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Cellist, singer/songwriter, Caroline Lavelle has appeared on albums and tracks by everyone from Radiohead, The Waterboys, The Banshees and more recently The Cranberries and Massive Attack. She has also collaborated with William Orbit and Peter Gabriel. She is currently working with Loreena McKennitt.In 1998 and 1999, Caroline toured with Loreena McKennitt and Massive Attack and recorded two albums with French composer Hector Zazou. She also recorded the soundtrack for the Ewan McGregor/Ashley Judd film, The Eye of the Beholder and has a track featured In the new John Dahl movie Roadkill (Joyride in the US) Features 3 previously unreleased tracks not on the original release
As a session musician, cellist and singer Caroline Lavelle has a seriously classy track record, and this pedigree shows through on Brilliant Midnight 2.0, her second solo album. Mixing classical arrangements with contemporary programming, Lavelle here delivers a quite exquisite set of songs, each wildly varying in style, but all held together by her surprisingly powerful voice and richly poetic lyrics (some of them seemingly based on a bad relationship with a music-biz type). Opening with the dramatic "Lost Voices", the album moves into "Karma" (a less tortured Portishead), the breathy, Celtic "Anima Rising" and the layered, trip-hop folk of "Firefly Night". Then, it just keeps getting better, through the pained, piano-led "The Fall" and the Middle Eastern gothic of "Anxiety", to "Le Pourquoi", a kind of French classical-vaudeville hybrid, and the closing, cello-powered "Twisted Ends", ending with a wicked chuckle deflecting any accusations of pomposity. The only drawbacks are the bland pop of "All I Have" and a poor version of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", where an inappropriate electro backing overruns the vocal. Nevertheless, it's a superb album. --Dominic Wills
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Everyone will have their own favourite track. Mine is 'All I Have', which appears twice with a longer remix at the end. For once, the remix is not an excuse to get out some self-indulgent producer's ragbag of odds and ends, but in this case is even better than the original.
Buy this, set your CD player on 'repeat', relax and drift away ...
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There are 2 versions of this CD, this review is about the 2nd version with 3 added songs which is why the title states 2.0
Check out Caroline's website and look for her US tour in 2003!