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Sarah Brightman

Posted on 2008.01.23 at 17:02
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Current Music: Brightman - Discography
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Never have I heard such scathing words over an adult contemporary singer. Marilyn Manson? Sure. Sarah Brightman? You wouldn't think so, but there it is. Most reviews I've read are either hot or cold. People hate her or people love her. Very few are indifferent. To me, she's a guilty pleasure. I enjoy what she brings to the table - her range and arrangements. As a classical music/opera lover, she appeals to that side of me. The last decade or so has brought us other "crossover" glamor babes such as the group Bond or Opera Babes but none with quite the class nor finesse of Ms. Brightman. And she doesn't just add an electronic drum beat to a classical piece as her contemporaries are wont to do - she uses her vocal range as an instrument, often switching between her classically-trained operatic voice and adult contemporary entertainer.

Recently, Amazon.com sent me an unsolicited email hawking her new release, Symphony (due out January 29). I made my way down to their preview samples section (I love the day and age in which we live) and sampled all. "Fleurs Du Mal" my favorite, as it sounds operatic, and "I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go)" my least favorite, because if I wanted to listen to some guy I don't know sing...

I have the physical media to Phantom of the Opera (Highlights), Time to Say Goodbye, Eden, and La Luna. Eden is by far my favorite of those three - I think because its more up-tempo than the other two. I found Time to Say Goodbye too heavy-handed. I missed Classics and Harem though I noticed they were both on my "Recommended For You" list. Choosing to try-before-I-buy, I torrented her discography and discovered something which most of you are probably already familiar with: Dive. Wow! How did I miss this? 1993. I had just arrived to Langley AFB and was doing a LOT of traveling. What a fantastic album! So yeah, now I'm pumped about Sarah again. Maybe I'll pre-order Symphony.




Comments:


Me
photogoot at 2008-01-23 23:03 (UTC) (Link)
THANK YOU!
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-01-23 23:05 (UTC) (Link)
You're quite welcome.
galinda822 at 2008-01-24 02:11 (UTC) (Link)
She is fantastic!
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-01-24 02:31 (UTC) (Link)
I now have her entire discography. I see 8-hours of her back-to-back on my iPod in my future. Do you have a favorite album?
galinda822 at 2008-01-24 02:44 (UTC) (Link)
Classics and then Harem.
galinda822 at 2008-01-24 02:46 (UTC) (Link)
I also like Andrea Bocelli and his duet with her - "Time to Say Goodbye".
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-01-24 04:49 (UTC) (Link)
I gave you the full Original Cast Recordin with Sarah Brightman and Micheal Crawford while I was in Texas.

Miss Brightman will always, only be Christine Daae.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-01-24 14:13 (UTC) (Link)
I gave you the full Original Cast Recordin with Sarah Brightman and Micheal Crawford while I was in Texas.
I brought that up in reference to physical media. But thank you.

Miss Brightman will always, only be Christine Daae.
That's awfully limiting of you.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-01-24 16:06 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't want you to think that you limited to just the highlights on this recording.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-01-24 04:55 (UTC) (Link)
*avoids making innocent-yet-controversial comments that will turn this post into a 600+ comment bloodbath yet again*
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-01-24 14:14 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! At last count its *sigh* 703 this morning. I tried to freeze comments last night, but it removed the ones that were there, and I can't have that because the people need to know!
Renegade
leonardii at 2008-01-25 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
She looks good to me!
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-01-25 22:00 (UTC) (Link)
There are few women, sir, who age as gracefully as us men. She's one of them. I used to avert my eyes every time I saw her - couldn't stand her chipmunk cheeks! As somebritinmass put it, She looked like a really big child! Here very recently though - and I don't know what it is; she looks completely different. Older and better. I agree.
Renegade
leonardii at 2008-01-25 22:33 (UTC) (Link)
Lena once told me that beautiful people stay that way... even when they age.

I have to agree.

Codekitten
codekitten at 2008-01-26 18:21 (UTC) (Link)
i like her. i like enya too so i don't know if that makes my vote more or less valid to you :)
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