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By A Customer
This review is from: Defixiones Will And Testament (Audio CD)
This is a true masterpiece. Simultaneously released with "La Serpenta Canta", a collection of Diamanda's favourite songs, "Defixiones" is the only album she actually wanted to release. It is a true concept album about a very dark and terrible event that happened in the early 20th century. It took Diamanda six years of research to bring this album together, and she sings in 14 different languages, but that is not a problem, because the 40 page booklet comes with translations and
background information, as well as photographs. The CDs themselves are very beautifully packaged in a hardback book.
The first CD has to be the most unique and impressive. She sings beautifully and never before has her voice shown more emotions that on this CD. She never screams like she used to on some of her previous albums. She also uses a lot of sound effects and other instruments that add more depth and atmosphere. The booklet should be read thoroughly to understand what she is singing about, only then can you appreciate her artistic geniality of the last song on the first CD, which closes the first act of her darkest concept album ever.
The second CD is slightly different. Diamanda performs "Songs of Exile" on the piano only, and it sounds more 'live' because of a cheering audience. The songs here are not directly linked to the subject on the first CD, but they can be referred to it, and they certainly do work as a whole.
All in all, her most impressive work to date, and she deserves some recognition for it.