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emd / angel
our score: 2.5 out of 5.0
Hangs Brightly |
peter naldrett - uk music correspondent
With the first
snow of the winter already lining the streets of the UK, its
fitting that Sarah Brightmans new album has her looking
like an Ice Queen on the cover, creating its chilly, crisp theme.
Already released and reaching the top 20 in the States, La
Luna sees Brightman interpreting a number of classical and
contemporary songs-and adding to the remarkable eight million
albums she has sold in the last two years. Thats not bad
going for an artist who has a classical base and relies in crossing
her roots with a more contemporary, popular culture.
But for all
the impressive statistics, La Luna ultimately fails to
warm the winter heart, it becoming plainly obvious after a couple
of tracks that she is trying too hard to appeal to the Enya-style
audience, and not coming close to the high standard already set.
Yes, there are nice musical interludes with mood-soothing Enya-esque
moments, but the choice of material and dreadful way that the
rest of it is presented is enough to make sure that La Luna
will not figure any the round-up of favourites in 2001.
of "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" has to be the worst in living
memory, while "Winter in July" and "Here With Me"
are too poppy to feel at home here.
not all bad. The cover of "Scarborough Fair" is delightful,
and "Figlio Perduto" is magnificent, though again only
because it sounds like it could be Enya. In fact, the best thing
about La Luna is the CD itself, it being a pretty picture
of a moon with all its craters. Not the greatest way to start
off the New Year, then, with this random, up and down effort from
liked La Luna...
2. Winter In July
3. Scarborough Fair
4. Figlio Perduto
5. A Whiter Shade Of Pale
6. He Doesn't See Me
8. How Fair This Place
9. Hijo De La Luna
10. Here With Me
11. La Califfa
12. This Love
13. Solo Con Te
14. Gloomy Sunday
15. La Luna