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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you're in-between Enya releases...

    Ms. Westenra has a lovely, pure voice with nothing unique to recommend it. She sounds wonderful in light Enya-esqye aires with minimal wind backup. Unfortunately, on this album, they pit her voice against the power of Andrea Bocelli and a full orchestra and the result is jarring and doesn't do her any favors. "I Say Grace" is a lovely song, but the gospel switch is awkward and, again, she doesn't have the pipes to compare to the full-bodied sound of the background choir. No one under the age of 20 should ever sing "Both Sides Now." Regardless of their voice, no amount of teenaged angst can bring the range of emotion needed to that song. And Westenra's rendition is only middling technically. Given the fan base, it would also be nice to hear some new songs, rather than re-sings of ones we've heard (especially when there is no new interpretation.) Overall a solid effort, but nothing to rave about. I'll put it in my mix, but think very hard about buying another of her CDs.

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