Maybe on this newest cover they wanted to zoom in for the closeup i would imagine.
I've noticed that on debut albums, they usually put a closeup of the face on the cover, and then zoom out as they please on later CDs. I guess this sort of familiarizes us with the new artist.
So maybe this special edition rerelease is meant to introduce a "new" Hayley to the UK population, different from the somewhat-shy look she had on Pure, just in time for the UK tour.
Another instance where I've seen this happen was Charlotte Church's albums. This first album cover was a closeup, but on the second CD, which musically imitated the first, the photo was zoomed out. Her third cover wasn't even a photo. But when she changed styles with Enchantment, the cover had another closeup shot.
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Post by stevemacdonald on Feb 11, 2006 3:57:11 GMT
I really, really like this new cover picture of Hayley. It's dignified and mature, with a hint of Mona Lisa's inscrutable smile/non-smile. And those intelligent eyes have clearly seen a lot during her odyssey, from the spectacle of British royal splendor to the poignancy of sub-Saharan African poverty. She doesn't seem haunted by it all, but rather, focused and empathic. She's not even trying to look pretty, though she inescapably does. Pictures like this capture the real Hayley instead of the merely posed Hayley of the first Odyssey cover. Nice work.
The cover is beautiful, very simple and classy at the same time. It gives a mature feel than the original Odyssey cover. I guess Oksana's theory of a "new" Hayley does make sense, perhaps the record label is try to reinvent Hayley's image so that she can compete with other more "mature" sopranos such as Rene Flemming or Angela Gheorghiu.
Hopefully the new edition will be available outside UK, the rest of the world is missing out
Post by stevemacdonald on Feb 11, 2006 7:56:54 GMT
The cover's quite a generic picture, from the composition to the color scheme.
At first blush, yes, and I hate to say it but that's exactly what I felt, too.
The new cover is basically a humble head shot, not a hi-falutin' conceptual piece befitting a commercial superstar.
Because I am a fan of Hayley's who knows firsthand how much better she looks and sounds in person I don't expect too much from her portrait shots.
This new cover pic is unassuming in the extreme. No special effects, no haunting shadows, no intentionally quizzical expressions ... My goodness, what were they thinking?
What it lacks in composition and color scheme can be forgiven in a heartbeat if you look far enough beyond the superficial. Hayley has an almost pre-existing charisma for many of us, so any picture, as long as it's in focus, will speak volumes.
This appreciation is not unjustified, since there is a wonderful subtlety to her facial appearance even at her most dynamic.
I don't know Hayley personally but I've met her on several occasions in New York City. I have observed that she is expressive and animated when dealing with her fans after a swell concert, which is to be expected. And almost all the fan photos I've seen of her convey this energy immediately. The new Odyssey cover picture is amazing because it doesn't present that familiar side to her. That would have been too easy. This is the Hayley who's left the building. The real Hayley.
The photo isn't an unqualified masterpiece, but it's awfully good, generic or not.