61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 1999
The only way to review a work like this is to go track by track. "Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) [with Andrea Bocelli]" is hopelessly out of place here, but is a beautiful classical duet nonetheless. "The Fly" is a strange dance-pop song that starts off with the buzzing noise of a fly. Sarah hits notes with this one that are incredibly high. This song, and a few others on the CD, however, seem to have lost Sarah's voice in the mix. Very much audible, but would have been nice to bring it to the forefront. "Why" is a rock-dance song that includes a catchy chorus but is a tad too long. "Murder In Mairyland Park" takes awhile to get into, but there is a very operatic, gothic middle section which is very well done. "How Can Heaven Love Me [feat. Chris Thompson]" is a great pop-rock-dance track co-produced by Alex Christensen (from German techno group U96) and includes a fantastic pop chorus that will be in your head for days. "Ghost In The Machinery" is another pop-rock track which also has a killer hook and has a sort of mystical feel. "A Question Of Honour" is one of the best tracks on the CD. It starts with "La Wally", from her "Timeless" CD, and then it segues into a fantastic techno track. This was also co-produced by Christensen. "You Take My Breath Away" is a very Egyptian-influenced song but runs way too long. "Something In The Air [feat. Tom Jones]" is a great dance-pop song which features a mix of sweet vocals by Brightman and a bombastic vocal by Jones. "Heaven Is Here" is a nice sweet track with oboe featured. "I Loved You" sounds so unlike Sarah, but creates an amazingly catchy pop tune. Could have been a major radio hit. "Fly" starts with Neil Armstrong's famous speech and then morphs into a reprise of "The Fly". All in all, a great CD and well worth your money. The one star taken off only because the bad mixing job on three or so of the tracks. Buy it now!
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2000
Sarah uses her 2nd side in this album. At first, I thought this was a B-side album, but it is an album from her German label EastWest. The material differs from the '93 album "Dive". Sarah's style is much more pop rock. The album was produced sometime in '96, by Frank Peterson. The record label never released this disc in america, therefore making it an import. "Fly" starts exactly like Sarah's album "La Luna". To me, the album is like the preview of "La Luna". The entire album reminds me of Sarah's creative/fantasy world. Here is my review of the album, track by track.
"Time to say goodbye" appears as track 1. I have no idea why. Either Peterson decided to change the pace, or this was to be the preview of the song. Track 2, "The fly", is space-age. It starts with a fly buzzing too. The musical arrangements are fantastic. "Why" is very rock/pop. The songs are mostly upbeat, as with this one. The guitar solo is great. "Murder in mairyland park" is almost totally boring, except for her latin chant "agnus", repeated 4 times. Track 5, "How can heaven love me", is one of the best. She duets this track with Chris Thompson. The last minute of the song is my fav part. NOTE: Before I continue, out of 12 tracks, eleven are done à la Kate Bush.
Track 6, "A question of honor", is absolutely amazing. If anybody had to complain about Sarah being drowned out by the orchestra, singing "La Wally" in "Time to say goodbye", then eat your words. This track is haunting, breath-taking and Sarah has reserved her full opera voice for it. The orchestra and sound effects are simply outstanding. I can picture her in a huge gown, standing on a mountain top, doing this video. The high notes are to die for.
"Ghost in the machinery" is good too. There's a lot of rock/pop here. The lyrics are thrillingly haunting. "You take my breath away" is great to listen to at full volume. You can see her in another world, lost in her paradise. Her voice is soft & sweet. This track should be used for a travel tv ad. "Something in the air is vibrant, with Tom Jones' crooning powerful lungs. Simply breath-taking. "Heaven is here" is one of Sarah's toned down tracks. She's relaxed and little girl-ish. The soft tones of this song make for good wedding reception music. "I loved you" is oh so different. This is what you call Sarah-rap. The beat & style are funky, giving a bouncy, airy feeling. "Fly", the last track, is a sequel to "The fly". It's spacey, andI can picture her looking at a huge chunk of amethyst, turning in a showcase, as she's singing. She builds my imagination every time I hear the track. I love the way they loop
The over all feeling of this album give me a free feeling. There are no holds barred, when Sarah creates music. She is my #1 idol. This cd is great for collectors, for one, it is an import. 2nd, it is Sarah.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2000
"Fly" is the reason I'm now a Brightman fan. Like everyone else in the hemisphere, I bought "Phantom," but I admit that two thirds of the way through I tended to weary of Brightman's crystalline singing, lovely as it is. But after blundering onto the "Fly" listing and listening to samples, I bought it--and it is now one of the CD's I listen to most often. I've even branched out now to "La Luna" (which, although more consistently ethereal, I'm also very fond of).
