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Macadam Flower [Import]

Emma Shaplin Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 9, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nothing Wrong
2. The Hours On The Fields
3. L'absolu
4. Reptile
5. Number 5
6. White Sail
7. My Soul
8. Sur L'eau
9. Number 9
10. La Promenade De San
11. Jealously Yours
12. Aedeus Variations

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2009 release from the French Neo-Classical/Rock soprano and composer. Emma Shapplin started her music career in Classical music, studying Opera with different teachers, and then moved to Rock. She discovered that although Rock gave her a certain artistic freedom, it was still not enough for her appetite for self-expression. She decided to create her own style which became a combination of diverse Opera influences, lyrical poetry and modern Trance and Rock/Pop influences. 12 tracks. Sony.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emma, the queen of the crossover delivers again... June 10, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Its not just actors that try to avoid being typecast. Miss Shapplin's success is due in part because she has clearly told those who hold the rules of the industry to go to Hell. Perhaps that gives some insight to her preoccupation with Lucifero and Fallen Angels? Did you make a deal with the Devil at the crossroads Emma? Early on she redefined genre classification, and then won our hearts with her equally beautiful voice and charm. Macadam Flower, is different from her early work. It feels like she is trying to stretch her wings a bit, so to speak. I wish I could say I knew what her motives were while developing this, but I only know what I hear in the music. If you're a die hard fan, and you're expecting only more of the same of her early work, you'll probably be disappointed. Macadam Flower should prove to be as surprising as your first introduction to Emma. She still brings to bear her talent, range, varied interests, and of course her legendary hauntingly beautiful voice. If you're willing to step in to the nouveau world of Emma Shapplin and hear what she has prepared for your listening pleasure following the journey that is her life thus far, be brave, prepare yourself, and enjoy.

Many have been brutally critical of Emma's "little girl" voice in parts of this album. If you've listened to her in any of her interviews, the person Emma Shapplin does have a very young-ish voice. The singer Emma Shapplin however, has incredible range, as you'll hear in this album. Bottom line: if you like Emma's work, you'll want to have this in your collection. There's no doubt that her sound has changed, but if you listen to it a few times you'll probably appreciate it more than you did at first impression. However, isn't that true of her original work also?

Bonne écoute
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After 7 Years...This Was Worth The Wait!!!!! April 25, 2012
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It's so unreal that there are that many bashers regarding this album. This reminds me when Sarah Brightman (another opera/crossover artist) came out with her "Fly" album. It was bashed cause she was a little rockish on that album, it ended up to be one of my favorite albums from Sarah. For a true Emma fan, I was just glad she finally came out with a new album after 7 years, cause it's her voice that attracts millions of fans, not how she uses it (even though I don't have a problem how she sings: opera, pop, rock, etc.) Like I said, Sarah Brightman does the same thing and she still has her millions of fans like me. If it wasn't for her "Macadam Flower Tour Live In Athens" DVD, I would not have known she had this album out. I went in clueless in how her new material would sound when watching the concert. It was AWESOME!!! As soon as I was done watching the concert I got on Amazon and downloaded this album. And by the way, the DVD was AWESOME as well, read my review on that as well. My favorite tracks on this album are: starting with my most favorite song on this album, "JEALOUSLY YOURS", talk about rockin' it out. "WHITE SAIL", another up-tempo hit. "THE HOURS ON THE FIELDS", slowing it down a bit but not too much. "REPTILE", I thought weird title but it sounds good. "NOTHING WRONG", a slower tempo that's good. The others are good too, but these are my 5 most stand-out songs. So for the Emma fans and any fan of this genre, give this album a few more spins on your player and maybe you'll grow to appreciate this album as much as I do. And to be honest, her new songs sounds way better live. So if you don't have her new DVD, I suggest you do!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different. Different, but very good. August 28, 2010
Format:Audio CD
A bit of a departure from what she had done in her previous albums Etterna and Carmine Meo, which were neo-classical, soprano singer and composer Emma Shapplin offers a collection that includes pop and rock songs sang in english as well as french and italian, that more than satisfies, it's refreshing. Perhaps because of her past albums and the quality of her voice, this one feels a bit cross-over, but it should be taken on it's own, it's unique. It's liberating the way she has defied convention here. Recommended songs: any and all, I mean any song stands on it's own, and all feel connected. Great music!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Emma Goes Brightman...Ugh! December 7, 2013
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What an absolute bummer that she decided to go Brightman on us. I love Sarah's music, but her voice is extremely irritating to me, and Emma sounds exactly like her on this album. Not only that but she abandoned most of the "classical" feel and opted for more pop, techno stuff. I understand you have to evolve and try new things, but this is too soon. With the success of Carmine Meo, why mess around with such a perfect formula? Really bummed. I hope the new album she's working on will bring her back to being "HER".
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4.0 out of 5 stars a very good vois August 31, 2013
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se can do better but it was still a good CD
the other cd's are more a Emma sound
there for 4stars

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's different but still good. September 30, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Emma tried something different and apparently her fans are not too happy. If judged on what this is, Pop, it is very good, if one is expecting her usual and are not open to something new, then this is the worst album ever made. Since I listen to just about every genre, I do not mind the change and overall I am happy with my purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting experiment March 11, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Eclectic and mysterious as always Emma Shapplin is flirting with pop in her third album in 13 years and the result is rather interesting. On the English songs comprising the bulk of the album - also embellished by touches of rock and electronica - she tends to sound like a cross between Goldfrapp and early Kate Bush; while the French ones find her at her most romantic. In all the album oozes personality and style and it is a satisfying attempt albeit short in duration. The most daring thing she did with this one was to change her vocal and musical style from an operatic crossover to a more simple pop oriented approach. However as her voice on this album is unique, beautiful and enchanting the changes made were possibly for the better.
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