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Faryl

Faryl Smith Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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“When people come up to me and say ‘oh, your singing made me cry’, it’s nice to realise that you’re making other people happy, but I don’t know how I do it. I just sing.”
-Faryl Smith, December 2008

One minute, Faryl Smith was an ordinary schoolgirl with a talent, the next she was being told in front of a national television audience, ... Read more in Amazon's Faryl Smith Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0023GAJ14
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Amazing Grace
2. The River of Light (Blue Danube)
3. Ave Maria
4. Annie s Song (by John Denver)
5. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
6. Mother of God, Here I Stand
7. Shenandoah
8. Brahm s Lullaby
9. Calon Lan
10. How Can I Keep From Singing
11. Somewhere
12. The Way Old Friends Do (by Abba)

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Review

"When people come up to me and say `oh, your singing made me cry', it's nice to realize that you're making other people happy. But I don't know how I do it, I just sing." -- Faryl Smith, December 2008

Product Description

Produced and arranged by Jon Cohen, Faryl consists of an eclectic mix of 12 stunning tracks ranging from such signature classics as Amazing Grace to the lesser known Welsh hymn Calon Lan , taught lovingly to Faryl over the phone by her Grandfather. The album features Faryl s signature song Ave Maria her choice of talent show audition song which has now become synonymous with the youngster, gaining standing ovations whenever she performs it. River of Light has been written by Ivor Novello winning writer Frank Musker and is based on The Blue Danube by John Strauss one of the most popular tunes of all time. The melody is loved around the world but no one has ever heard it like this before. No doubt one of the album s hidden gems is The Way Old Friends Do written by Abba s Bjon Ulvaeus and taken from their 1980 classic Super Trouper album. Bjorn personally changed the lyrics to suit the young star. ...ordinarily Abba are very strict and never sanction lyric changes, but with Faryl, Bjorn offered to change the words personally (Tom Lewis - UCJ) Adding a new dimension to the album is Annie s Song Faryl s rendition of US country star John Denver s number 1 track from 1974. The haunting ballad highlights Faryl s varied vocal range and further showcases the young singers diversity Faryl sings with precision, emotion and power throughout each of the album s 12 tracks. A testament to her ability, Faryl proves that the young girl from Kettering has a glittering career ahead of her. Every singer dreams of recording their own album, but to have this chance at my age was amazing said Faryl. The recording was a challenge - I had to fit it around my school work and so ended up recording right through my Christmas holidays, but I loved every minute of it!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Transcendent Debut June 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
What a lovely, lovely voice Faryl Smith possesses! I was caught completely off-guard by the extraordinary purity, the exceptional timbre, and especially the dynamic range of her soprano instrument - a combination which is rarely found in any vocal artist, much less one who is (barely) a teenager.

Her self-titled debut CD could not be a better showcase for her remarkable talent. Faryl performs an impressive variety of selections that span many musical genres, including sacred ("Amazing Grace"), pop ("Annie's Song"), classical ("Brahms' Lullaby"), American traditional ("Shenandoah"), and Broadway ("Somewhere" from West Side Story) music - and she excels at each of them. I found her interpretations to be transcendent; even when she sang familiar songs by other artists (such as an adaptation of ABBA's "The Way Old Friends Do"), she was able to make them completely her own.

The CD includes her 'signature' song, "Ave Maria" - a notoriously difficult selection because of the demands it makes on the performer's range and breathing - and she nails it effortlessly. However, I was most impressed by the exquisite "Mother of God, Here I Stand", a track without lyrics in which Faryl's voice becomes the predominant instrument of the London Session Orchestra; her performance of this selection put a lump in my throat the size of a baseball.

It goes without saying that Faryl Smith won't be everyone's cup of tea; no artist ever is. However, if you're a fan of outstanding vocal performances, of easy listening, or even of pop music performed with a classical twist, you will definitely want to add this phenomenal CD to your music library. Most highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classical/Show Tunes Styling June 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is probably one of those CDs where if you like the style of music you will love it and if you don't, well, you won't. Faryl has one of these angelic voices that just soars through the air. However, the music begins to sound repetitive as these wildly divergent songs are put through a Muzak-like machine and they end up sounding the same. If you don't pay attention, you don't even notice the change from Johann Strauss (the John in the product description probably says it all) to John Denver to Johannes Brahms. Faryl's talent should take her far. Alas, this album is more background music than foreground music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Faryl shows a very strong refreshing voice. It was made for religious songs with her strongest songs of the album Ave Maria and then Amazing Grace.

