First of all, thanks again to Joe who introduced me to this amazing singer. Back in mid-August, I indicated that I had ordered 'Sweet is the Melody' from amazon.com. It arrived today and is playing now for the first time.
WOW! I love the voice, the songs, the arrangements...
But wait. There must be some mistake. This sounds like an established and remarkably mature voice, yet it was recorded when Aselin was (wait for it!)...... 12 !
I am sure I will be back to say more in the days to come but, for now, I will just say this:
....And that's not all! This is an enhanced CD and includes a music video of one of the tracks, namely 'Driftwood'.
Okay, so 'Driftwood' means something to me - it was the name of my folk group! We used to play in local pubs and clubs between about 1976 and 1980! Haha, oh the memories! Lol
Anyway, back to Aselin. This video is terrific. She performs the song really well and the outdoor setting is perfect. Most importantly, you can see how she really *works* the audience in a truly professional way. Despite her tender years, I think she must be a really exciting performer to see live. Maybe one day.
Glad to hear that your CD finally arrived from amazon.com!
Aselin's songs are indeed wonderfully arranged. The instrumentations are top-notch; these along w/ her voice make for one incredible album.
I simply love the track 'Moonlight Shadow'. This song, composed by Mike Oldfield (Tubular Bells) is sort of on the dark side but is very appealing.
Do you like the 'Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful Medley' track? The arrangement is unusual but I've grown to like it!
That video is taken from her DVD special; the setting is beautiful Glace Bay harbour in Nova Scotia. It has various clips of Aselin in the recording studio, her home life, and of some of the fishing trade of the area.
I have always liked 'Moonlight Shadow' but I can honestly say I like Aselin's version better than Mike Oldfield's (actually, wasn't it his sister who sang it?).
So far, I have only heard Aselin's CD once and my initial impression of 'Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World' was one of shock! However, that pulsing rhythm, which is almost reggae(!), is one that may well grow on me. It is a fascinating arrangement and I think it really does work. It just takes a little while to acclimatise!