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Two CD collection. Sonja Kristina is the lead singer of Curved Air. This is the first collection of her solo works and draws on recordings from her varied solo albums, along with rare and newly recorded exclusive tracks. This anthology has been personally compiled by Sonja, with custom cover art and her personal liner notes.
- Product Dimensions : 5.55 x 4.92 x 0.47 inches; 4.09 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Curved Air Records
- Original Release Date : 2017
- Date First Available : August 24, 2017
- Label : Curved Air Records
- ASIN : B074ZX9P4G
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #125,377 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Still, Sonja’s excursion into the past starts in the present, with a take on “Frank Mills” – a piece of “Hair” that she excelled in before joining the aforementioned group and after they fell apart – laid down in 2017, together with a tremulous version of Greg Lake‘s “C’est La Vie” where erstwhile songs of innocence inform current songs of experience. Kristina’s affinity for show tunes also obvious on the smoldering expanse of “The Passion” from the “Excalibur IV” rock opera and the new-wave-spiked “Rollercoaster” from her self-titled solo debut. That eponymous LP, out in 1980, revealed a remodeled Sonja, emboldened and independent, a dry anthem “Full Time Woman” pumping “All The Young Dudes” panache via its veins. Yet there’s timeless, ancient pining in “If This Was Love” as well to reveal the depth of the artist’s vocals and her control of the voice, and a very contemporary vigor in the scintillating “Angel” which the veteran released on 1995’s “Harmonics Of Love” with her CLOUD 10 combo.
But it’s the same energy Kristina originally demonstrated on the likes of “Marie Antoinette” that’s on display in the punchy charge of “Street Run” and in the latter-day acoustic gem “Devil May Care” whose heathen swirl and bewitching groove let Sonja’s delivery be as playful as it is profound, and her storytelling on the exquisite “Buccaneer” is as arresting. When she and Darryl Way tap into eternity with the pulsing bombast of “O Fortuna” from “Carmina Burana” and when she shapes a heartfelt ballad out of MOTORHEAD’s “I Don’t Believe A Word” – replacing its throb with an unplugged strum – they acquire another, unexpected continuum. It may shrink for “Citadel” to make the finale of this marvelous collection, yet it’s there that the lovely lady would reach screaming for the comfort of the day-glow; it’s the dreams Sonja Kristina is instilling into our world to make existence brighter. “Anthology” is but a gateway into her fairy fortress.
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To me Sonja paints using her sensual, silky,beautiful voice and lyrics. She evokes passion, love,loss, friendship and so many different feelings. On this compilation Sonja again shows what a beautiful voice she has. You may also be surprised at the different styles of music there is on this release. It is Sonja going back to her roots.
Sonja has one of the most underrated voices in music.