The quality in "Fly" that keeps it constantly in play is its variety. As other reviewers have noted, the songs span a remarkable range of styles and influences: an Enya-esque introduction will give way to gospel, techno, opera, or even shades of U2 and Enigma. There's a great mix of soulful ballads and mysterious synth-pop, such as the fabulous title song, which keeps building in power until it ends all too quickly. "Why" is a great upbeat singalong song for fast driving, and "How Can Heaven Love Me" will make you strain your vocal chords (and your stereo speakers' capacity) yet further.
Even better, Brightman herself offers a great deal of vocal variety, ranging far afield from the tiny-voiced delivery she has found so successful. When she puts power behind her voice--whether for the lush operatic sequences in "A Question of Honour" or the gutsy pop-rock head-bobber "Ghost in the Machinery"--she can knock you off your feet.
This is one CD investment I will never regret. If you've previously found Brightman too saccharine for your taste, this may well be the album that will completely change your mind.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 1998
No matter if you are looking for Opera, Broadway plays, or Rock, Sarah Brightman is one of the best singers you will find. I have to agree with most of the reviews published here, in saying that "Fly" is one of her best CD as of today ("Time to say goodbye" is excellent too). In this CD she manages to combine music for all type of audiences, and she creates some interesting combinations, as is the case of "A question of honour". "Murder in Mairyland Park", "How can heaven love me", "Ghost in the machinery", and "Something in the air" are my favorite songs from this CD.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2006
This CD is only good for the half-decent artwork...if you're one for different CD covers or pictures inside the booklet (which there are none). Buyers beware, for this 2006 re-release is a real doozy! Don't let the pretty, sparkly cover fool you. What you get is a re-released version of the original European 1995 release of Fly, with a couple of songs from the "La Luna Tour Edition" of Fly. Then, there's a terribly botched "Radio Edit" of the "Radio Version" of "AQOH". I was horrified when I played the CD and discovered this messed up botched editing job.
Both the beginning and the end of track 14 is edited, making it a seemingly shorter version of the "Radio Version". The real "Radio Version" can be found on both the red and green "AQOH" CD singles. I really don't understand why this track was over-edited and totally messed up. As if that's not bad enough, there's another error, which read about, prior to purchasing this item. But, I thought perhaps, they had corrected it in time. What I'm talking about is this;
Track #13 (How Can Heaven Love Me - Video Version) is identical to track #4 on this item. They DIDN'T include the proper track, therefore, all the CDs I presume, are like this (with 2 identical songs instead of the slightly heavier "Rock" version of "HCHLM"). That is not only an inconvenience for the customer, but a real bonehead move on the producer's part (I'm referring to them at Toshiba-EMI). Anyone whom didn't get their hands on a "Fly - La Luna Tour Edition" double set at the La Luna concerts, will be unhappy when they discover this. That's why it's important to read reviews prior to purchasing an item.
I feel jipped and don't recommend the album to anyone, period.
Here are the obvious & more importantly negative aspects, pointed out for you:
- Paper quality is mediocre. Text/Credits are visible through the front and back cover artwork.
- Track Editing is cheap and songs are NOT remastered.
- Entire album sounds exactly like original, including bonus tracks.
- Suggested Retail price is too high for such a cheap item.
- Entire package should have been in a digipack or mini-lp, recommended for the hardcore, must-have collector ONLY!
- Booklet does NOT have photos of Sarah inside.
- Both the playing & non-playing sides of disc scratch easily
- Very limited availability of this item is a big inconvenience
01- The Fly
03- Murder In Mairyland Park
04- How Can Heaven Love Me (Featuring Chris Thompson)
05- A Question Of Honour
06- Ghost In The Machinery
07- You Take My Breath Away
08- Something In The Air (Featuring Tom Jones)
09- Heaven Is Here
10- I Loved You
12- Do You Wanna Be Loved (From La Luna Tour Edition of Fly)
13- How Can Heaven Love Me (IDENTICAL TO TRACK 4)
14- A Question Of Honour (Alternate Radio Version)
15- On The Nile (From La Luna Tour Edition of Fly)
Features & Notes:
- Disc is Silver with just a title & no "Cobweb" design
- 1996 - 2005 Nemo Studios, Liscenced to Toshiba-EMI Ltd.