Annie's Song was a good example of her singing ability, but the arrangement was nothing special.

Mother of God, Here I Stand was a particularly beautiful rendition and even though she doesn't sing a word, her voice accompaniment was pleasure.

I found The River of Light (Blue Danube) to be somewhat odd for inclusion in this grouping of songs.

The songs are very plain and they do allow her to be the center of attention, but it would have been nice to hear some different arrangements on this hosting of long time favorites.

Shenandoah as well as A Nightingale in Berkeley Square come across as you would expect show tune style songs to do. Her voice is so strong that without a correspondingly aggressive background, she has a tendency to be a Broadway voice in these songs. Although, with Faryl singing, there is nothing particularly wrong with that. But it feels too commercial at times.

How Can I Keep From Singing is a "Enya"-like song, but there isn't the depth and interest to compete with that style. However, her voice is certainly capable.

I am a sucker for anyone singing "Somewhere", even Barbara Streisand. But this one falls flat without the chills that I normally get. I was disappointed with this one; I just wasn't as engaged as I can be.

The Way Old Friends Do was a good start to having something different.

Everyone sings Brahm's Lullaby, but there was nothing new on this one.

With the arrangements so plain, I'm not sure that this CD will be the one that you play over and over again to hear. And that is a disappointment, as Faryl's voice and carry is exceptional. She deserves more from the production of her music. Faryl's singing gets a "5", the background and production get a "3" giving the overall rating a "4".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Clear Vocals June 25, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Really pleasant cd to listen to. Faryl's vocals are crystal clear and so easy on the ear. My favorite was her version of Annie's Song. Her timing, pitch and slight Irish lilt bring new life to old songs. What a pleasure to enjoy another version of Shenandoah and How can I keep from singing.

Fans of Enya, Mary Fahl, and Michelle Tumes will find a kindred heart in Faryl's music. If you are searching for vocals that are uplifting and a joy to listen too, then this cd by Faryl is just the ticket.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I've long yearned for an album like this where the voice is pure talent and the album is meaningful. Faryl's voice is amazing and the songs she sings are more than look-how-pretty-I-can-sing-it. From the spiritual grandeur of Amazing Grace to the sweetest of lullabies in Brahm's Lullaby (where my son told me "Mom, this song puts me to sleep"), Faryl performs flawlessly with pure beauty. It's refreshing!

I don't think there is a weak song in Faryl's debut album. Each song is dynamic...with a few that will bring you to tears.

This CD is a keeper! And probably all her future ones as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars this was added to my collection
i saw her on a talk show and that first time I heard her music I decided I wanted to show support for her talents. I have listened to this CD and have enjoyed this greatly
Published 15 months ago by D. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Faryl
She has a beautiful voice. The CD has a great selection of songs. I listen to it quite often. I expect to have it for a long time.
Published on September 18, 2011 by Jayce
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely voice, but.......
It's really a shame when albums like this come along; it's yet another collection of over-used songs that was slapped together hastily to "strike while the iron is hot", much like... Read more
Published on August 19, 2011 by S. Fennell
3.0 out of 5 stars She has a gift
I love her singing but I did not love all the songs that were chosen. To me many of the songs chosen were odd. Read more
Published on April 23, 2010 by J. Talbot
5.0 out of 5 stars The "new" Charlotte Church
Faryl's got a beautiful voice and some wonderful talent, but her albums very much shadow Charlotte Church's work. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by Shayna Pulley
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
I didn't like this CD. I tried to like it. I listened to it a few times. Even one of my kids asked me to turn it off. Read more
Published on December 22, 2009 by J. Aragon
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice but not a great album
True, the girl can sing. But I don't personally need yet another version of these classic covers when there are so many. One or two would be fine, but not a whole album. Read more
Published on November 19, 2009 by M. Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars Faryl parel
Faryl definitely has talent and her voice is beautiful. What's all the fanfare about her music, it just sort of blends into nowhereville after listening to a few songs. Read more
Published on September 24, 2009 by JEFF SMITH
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice, but content is unoriginal
Faryl has the voice of an angel - listening to this disc literally leaves me with goose bumps. However, I wish that the content was more original. Read more
Published on August 13, 2009 by Nicole T.
2.0 out of 5 stars Thank godness it was free
When I first got this CD (admittedly through Vine), I was exceited because I love those "chestnuts" as many people refer to them - like Ave Maria and Amazing Grace - and love to... Read more
Published on July 24, 2009 by Tracy Vest
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