Hayley Westenra The Best - Japan release 26/3/2014 Jan 29, 2014 3:26:23 GMT via mobile
Post by Jillian on Jan 29, 2014 3:26:23 GMT
Seems a bit drastic... but ok. I do echo your sentiment about Hayley getting new stuff, as in NEW new stuff, out into the world. We need some that has Hayley basically written all over it. Perhaps in the songwriters credits?
Actually fair enough Libby. If this was a western Decca greatest hits it would be extremely concerning. In that situation it would be only a means to quickly wrap up their contractual obligations before ending Hayley's record deal. But thankfully that is not the case.
Universal Japan on the other hand, seem to like churning out the greatest hits compilations like there's no tomorrow! :rollin
I think the reason the last lot if Japanese songs sounded sugary was that the instrumentals were all synthesised and washed blandly around in the background of the songs. The vocals had a lot of potential though.
The fact that they are even re-recording one of the tracks from the Best of Japanese Songs shows that there's going to be more effort put in this time.
I know we want proper new stuff, but we were never going to get that until late this year/early next year anyway.
As this is just a Universal Japan side project, it is unlikely to delay the real album or adversely impact on Hayley's wider reputation and prospects. As such, I see it as a bit of harmless amusement to see us through the beginning of 2014.
Sure, the new songs may not demonstrate any creative advances and may feel like 'treading water' artistically. However, I think I will find some new recordings with Hayley's proper, full singing voice to be quite reassuring. Remind me that it's still there.