- Includes Obi Strip in Japanese Characters
- Glittery Booklet (front & back), as well as back of tray card
- 12-page booklet with full lyrics to actual album
- 2 pages of album covers & DVD covers are advertised in Japanese Characters
- Separate Japanese booklet with lyrics to "Do you wanna be loved" and "On the Nile"
I highly suggest you don't buy it, unless you really want to have it for the sake of a different cover (for the picture freaks), and if you don't already own the La Luna Tour Edition of Fly. I suggest you buy something else instead, and save your money rather than giving into the temptation of spending it on something you already own (Like me).
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2002
This CD is not your typical Brightman CD. No arias. No musical theme songs. This CD is a complete turn around from the Lloyd Webber era. Brightman's duet with Andrea Bocelli 'Time to Say Goodbye' opens the CD. I personally never liked this song, even though it was (and still is) the #1 best selling single in Germany. 'Fly' and 'Why' follow, with a very ethereal sound to it, but with a more trip hop/electronica feel. 'Murder in Mairyland Park' is a very odd, and very chilling song. Chris Thompson lends his voice on the rock song 'How Can Heaven Love Me' which is one of my personal favorites. Then Brightman dabs into 'La Wally' (which she later sings in full on her follow up, classical crossover CD 'Time to Say Goodbye') in her smash single 'A Question of Honour', which was dedicated to Henry Maske. 'Ghost in the Machinery' is such a weird song - but I love it anyway. But the major highlight on this CD is the 6:49 song 'You Take My Breath Away'. Starting out with Swahili chants, then climaxing into a beautiful ballad with a fantastic beat. Very well done, Sarah. Legendary Tom Jones helps Sarah to belt out 'Something in the Air', which is not one of my favorites, but it's still decent. 'Heaven is Here' is a lovely ballad, which is so tastefully done - another favorite on the CD. Most of the CD, at this point, is rock/trance/electronica, which may seem like a very odd combination. But it works! But I was not prepared for one of the biggest and best suprises on Fly - 'I Loved You'. 'Heaven is Here' leads right into this rap song, which Sarah pulls off so nicely. Us Americans may not care for the lyrics, because they have such a British flare to them, and they really don't make any sense - but still give it a listen. The CD ends out, like her 'Dive' CD, with a reprise of 'Fly'. This CD is by far my favorite Sarah Brightman CD, which is probably really odd. Download the songs first, to see if you actually want it. It's a hefty price to pay if you don't like it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Sarah Brightman, one of the most talented singers of the 21st century, took quite a few weird turns before "La Luna" and the exquisite "Eden." But this earlier album, "Fly," both hints at her present mastery and shows off her vocals in one of the most versatile albums I have ever seen.
The hint of more operatic material is in "Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiró)," a wonderful duet with singer Andrea Bocelli. It makes the next track, "Fly," a little more disarming, a surreal dreamlike song that starts off with a fly's buzzing. There is also the whispery, haunting "Murder in Mairyland Park," soaring "Question of Honour," the rather jerky "Something in the Air" duet with Tom Jones, the lovely India-influenced "You Take My Breath Away," rocking "Ghost in the Machinery," and others.
Versatility is something I always love in music, singers and bands who can do a whole range of songs and styles. Sarah isn't always successful, but she wins a lot more than she loses. She touches on opera, pop, techno, alternative music and influence from countries like India and Iceland for this album. The result is that each song is entirely unique. Not one sounds like another.
Even the guys she sings with are very different; Chris Thompson's slightly hammy singing and Andrea's strong operatic vocals suit Sarah's styles quite well. Tom Jones doesn't fare so well -- I kept waiting for him to stop singing so I could hear Sarah again. His voice is nowhere near as good as hers, and he was singing in such a different manner that it was rather jarring. The writing for the music is quite good; the general feeling is very haunting, dreamlike -- whether that dream is a nightmare or a fantasy. And Sarah shows off both her fluting little-girl voice and her soaring operatic voice.
