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Easy. Perfect. Too much so.,
This review is from: Living A Dream (Audio CD)
For Katherine Jenkins' third album in as many years very little has been left to chance. The 16 songs here, a mixture of popular operatic, sacred and show tunes, with just the one traditional Welsh number this time, would feature well up in everybody's list of favourite melodies. Slight liberties, if that's the right word, are taken with just three of them - the translation into Italian of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" (at last sung by someone with a voice capable of doing it full justice, with all due respect to DP!), the translation the other way into English of Puccini's "One Fine Day" (so that for many of us we at last get to understand what it's all about) and the unfamiliar tune and arrangement by John Rutter of the popular children's hymn "All Things Bright And Beautiful".
In case there is still anyone out there who has not yet come across Katherine's work, let me say that she has a wonderful singing voice, a golden mezzo-soprano, her diction is almost perfect so that you can hear every word, even if you don't understand them, and there is very little noticeable vibrato. A feature of the last album was the slightly idiosyncratic arrangement of some of the songs to fit her range - on this album the arrangements are more straightforward, in some places requiring her to hit some pretty high notes, which she does, perfectly.
The orchestral and choral backings and arrangements are, as before, quite unobtrusive and laid back - although there is reference in the sleevenotes to additional keyboards and programming nothing has been spoiled. However, what it all, including Katherine's vocals, lacks is any excitement or real passion. It is easy, undemanding listening par excellence, and if you enjoyed her first two albums on that level (as did I) you'll enjoy this one as well.