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Pretty good album, but too short!,
This review is from: Choreography (Audio CD)
I was a bit skeptical when I heard a snippet of her opening track "Saber Dance", since the Brahm theme was also covered by Bond (the classical quartet) on their last album under the name "Highly Strung". It was a horrible track, like nails scratching down a blackboard. Vanessa actually makes this piece tolerable, since Saber Dance is much more rich in beats and instruments, so it doesn't get too redundant and it keeps the song moving. Still, the song is too long for my taste clocking in at 6 mins.
My favorite track on the whole album is "Tango De Los Exilados", it has a reoccurring tango theme that may sound familiar to those who have seen/heard of Moulin Rouge's tango rendition of "Roxanne", only even more dramatic and epic. Simply a gorgeous track.
"The Havana Slide" is a fun song, very cuban, very latino, with lots of piano and trumpets. Not as complex as one would like it for a violin played piece, and I get the impression the violin bits are a bit forgetful here. No matter, I like this song either way ^_^
For something leaning more towards new age and epic, I'd say "Emerald Tiger" takes the cake. It is the african influenced equivalent to her chinese flavored "Happy Valley" or "I'm a doun". It's still a treat to listen to and just the right length.
"Moroccan Roll" is another fun world beat song, I've always loved the gypsy effect on the violin, it's another song rich in texture that reminds me a bit of Sarah Brightman's middle eastern flavored album Harem. The ending quarter of the song is superb, I love how beautifully Vanessa plays reminds me of part of her "Art of War" piece.
The song that really feels out of place in this album is the very last track "Handel's Minuet", typical classical rendition, though beautifully executed, it's BORING. I know the album probably needed some softer songs to lighten the mood, but she could've done something better than this. Where's the world influenced pizzazz from the other songs? Even "Roxane's Veil" was a ballad, it had at least some gregorian chants in it.
Overall though, it's an album heavily influenced with world beats, which is something different for Vanessa, since most of her songs are usually with dance club/techno beats. I like this new approach, and it's worth every cent paid for this album.
Unfortunately, it's only 10 tracks long lasting no more than 43 mins. I only wish she did more songs for this album!