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Indigo: Women Of Song [Australian Import]
Indigo: Women Of Song [Australian Import]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £12.23

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, 28 Mar. 2005
Olivia is still one of the greatest stars down under, but seems to be forgotten by the rest of the world. This is quite a shame, for the best of her records she has made the last ten years. Her very personal 'Gaya', a pop-album with very personal lyrics about ho she conquered breast cancer. 'Back with a heart' is a real return to her country roots. And (2) is a good humoured duet-album with Australia's biggest stars.
And now she gives us this little gem: 'Indigo' where she pays tribute to the heroes of her childhood. In every song you feel the love and the warmth she herself experienced while listening to these songs in her childhood (or young adult life). Doris Day, Dusty Springfield, Minnie Ripperton and Barbra Streisand would be proud of these versions.
'Indigo' is an labour of love.

Offered by nagiry
Price: £11.51

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The least enigmatic..., 28 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Voyageur (Audio CD)
Enigma has, as it's name implies, always been intruiging. This album, however doesn't seem to work. I even waited several months before daring to review it here, afraid I would have left something aside, or to be missing the point of the whole thing.
Actually, Michael Cretu has forgotten that to make a good album, you really need good songs. This album only contains one 'Boum Boum'. The rest only is production and post-production. It worked in the previous albums to create an atmosphere of meditation, or trance. But here it doesn't...
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The Phantom of the Opera: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2004)
The Phantom of the Opera: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2004)

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but go for the original, 28 Mar. 2005
Call me a cynic, call me a purist, but I didn't like much this version of the Phantom... For one thing: I didn't hear the difference between the 'full orchestra' heard here and the 'limited orchestra' of the stage-version.
The music, of course, is still great, but the performers aren't that good...
To put the record straight: I saw the stage version several times, as I have seen the movie. Both Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum play convincingly their parts. I'd even say that Mister Butler's phantom is one of the best I've seen. But he isn't Michael Crawford, who remains the ultimate Phantom.
Emmy Rossum is beautiful and heartwarming as Christine in the film, but on the soundtrack recording she can't convince anyone as an upcoming soprano diva: her voice simply lacks the qualities of a full soprano. To make things worse: she goes frequently flat or off-key... Sarah Brightman (the original Christine) might not be a great operatic soprano, she can convince that she is a star-in-the-making.
As I said before, musically not much has changed, but there is one bonus that makes this cd worth buying. In the movie Minnie Driver (a delightfull Carlotta) is the only one whose voice is dubbed, but as a revenge she got to create a new Lloyd-Webber song. 'Learn to be lonely' is sung by her over the credits and is a real 'goosebump song'. Simple but efficient. No great orchestrations, just a simple song, with a beautiful rendition by Ms Driver.
Summary: go for the Original Stage Cast (full version) and buy the hightlights of the filmversion for this wonderful new song.

Michael Buble [Special Edition with Bonus CD]
Michael Buble [Special Edition with Bonus CD]
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £5.77

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft and smooth, 16 Jan. 2005
I bought this album before, because of Michaels wonderful voice, which is husky and smooth at the same time.
I had to buy it twice, because of the extra cd here. The second cd is the mini-album with Christmas songs that was released last year but got out of print.
Michaels rendition of some timeless christmas classics is as flawless as the other songs on the album.

Bucks Fizz /  Writing on the Wall
Bucks Fizz / Writing on the Wall
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £11.33

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Bucks Fizz's best, 16 Jan. 2005
After the re-releases of the four RCA-albums, I waited anxiously for the last album to be released. It is a nice gesture towards the fans that Polygram made it suitable to the RCA releases. In this object, you can find the same artwork on the side of the disc, so you van find newest member Shelley Preston completing the box of five.
Don't let them fool you. One may claim that in this form the cd has 'restored' the original album, but sadly 'You and your heart so blue' and the original 'Love in a world gone mad' are missing. 'Keep each other warm' has been cut to the 7' version, which is a shame.
But otherwise, this is the finest of their albums. As every other reviewer mentioned before: the highlight is 'Love in a world gone mad', but every single other song is a gem in it's own right. To buy and to cherish.

The Movie Album
The Movie Album
Price: £5.80

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Barbra on automatic pilot, 16 Jan. 2005
This review is from: The Movie Album (Audio CD)
As a longtime Streisand-fan, I find it hard to admit this: Barbra has lost her punch. The songs on this album are no less than excellent. The production is spotless, the singing is flawless. And yet, something is lacking. After a few songs you get bored.
In my opinion, Barbra has tried too much to make a perfect album, and in rehearsing en re-rehearsing, the heart and soul went missing.
Some songs do get away with it. Especially the ones who got a 'simple' treatment: 'Smile', 'Moon river' and 'I'm in the mood for love' are the songs that make the album worth buying. The rest is... well, litterally: 'too good to be truthfull'.
For fans only.

Aspects of Love
Aspects of Love
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £5.89

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lloyd Webber's most intimate piece, 19 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Aspects of Love (Audio CD)
'Aspects of Love' will go into history as ALW's only flop. This is not deserved. After his huge productions (he just finished 'The Phantom of the Opera')he wanted a little intimate piece. And boy, did he succeed!.
He follows attentively the storyline of the novel by David Garnett and Don Black and Charles Hart did a wonderful job to use exactly the same words as in the book.
The plot is all about a circle of life, and how faith can transmit from mother to daughter. Both mother and daughter live the same love and passion for the same man at a different moment in time. So the story seems to repeat itself. ALW translates this in a score that seem to reflect itself discretely. So yes, the score of the second act is nearly the same as in the first, but the arrangements accentuate the nuances.
So this is not an easy musical, in terms of 'sit back and enjoy'. It is nearly interactive! Can you put your finger on the themes and how they are woven in the lives of the protagonists? This delicate play of themes make the musical a delight and without any doubt, ALW's finest. For the careful listener: he will use some songlines again later in 'The Woman in White'.
A part from that, there are the wonderful themes: 'Love changes everything', which launched Michael Balls carrere and 'Anything but lonely' which remains an encore standard for Sarah Brightman.

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