Christmas Presence - Wales Millennium Ctr 2006 Feb 7, 2008 19:14:08 GMT
Post by milewalker on Feb 7, 2008 19:14:08 GMT
milewalker said:Hi Dave,
In the case of this particular song, in my opinion, raw power counts....while there is little bad to say about Hayley's version, for this reason, as well as the fact that the arrangement allowed her to shy away from some high notes, I have to say I still prefer several other live versions of this song over this one.
Hi Jon, well I certainly don't praise Hayley performances for the sake of it but I have to disagree with you there. I've heard plenty of "raw power" versions including the Celine/Josh and Celine/Andrea duets but I've preferred Hayley's more delicate version with the choir, ever since I first heard it. The emotion Hayley puts into this performance more than makes up for any "lack of power" for me, although I have some doubts about the sound mix for TV (also, the broadcast audio quality and camerawork were slightly amiss, in places). Anyway, vocal power is greatly overrated in my book, or perhaps it's just because I prefer the sound of Hayley's voice to Celine and the others.
I do have one criticism though - it seemed to be a slightly abridged arrangement - or some of the other arrangements are extended, I wanted it to last longer. I'd love to hear a Hayley duet of it too.
De gustibus non est disputantum, I guess
Actually, as you might have already surmised, I had the Groban/Church version of the song in mind above. Celine doesnt really do it for me either, most of the time. I should hasten to add that I do have one CD from her as I do many artists.
Power per se isnt a strong preference of mine either - but I think it does confer one advantage. When used discretely it can give a singer more interpretive range. A lot of people equate vocal power with passion and the reason for this is valid enough - after all even in conversation we tend to raise our voice when upset or excited, and soften our voices when meditative or intimate.. As it happens - while I disagree with most people most of the time about this, interpretive skills (more accurately, the perceived lack of them) are the main thing about Hayley which still draws mainstream criticism.
There is nothing wrong with Hayley's version of this really - beyond the "cheating" allowed in the arrangement. I did think the choir was a little weak - and for that reason would have preferred an actual duet as well.