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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Following the success of 2007's Songs of Love & Loss, one of Australia's most successful female musical exports, Tina Arena, returns with another collection of orchestral cover versions of classic pop songs. While its predecessor concentrated on the lounge-pop standards of the '60s and '70s, the second volume is ever so slightly more contemporary, with renditions of several hits from the early-'80s era which inspired Arena to pursue a singing career. Backed by Simon Hale's London Studio Orchestra, the 12-track release is far from the quick-buck karaoke affair favored by many less inventive artists, as apart from faithful renditions of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Following the success of 2007's Songs of Love & Loss, one of Australia's most successful female musical exports, Tina Arena, returns with another collection of orchestral cover versions of classic pop songs. While its predecessor concentrated on the lounge-pop standards of the '60s and '70s, the second volume is ever so slightly more contemporary, with renditions of several hits from the early-'80s era which inspired Arena to pursue a singing career. Backed by Simon Hale's London Studio Orchestra, the 12-track release is far from the quick-buck karaoke affair favored by many less inventive artists, as apart from faithful renditions of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" and Lulu's "Oh Me Oh My," Arena manages to put her own stamp on songs several decades old, with admittedly mixed results. Her take on the Carpenters' "Close to You" will undoubtedly shock fans of the Bacharach-penned classic, but its echoing Massive Attack-style trip-hop beats, haunting synth strings, and gothic operatic backing vocals are an impressively bold attempt to add a previously unheard sinister edge to the hopelessly romantic love song. It's an edge which is sorely lacking on her interpretation of the Police's stalker anthem "Every Breath You Take," which removes the dark undertones of the original and replaces it with an out of place, breezy, Sade-inspired cocktail bar arrangement. Elsewhere, Blondie's new-wave anthem "Call Me" is turned into a '60s-inspired Brill Building, girl group stomper; Canadian one-hit wonders the Promises' synth-glam number "Baby It's You" is given an overblown musical theater make-over, while the tribal drums, Hindu chanting, and Indian flutes on "Nights in White Satin" provides a Middle Eastern flavor to the Moody Blues' standard. But the album is far more convincing when Mark Blackwell and Greg Fitzgerald's bombastic production is toned down in favor of a more subtle and stripped-back vibe which allows Arena's sweet but powerful vocal abilities to shine. "Wouldn't It Be Good" is a gorgeous adaptation of Nik Kershaw's synth pop hit whose melancholic piano-based sound evokes the wintry balladry of Sarah McLachlan; "Only Women Bleed" is a tender, countrified reworking of Alice Cooper's bluesy tale of domestic abuse which enables Arena to unleash her Celine Dion-esque powerhouse tones, while her respectful cover of Elton John's "Your Song" emotes more feeling in its opening bars than the entirety of Ellie Goulding's recently celebrated version. With such a stunning voice, Arena should be a much bigger star than she is, but despite its admirable attempts to inject new life into some iconic songs, its inconsistency means that Songs of Love & Loss, Vol. 2 isn't going to change things any time soon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • EAN: 5099924266420
  • Catalog Number: 2426642

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh Me Oh My (3:14)
  2. 2 Only Women Bleed (5:21)
  3. 3 Every Breath You Take (3:53)
  4. 4 Close to You (4:59)
  5. 5 Call Me (3:47)
  6. 6 Baby It's You (3:32)
  7. 7 Nights in White Satin (5:01)
  8. 8 I Hope I Never (5:30)
  9. 9 Both Sides Now (5:14)
  10. 10 Wouldn't It Be Good (3:52)
  11. 11 Your Song (4:07)
  12. 12 Living a Lifetime Together (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tina Arena Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Derek Watkins Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mark Berrow Violin
Liz Edwards Violin
Andy Findon Flute, Alto Saxophone, Duduk
John Heley Celli
Garfield Jackson Viola
Skaila Kanga Harp
Martin Loveday Celli
Rita Manning Violin
Kate Musker Viola
Mark Nightingale Tenor Trombone
Johnathan Rees Violin
Cathy Thompson Violin
Philip Todd Alto Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Simon Hale Conductor
Mary Scully Bass
Peter Lale Viola
Tony Pleeth Celli
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
David Daniels [cello] Celli
Everton Nelson Violin
Perry Mason Violin, Leader
Emlyn Singleton Violin
Warren Zielinski Violin
Greg Fitzgerald Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Marli Buck Background Vocals
Paul Guardiani Keyboards
Tom Pigott-Smith Violin
Christopher Tombling Violin
David Woodcock Violin
Phillip Eastop French Horn
Peter Hanson Violin
Steve Morris Violin
Technical Credits
Alice Cooper Composer
Tim Finn Composer
Debbie Harry Composer
Justin Hayward Composer
Elton John Composer
Nik Kershaw Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Giorgio Moroder Composer
Tina Arena Executive Producer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Hal David Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Simon Hale Orchestral Arrangements
Peter Lale Principal
Tony Pleeth Principal
Bruce Pawsey Management
Jim Doris Composer
Warren Zielinski Principal
Greg Fitzgerald Programming, Producer, Engineer
Mat Bartram Engineer
Paul Guardiani Programming, Producer, Engineer
Steve Price Engineer
Gordon Sumner Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Tina Arena Has the greatest voice ever!!

    This album is even better than the first one!! Tina has one of the most beautiful voice i've ever heard!! I haven't heard an album I didn't love. Her version of "Oh me oh my" Is awesome!! Better than the original! I recommend this to everyone!!

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