While Sarah has done better albums, she has never done (and probably never will) a more versatile album with a wider range of music. "Fly" is definitely worth it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 1998
Those of you looking for the strong, powerful arrangements that the ALW years delivered may be disappointed with this album. This CD is not of an operatic nature but rather a synergistic hodge-podge of classical and pop fushion that has made Ms. Brightman such a tremendous smash in Germany and elsewhere. Her voice, as always, is aquiline and supersonic. And the delivery is nothing short of paramount. From the haunting "Murder in Mairyland Park" to the upbeat, sexy duet with Tom Jones on "Something in the Air", Sarah's voice commands the room whether playing on a hi-fi or churning from a garage sale boom box. If you're looking for something a little different from the Phantom of the Opera, this is definitely a must have. If you've purchased the album Dive and enjoyed it, you'll probably like this one as well. Sarah even gets to rockin' on a few of the songs. Watch out for "How Can Heaven Love Me". It will sneak up on you and have you hitting the repeat button in no time flat!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 1999
Although I had been familiar with Sarah Brightman for 10 years through her work on Phantom of the Opera, I was unaware of her solo career until a short time ago. The first album of hers that I picked up was Eden (a fantastic album). The next was Fly. Wow! This album came as a real surprise. I love it! Her heavy pop, techno-rock style came as a surprise to me. I enjoy ALL of the songs on this CD. Brightman has become my favorite singer. I love the way she can jump from one genre of music to another and pull them all off successfully. It's a shame she isn't more well known. She certainly should be.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The original debut of Sarah's best hit, "Time To Say Goodbye," was on this album, and its inclusion here is questionable here, as the rest of the songs do not exactly fit with that superlative
jewel. Rather, there's a thematic futuristic rock soundtrack feel to the rest of this album.
The title track begins with the buzzing of a fly before launching into an ambient synthesizer piece. In terms of sound, this piece can easily belong to the Dive set three years earlier; and she uses her yet undeveloped vocal style as well.
"Why" begins like something out of a futuristic sci-fi video, a song for a Bladerunner or Metropolis with its rock guitars and synthesizers. This could've been a good single.
She covers Swedish popster Stina Nordenstam's "Murder In Mairyland Park" next. This soft Sigur Ros-like ballad is done in a softer and less developed version of the sweet pop vocal characterized best in her future cover of "Here With Me."
The next two songs are the best songs on this album bar "Time To Say Goodbye." "How Can Heaven Love You," her duet with Chris Thompson, sets the pace back up with drums, rocking guitars, and superior, soaring vocals by both performers during the chorus. Yet another singleworthy song which sounds like something Foreigner or Loverboy could have done.
"A Question Of Honour," which begins with a snatch from "La Wally" then goes into a danceable synthesizer beat mixed with more lyrics from "La Wally" before going full force into 90's disco punctuated with wailing rock guitar and later, strings. Those who saw Sarah's La Luna concert on public TV will recognize this as the climactic scene where she flies, suspended by wires. The choir sings "If you win or you lose/it's a question of honour/and the way that you choose/is a question of honour."
The rocking sound of "Ghost In The Machine" continues the pace, with backing vocals reminiscent of the Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil"'s "whoo hoo."
Dreamy Indian-style vocals and instruments introduce "You Take My Breath Away," which is more of a breather after the three rockers before. The "Dai-yeah" from the backing vocals seem inspired from "The Long Ships" by Enya.
"Something In The Air" has two alternating halves, the lighter part where Sarah's pop vocals wrap softly around the words, to the blast of sound where Tom Jones sings. It's an uneven affair in the end.
"Heaven Is Here" is a more even affair, an improved Dive-style song transformed into a power ballad with the choir, and is one of the highlights of the album.
The mid-paced synthesizer number "I Loved You" is rife with 60's and 70's references; song titles by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Kinks, Mamas and Papas, Don McLean, the Buggles, Sade, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Phil Collins, UB40, as well as Richard Nixon(!), even a vocal clip by Reagan, Andy Warhol, and Andy-Pandy.
"Fly" has vocal samples of Neil Armstrong, similar to what she did on "La Lune," and closes the album's spacey theme by repeating the middle lyrics of "The Fly."
The marked contrast between this album and Time To Say Goodbye is jarring to say the least, but it does show Sarah's musical variety. This is the closest Sarah went into making a rock album. One year later, Sarah would make it big, and it was not time to say goodbye, but hello.