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Harem (Limited Edition CD + DVD) Import

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  • Audio CD (29 Sept. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0000C7GFP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 764,891 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
So here it is - for fans of Sarah Brightman this is the long awaited brand new studio album (still yet to be released in the UK). Its release has been delayed for months - particularly due to the track "The War is Over" - a duet with an Iraqi singer, which many critics believed was a blatant attempt at a political statement. Personally I think it was an unfortunate coincidence as Sarah has been working on the album and its Middle-Eastern theme for two years, (but that's another debate altogether).
So what is it like? Well, on the whole the album is built upon the same formula as the last three Sarah albums (Classics, La Luna, Eden) and Sarah's crystalline voice is prevalent and gorgeous as ever, but she has taken a new direction, as roughly half of the tracks are much more up tempo with a handful having a disco/synth/pop foundation - drawing on some of the digital sounds of much current pop music. Others are more anthemic, rock-influenced tracks echoing her earlier work (the albums Divé, and Fly).
The title means "forbidden place", and the Arabic theme runs throughout, blending well with the up tempo tracks as well as the ballads, and making the whole album generally more dramatic and energetic than its two predecessors.
The album opens with the title track - which acts as an overture, setting the Middle-Eastern precedent from the outset, with an orchestral and foreboding first half which erupts into a euro/disco flavoured Turkish dance. Next is an unlikely cover of the Louis Armstrong classic "What a Wonderful World", which seems slightly out of place and is arguably the weakest track on the album.
"It's a Beautiful Day" is a futuristic/Arabic hybrid of an original soprano score from Puccini, with added lyrics and vocals, and a slight rock influence.
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This album is much different from Timeless, Eden and La Luna, but Sarah’s great soprano voice is as beautiful as ever. She is so talented. Sarah’s voice shone with joy. You can hear her warm-heartedness and arrangement in every word she sings throughout this album. All songs are recorded with a symphony orchestra. Harem is a brilliant album.
The song HAREM takes you on a fantasy-voyage into the Arabian Nights (1001 nights fairy-tales). The song has a mysterious Oriental sound. The song “Cancao do Mar” is used for HAREM. Sarah’s voice is so beautiful, very bright and crystal-clear. Great rhythm.
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD, same lyrics as with Louis Armstrong but in a new style. Sarah sings passages from Puccini’s “Un bel di vedremo”, from Madama Butterfly during IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY. It would be phenomenal to hear Sarah sing the original versions of “Vissi d’arte” by Puccini and “Casta Diva” by Bellini.
WHAT YOU NEVER KNOW, is a very beautiful song - when you get to know it. THE JOURNEY HOME from the Indian musical “Bombay Dreams” has a fresh rhythm. Sarah sings it incredible with her lovely voice. FREE, is a marvellous song with Nigel Kennedy playing violin at the end of the song
MYSTERIOUS DAYS, fantastic song. Ofra Haza (a Jewish female singer, who sadly passed away 3 years ago) has a fabulous beautiful voice too. Ofra’s and Sarah’s voices suit each other perfectly. The song has a great dance beat.
THE WAR IS OVER (fortunately). Sarah sings it marvellous. She sings duet with an Iraqi singer Kazem Al-Sahir. He sings in Arabic: “Welcome all people of the world”.
MISERE MEI is an interlude to BEAUTIFUL. Two very beautiful songs. ARABIAN NIGHTS. Great beat.
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Format: Audio CD
This album is much different from Timeless, Eden and La Luna, but Sarah’s great soprano voice is as beautiful as ever. She is so talented. Sarah’s voice shone with joy. You can hear her warm-heartedness and arrangement in every word she sings throughout this album. All songs are recorded with a symphony orchestra. Harem is a brilliant album.
The song HAREM takes you on a fantasy-voyage into the Arabian Nights (1001 nights fairy-tales). The song has a mysterious Oriental sound. The song “Cancao do Mar” is used for HAREM. Sarah’s voice is so beautiful, very bright and crystal-clear. Great rhythm.
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD, same lyrics as with Louis Armstrong but in a new style. Sarah sings passages from Puccini’s “Un bel di vedremo”, from Madama Butterfly during IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY. It would be phenomenal to hear Sarah sing the original versions of “Vissi d’arte” by Puccini and “Casta Diva” by Bellini.
WHAT YOU NEVER KNOW, is a very beautiful song - when you get to know it. THE JOURNEY HOME from the Indian musical “Bombay Dreams” has a fresh rhythm. Sarah sings it incredible with her lovely voice. FREE, is a marvellous song with Nigel Kennedy playing violin at the end of the song
MYSTERIOUS DAYS, fantastic song. Ofra Haza (a Jewish female singer, who sadly passed away 3 years ago) has a fabulous beautiful voice too. Ofra’s and Sarah’s voices suit each other perfectly. The song has a great dance beat.
THE WAR IS OVER (fortunately). Sarah sings it marvellous. She sings duet with an Iraqi singer Kazem Al-Sahir. He sings in Arabic: “Welcome all people of the world”.
MISERE MEI is an interlude to BEAUTIFUL. Two very beautiful songs. ARABIAN NIGHTS. Great beat.
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