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Sarah Brightman - Dreamchaser

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    Personnel: Sarah Brightman (vocals); Paul Moak (guitars); Makoto Sakamoto, Mike Hedges, Sally Herbert, Pete Davis (programming). Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK; Air Studios, London, UK; Air-Edel Studios, London, UK; Angel Studios......more

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Artist: Brightman, Sarah
Personnel: Sarah Brightman (vocals); Paul Moak (guitars); Makoto Sakamoto, Mike Hedges, Sally Herbert, Pete Davis (programming). Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK; Air Studios, London, UK; Air-Edel Studios, London, UK; Angel Studios, London, UK; Stratosphere Sound; The Strongroom, London, UK; The Village, Los Angeles, CA; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Editor: Matt Brownlie . Photographer: Simon Fowler . Arrangers: Mike Hedges; Sally Herbert. Dreamchaser is classical crossover superstar Sarah Brightman's first studio recording in five years. The offering was inspired by her decision to become the first singer in outer space. She has already spent time training, and is scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station in 2015. Mike Hedges and Sally Herbert (the latter formerly of the Banderas) helmed these sessions with heavy hands and regal elegance. The set opens with the spacy classical pop of "Angel," written by Herbert and Jerry Burns specifically for the singer. Its enormous strings, electronic percussion, throbbing bassline, disembodied backing voices, guitars, and harp offer a dramatic entrance -- especially when the choir enters to cap it. Up next is the first eye-opener: her reading of Elbow's "One Day Like This." Her voice is surrounded by sequenced synths, painstakingly arranged strings, and ambient textures, turning this indie pop gem into the mainstream, grown-up variety, yet keeping the song's integrity. She follows it with a reading of Sigur Rós' "Glosoli," with English lyrics by Squeeze's Chris Difford. The beautiful, subtle soundscapes of this Icelandic band are absent here, replaced by a more pronounced sense of melody. That said, ambient sounds, layers of cellos and violincellos, a restrained backing chorus, and drums that sound like muted thunder create a stellar backdrop for Brightman's gorgeous vocal. Her readings of the "Lento e Largo" from Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 3 and Rimsky-Korsakov's "A Song of India" are less successful, however, due to so much reverb that Brightman actually gets swamped in the mix. Another standout is her version of Sia's confessional "Breathe Me." Framed in sparse keyboards and warm spacious electronics before the other instruments enter, her vocal is treated with digital delay and reverb tastefully, adding dimension to a track she makes her own. Likewise, pushing her version of the Cocteau Twins' "Eperdu" out further on an excess ledge -- while remaining faithful to the basic production -- works quite well, even if it is less delightfully alien than the original. That said, her reading of Paul McCartney's "Venus and Mars" falls quite flat, containing none of the charm written into the tune. Though Dreamchaser may not win her many new fans -- she doesn't need them -- it's is a shoo-in for fans. Despite some missteps, Brightman stretches her comfort zone again; she gets points for even attempting some of these songs. That she pulls off her most daring choices is a testament to her artistry. ~ Thom Jurek
See Also:
Eden, Classics: The Best of Sarah Brightman, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
See Influences:
Judy Garland, Luciano Pavarotti, Enya, ABBA, Jessie Matthews, Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Annie Lennox, Barbra Streisand, Jose Carreras (Tenor Vocal), Andrew Lloyd Webber, Freddie Mercury, Betty Buckley, Donna Summer (Vocals), Placido Domingo
See Contemporaries:
Tom Wopat, Sissel, Beth Orton, Michael Feinstein, Sarah McLachlan, Enigma, Michael Crawford (Vocals), Andrea Bocelli, Loreena McKennitt, Josh Groban, Sophie B. Hawkins (Singer/Songwriter), Tori Amos, Mandy Patinkin, Annie Lennox, Dennis DeYoung, Sinead O'Connor, Dawn Upshaw (Soprano Vocal), Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall, Celine Dion, Audra McDonald, The Cardigans, Dido, Judy Kuhn, Sade, Susan Boyle (Vocals), The Cranberries, John Pizzarelli, The Corrs, Linda Eder, Paul Potts, Patti LuPone, Enya, Charlotte Church (Vocals), Bette Midler, Jane Monheit
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Angel
  2. 2 One Day Like This
  3. 3 Glosoli
  4. 4 Lento e Largo [From Symphony No.3, Op. 36]
  5. 5 B 612
  6. 6 Breathe Me
  7. 7 Ave Maria
  8. 8 Eperdu
  9. 9 Song of India, A
  10. 10 Venus and Mars
  11. 11 Closer
Pop Vocal
Mike Hedges; Sally Herbert
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
60 : 42
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