Ouch. This is probably the most difficult question ever. I seriously can't choose - it is way too early for me; having known Hayley's music for only a few weeks. I'll be back on this thread in a few weeks (or months).
Roger, don't forget to answer your own question! I'm very curious to have your opinion on this.
Honestly, I think Pure is my favorite, but I like Treasure a great deal as well. I firmly believe at this point having listened to both versions that Treasure is a far better album than Celtic Treasure though.
For me it is a choice between Pure and Treasure and I love them both for different reasons.
I understand; I'm also hesitating between both. Curiously enough, I already know it won't be Odyssey - not that I didn't enjoy it, but I think the quality level of Pure and Treasure is just too high. Not out of reach, though. I'm pretty sure Hayley's next album will be better - for the simple reason that her voice is growing and she makes intelligent choices over the songs she includes in her album.
I've voted for 'Treasure'. To me it is the best mix of different styles that Hayley has put together so far, and she's had a much bigger input with her songwriting and piano playing. Also her voice sounds better than ever, and this album possibly gives a clearer indication of how Hayley will sound in the future.
I've voted for Treasure because it is, without doubt, a magnificent work of art.
I love Pure (and all Hayley's albums for that matter!) and, I guess, so does everyone else because it is still selling 3 years on but, as Richard said, this is a much more mature Hayley; includes her own work and demonstrates perfectly where she wants to be in her career at this point in time.
It would be interesting to know how Hayley would vote but, from comments she has already made, I think we know the answer to that one!
Post by stevemacdonald on Mar 14, 2007 9:28:00 GMT
I voted Pure because it really is Hayley's best album. Nothing since has demonstrated as much daring and variety. A close second would be Treasure which captures Hayley's vocal majesty in all its full glory. A distant third is her sophomore effort, Odyssey, which was the "Anti-Pure" on so many levels.
Her pre-Decca albums are dazzling, to be sure, but I see no point in comparing them to her super-professionally produced work.
Post by stevemacdonald on Mar 14, 2007 11:08:10 GMT
You mean her Universal Ones
Decca : A Universal Music Company And i see no point in not comparing them
But they were done on such different scales. The production budget for just one of Pure's songs probably exceeds that of the entire My Gift To You and Hayley Westenra CDs combined. Just look at the heavyweights involved on Hayley's Decca albums.
Her earlier works are awesome -- there's no denying that -- but they're just not in the same league as her three Decca releases.
It was different to anything I had heard before, and had some beautiful fantastical lyrics. It was also a bit dark in places, with original material, and some unpredictable covers. I don't think the whole thing is perfect ('Amazing Grace' for example) but overall, it's one of the better albums I have in my CD collection.
I must stop asking questions that I can't answer! Okay, having thought long and hard, these are my conclusions.
The album that means so much to me will always be Pure but that wasn't the question. All things considered, I feel her best album to date is Treasure. In this album, I feel that Hayley has delivered exactly what was needed to increase her popularity. She has matured vocally, has introduced her own material, is playing the piano, and has not been restricted by what we consider "safe".
My decision was based on Treasure. Had it been based on Celtic Treasure, I would have voted for Pure, simply because I already have three tracks that are included on Celtic Treasure.
I voted for (Celtic) Treasure. There was a time when i was telling people that Hayley was something like Sarah Brightman, or Sissel....now I am more of a loss for comparison - viewed strictly as a singer she is simply outstanding.
Nothing in life is perfect - and I thank God for that. When we say that something is perfect we are also saying that there can be no growth because any change must be for the worse. In the end, it is our errors which declare and affirm our humanity.