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Orla Can Do Much Better,
This review is from: Winter, Fire & Snow (Audio CD)
Before I give my review, let me first say that I am a fan of Orla. She was one of my favorite performers from Celtic Woman, and I was disappointed that I never got to hear her perform live with them. I love her album "The Water Is Wide", and her album "Distant Shore" has slowly grown on me over the past two years. She is a very talented woman, and I love the sound of her harp and of her mysterious, Enya-like voice.
That being said, this album was a severe let-down for me. Orla is one of those singers who puts such passion into what she sings so that you can almost see her smiling as she sings; on this album, she doesn't do that; she sounds surprisingly dry and lifeless, which is very rare for her. Her musical arrangements are nothing truly memorable, and they all alternate from her wanting to sound like Moya Brennan or like she is still a member of Celtic Woman. She has two harp songs on here, but neither of them particularly fit into the theme of winter or Christmas. The only song that stood out for me was "Bells of Christmas," which is absolutely gorgeous.
I was disappointed severely in this album. Given Orla's high standards, I expected so much more from a lady as talented as she.