Review of Odyssey Aug 21, 2005 15:48:43 GMT
Post by Dave on Aug 21, 2005 15:48:43 GMT
kcuteus1 said:Here is the my review.
the prayer-love this song...
Hi Kimberly, I agree exactly with most of what you said in your review. Here are my thoughts on it (if I exactly agree with you, I've left it out!)
You and I may be in a minority but I agree about the Bocelli duet. It's OK - but as far as I am concerned, they should never have handed over production and control to another studio in a foreign Country - as they seem to have done here. Big mistake, but as I said weeks ago, they will keep it in for "political" reasons. And, if I want to listen to Andrea Bocelli, I'll buy his albums! Some people will be impressed though, that Andrea Bocelli is on Hayley's album.
Both Sides Now - probably another minority opinion but again I agree; nice but overdone (too famous, overplayed.).
What You Never Know - I'm not too familiar with Sarah's version so any similarities don't bother me. I like it but it's not in my top 3 for the album.
Bachianas.This is one of the things I have wanted to talk about and now, you've prompted me! It does indeed "feel like" like parts have been processed in some way. I'm not sure how, but for example, I've never heard Hayley use vibrato as she does on some sustained notes in this track. It's almost as if they electronically slowed down some notes (without changing the pitch), perhaps to sustain them longer? I hope I am wrong but that's how it feels to me. A similar effect is present in parts of the new track recently played on Classic FM - Laudate Dominum - but I've never heard it anywhere else. I hope this is just Hayley trying out new vibratos but it makes me feel uneasy and slightly spoils for me what are otherwise great songs. But, I bet most people don't even notice it!
She Moves Through The Fair - I think it's a great performance and I can see its attraction to you and many other people. But, it feels slightly out of place on an album like Odyssey (in a similar way to how Wuthering Heights felt out of place on Pure, for me.)
Overall, Odyssey is a great album and I love it but that doesn't mean it's perfect and I do agree with some of your reservations about the production. If it was rushed out a little too soon, perhaps some of these (fairly minor) issues can be ironed out before the important UK and US versions are released - although time is now very short.