Archive for Musicals

Michael Ball’s “Centre Stage”

Posted in Michael Ball, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on 1 March, 2009 by Nicola

I do get tired of Michael Ball‘s albums. He basically spews out about three a year with the same songs over and over.  Especially from musicals, as he is a West End star and acts as such in the recording studio, never making any real concept albums.

To discuss Ball’s vocals is a bit of a moot point.  He’s a baritone.  He belts. He’s powerful.  He’s emotive. He’s over the top. You can pilot a plane through his vibrato, and so on.  He is very pleasent to listen to, has a beautiful tone and thus the material he records verges on tragic as it’s such a waste of a huge talent.  But there you are.  This is what we get from Michael Ball, and we have to make the most of it. Continue reading

Hayley Westenra’s Debut Self-Titled Album

Posted in Hayley Westenra, Music with tags , , , , , , , on 6 February, 2009 by Nicola

When I put this album on again after so many years just to write this review, I found myself pleasantly surprised.  After spending so many years insisting that this album was quite poor and was not worthy of any attention I must have lowered my expectations for it considerably, for I now feel quite differently and think that I was wrong to dismiss it so easily.

This album was recorded by Westenra at the tender age of thirteen, though you probably would not have been able to guess that was the case.  It was released only in her native New Zealand, and then Australia in 2001.  It charted extremely well, a kind of success that mirrored that of Charlotte Church over here in the UK.  Of course, at such a young age, and being so unknown, there would have been an issue of what to record.  Her company decided to play it safe, as you only can do with such young singers, and compiled some musical and traditional standards.  Continue reading

Sarah Brightman’s “Love Changes Everything”

Posted in Music, Sarah Brightman with tags , , , , , , , on 2 December, 2008 by Nicola

Every now and again, Andrew Lloyd Webber likes to cash in on his ex-wife’s success and release these albums. This is Webber’s sixth release of Sarah Brightman singing his material (or fifth, it depends how you view the album The Songs That Got Away).

It is the sixth, and it’s also the weakest. It has some tracks that fans have not heard Sarah sing before, which is probably where its market value is coming from, but these new tracks are so atrocious that it is little wonder why they have been locked up inside the Webber recording vault until now. Actually, the wonder is why he decided to let them out! Continue reading