiat, undulating melody, and Blow the Wind Southerly instills you with warmth and happiness. The stand out track, in an album full of quality, is Wonderland, which is set to Vivaldi's 'Winter' from the Four Seasons. This is a most inspired song, one of those tracks that makes you stop what you're doing and listen enrapt, too beautiful to drown out with the sound of anything else, I even found myself trying to breathe quietly.

I have one tiny criticism, which didn't merit giving less than five stars to this gorgeous album. The last song, How Can I Keep From Singing, was also included on her last album, the eponymously titled Faryl. It's uncessecary and lazy to re-use songs, and her production team let her down by doing so. That said, Faryl is a huge talent and a joy to listen to, and I look forward to her next album.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Mccarthy on 4 Dec. 2009
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Wonderland

Faryl Smith's appearance at the Albert Hall Festival of Remembrance this year - 2009 - won me over. Her dignified presentation and uplifting voice made me want more. I bought her first album but - as she said herself - the titles were chosen for her and I was disappointed as no doubt was she but this album - WONDERLAND - is refreshingly different and suits her voice and personality perfectly. With the right guidance and support I can see her replace Katherine Jenkins as the voice of our Armed Services and good luck to her. A lovely girl with a moving selection of songs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jose on 12 Dec. 2009
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Perfect CD, mix of relaxing songs and anothers less relaxing, O Holy night is full of power and the rendition "Adiemus" of Karl Jenkins nearly makes you cry and is stunning; the song: "Somewhere Far Away" is a perfect mixing of vocals and amazing arrangements,and the lyrics are very beautiful.
This cd is a must have, and not only for Christmas.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Epicurean on 12 Jan. 2010
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I had been looking forward to buying this CD after enjoying her debut album. I certainly wasn't disappointed. The difference in maturity from first to second is just amazing. Her voice is mellow and flowing, pure and clear. And how it soars in Night of Silence! Just heavenly!

I must also mention her performance of Hymn to the Moon. I would imagine this is usually performed by an experienced singer, such as Anna Netrebko, but Faryl takes it to new heights with her powerful rendition. I still find it hard to believe she's only fourteen!

Faryl, if you read this, well done, young lady! You do yourself credit with such a beautiful album, and I look forward to the next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Rivière on 5 Feb. 2012
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Between 2008 and 2010, the television talent shows Britain's Got Talent and its American counterpart America's Got Talent unearthed three superstar singers - Faryl Smith, Susan Boyle, and Jackie Evancho. If I have to describe these singers in two words, I would call Susan Boyle the pop singer, Jackie Evancho the opera girl, and Faryl Smith the classical crossover. Faryl sings with crystal clarity. She has the technical talent to sing opera arias like Jacques Offenbach's Barcarolle and pops like The Carpenter's Close to You with equal ease. She is the consummate classical crossover singer, in the same genre of the crossover diva Sarah Brightman. But through no fault of her own, she failed to capture the imagination of the public. Her 2009 debut album Faryl was greeted with a fair amount of enthusiasm on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching no. 4 in the UK Albums Chart and No. 31 in the Billboard US Heatseeker Albums Chart. But the public quickly lost interest. Her second album Wonderland of the same year barely reached 56 in the U.K. Chart and was never released in North America due to poor sale in the U.K. Today, Faryl is virtually forgotten across the pond. In spite of the much touted £2.3 million contract with Universal Classics and Jazz, a third album is no where in sight, more than two years after the release of her last album Wonderland. A much-anticipated Faryl Smith exclusive concert tour never materialized. Perhaps that is because Faryl is such a well behaving young lady in public and so normal is every way that the public find her boring - in a personal way. The listening public is a mysterious beast that often acts without rhythm or reason.

Faryl, where are you? Don't crawl into a hole and wither in the dark; that's a career killer. Come out to the sunshine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By shenor on 27 Dec. 2009
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I have one tiny criticism, which didn't merit giving less than five stars to this gorgeous album. The last song, How Can I Keep From Singing, was also included on her last album, That said, Faryl is a huge talent and a joy to listen to, and I look forward to her next album. As long as there are no more repeats
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