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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Dreamchaser is classical crossover superstar Sarah Brightman's first studio recording in five years. The offering was inspired by her decision to become the first singer in outer space. She has already spent time training, and is scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station in 2015. Mike Hedges and Sally Herbert (the latter formerly of the Banderas) helmed these sessions with heavy hands and regal elegance. The set opens with the spacy classical pop of "Angel," written by Herbert and Jerry Burns specifically for the singer. Its enormous strings, electronic percussion, throbbing bassline, disembodied backing voices, guitars, and harp offer a dramatic entrance -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Dreamchaser is classical crossover superstar Sarah Brightman's first studio recording in five years. The offering was inspired by her decision to become the first singer in outer space. She has already spent time training, and is scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station in 2015. Mike Hedges and Sally Herbert (the latter formerly of the Banderas) helmed these sessions with heavy hands and regal elegance. The set opens with the spacy classical pop of "Angel," written by Herbert and Jerry Burns specifically for the singer. Its enormous strings, electronic percussion, throbbing bassline, disembodied backing voices, guitars, and harp offer a dramatic entrance -- especially when the choir enters to cap it. Up next is the first eye-opener: her reading of Elbow's "One Day Like This." Her voice is surrounded by sequenced synths, painstakingly arranged strings, and ambient textures, turning this indie pop gem into the mainstream, grown-up variety, yet keeping the song's integrity. She follows it with a reading of Sigur Rós' "Glosoli," with English lyrics by Squeeze's Chris Difford. The beautiful, subtle soundscapes of this Icelandic band are absent here, replaced by a more pronounced sense of melody. That said, ambient sounds, layers of cellos and violincellos, a restrained backing chorus, and drums that sound like muted thunder create a stellar backdrop for Brightman's gorgeous vocal. Her readings of the "Lento e Largo" from Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 3 and Rimsky-Korsakov's "A Song of India" are less successful, however, due to so much reverb that Brightman actually gets swamped in the mix. Another standout is her version of Sia's confessional "Breathe Me." Framed in sparse keyboards and warm spacious electronics before the other instruments enter, her vocal is treated with digital delay and reverb tastefully, adding dimension to a track she makes her own. Likewise, pushing her version of the Cocteau Twins' "Eperdu" out further on an excess ledge -- while remaining faithful to the basic production -- works quite well, even if it is less delightfully alien than the original. That said, her reading of Paul McCartney's "Venus and Mars" falls quite flat, containing none of the charm written into the tune. Though Dreamchaser may not win her many new fans -- she doesn't need them -- it's is a shoo-in for fans. Despite some missteps, Brightman stretches her comfort zone again; she gets points for even attempting some of these songs. That she pulls off her most daring choices is a testament to her artistry.
From the Producers
The first album in 6 years from the world's biggestselling soprano with over 30 million album sales; Sarah Brightman is an international superstar as beloved for her staggering vocal range (over three full octaves) as for her impassioned film and stage performances. Brightman now directs her goals even higher. In addition to releasing a new album, she will be part of a three-person crew travelling to the International Space Station on board a Soyuz rocket. Once on the ISS she intends to become the first professional musician to sing from space!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2013
  • Label: Simha
  • UPC: 091037217646
  • Catalog Number: 72176
  • Sales rank: 9,655

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Angel (5:33)
  2. 2 One Day Like This - Children's Choir of North Harringay Primary School (6:06)
  3. 3 Glosoli (6:50)
  4. 4 Lento E Largo (5:39)
  5. 5 B 612 (4:50)
  6. 6 Breathe Me (4:48)
  7. 7 Ave Maria (5:48)
  8. 8 Eperdu (5:07)
  9. 9 A Song of India (3:26)
  10. 10 Venus and Mars (4:26)
  11. 11 Closer (8:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah Brightman Primary Artist, Vocals, Footsteps
Shirley Lewis Background Vocals
Jon Brion Guitar, Piano, Celeste, Vibes
Sally Herbert Conductor
Mike Hedges Footsteps
Yuka Ikushima Keyboards, Background Vocals
Makoto Sakamoto Bass, Guitar, Drums
Joby Burgess Percussion
Dee Clay Background Vocals
Olli Cunningham Piano
Richard Rundle Guitar
Melody Myers Background Vocals
Mark Griffiths Choir Master
Technical Credits
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki Composer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Composer, Lyricist
Paul McCartney Composer, Lyricist
Mike Oldfield Composer
Sarah Brightman Arranger, Composer, Lyricist
Shirley Lewis Drum Engineering
Haydn Bendall Vocal Engineer
Chris Braide Composer, Lyricist, Vocal Arrangements
Pete Davis Programming
Chris Difford Composer, Lyricist
Elizabeth Fraser Composer, Lyricist
Sally Herbert Arranger, Composer, Programming, Lyricist, Producer, String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Linda McCartney Composer, Lyricist
Mike Hedges Arranger, Composer, Programming, Lyricist, Producer
Jerry Burns Composer, Lyricist
Stylorouge Art Direction
Yuka Ikushima Composer
Everton Nelson Orchestra Leader
Geoff Sanoff Vocal Engineer
Sia Composer, Lyricist
Sigur Rós Composer, Lyricist
Dan Carey Composer, Lyricist
Guy Garvey Composer, Lyricist
Makoto Sakamoto Composer, Programming
Nick Taylor Vocal Engineer
Lee Slater Vocal Engineer
Isabel Seeliger-Morley Drum Engineering
Mazen Murad Mastering
Olli Cunningham Score Supervisor, Vocal Engineer, Choir Arrangement
Robbie Nelson Drum Engineering
Tucker Robinson Vocal Engineer
Matt Brownlie Pro-Tools
Richard Rundle Programming
Andrew Guthrie Composer, Lyricist
Philip Raymond Composer, Lyricist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Dreamchaser is by far  Sarah's weakest album. These poorly chose

    Dreamchaser is by far  Sarah's weakest album. These poorly chosen selections are not worthy of her incredible talent  . It never should have been released. Save your money and buy one of her previous albums.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    THis album is really inspiring and with depths!!

    THis album is really inspiring and with depths!!

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    Posted April 20, 2013

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