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Katherine Jenkins, over the past decade, as risen from being a humble singing teacher to one of the biggest stars on the planet. The classical crossover soprano has cemented her position firmly in the mainstream and she released her "Believe" album at the peak of her popularity in 2009 and this remains one of her finest works.
Jenkins has long since moved away from traditional opera arias which appeared on earlier albums and focuses on more popular known songs from the classical and non classical repertoire. Indeed this album kicks off with the beautiful "Til There Was You" track from the Music Man musical. A beautiful song sung elegantly and a subtle way to kick off the album. Jenkins at her crowd pleasing best.
The next track on the record really was one which surprised me and that I hate first time round. It's a cover of Evanesnance's hit "Bring me to life" which Jenkins delivers in her operatic tones. Its infectious, powerful overbearing and fantastic. Not everyones cup of tea but sure enough Jenkins talent for turning pop songs into classical versions is beginning to be highlights of her work.
Throughout the album follows the similar pattern of lush orchestration, powerful and beautiful singing and superb production. Jenkins is a huge cash machine for Warner and they have given everything to the album to make it sound superb. It's a credit to everyone involved!
Other highlights including a soul piercing and powerful version of the Queen hit, Who Wants to live Forever, a sublime duet with Andrea Bocelli in which the two compliment each others voices superbly providing the best on record duet of Jenkins career, a beautiful ballad in Fear of Falling and No Woman No Crey due. For classical fans Andre Rieu also makes an appearance with this violin on a lush song.
The one downside here is yes its overproduced, yes its not very "classical" and is more of a pop record and the song where she sings to the godfather theme is cringeworthy of the highest order1
But in all this is the finest album to date from the Welsh beauty and pleased fans and is always worth a listen. Majestic!
Also on ciao
I bought Katherine Jenkins' album Believe , after hearing her song 'Bring Me To Life' , a cover of the Evanescence song. Shortly after , I saw the advert for this album , which featured a few songs I like and so that is what tempted me to buy the album.
Believe it or not , Believe is the eighth album from Katherine Jenkins , released in the United Kingdom in 2009. The album comes under the classical crossover and soft rock genres , featuring many popular songs such as "Angel" , "Bring Me To Life" and "Till There Was You". The album is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £5.98.
* Tracklist *
1)Till There Was You
2)Bring Me To Life
4)I Believe (with Andrea Bocelli)
5)Fear Of Falling
6)The Godfather Theme
7)Ancora Non Sai (with violinist Andre Rieu)
8)No Woman, No Cry
9)La Vie En Rose
10)La Califfa (with Chris Botti)
11)Who Wants To Live Forever
12)Se Si Perde Un Amore
I was never interested in Katherine Jenkins , musically until now. I always thought that she seemed like a nice person from reading many of her magazine interviews , although I just wasn't buying the whole classical thing , until now. As soon as I heard her new sound , I just knew I had to buy the album.
Although , classical isn't really considered 'cool' among young people , I actually think that Katherine now has the 'cool factor' , making classical musical more interesting ,and so 'geeky' as before. I love the fact that she has covered some well known covers , especially the song , "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence. This song is one of my alltime songs , and at one point the band were my favourite band , but now that Katherine has covered this song , I think I actually prefer her version. Although I like the songs on the album , I can't help but feel that Katherine didn't want to push herself too far with the covers on the album , and kept it at a more "safe level" , perhaps to catch the attention of new fans maybe.
Although I have heard Katherine Jenkins sing before , I hadn't really had a good proper listen. By that I mean , when I had heard her sing before , it was because she just happened to be playing on the radio or in shop. I hadn't actually voluntarily sat down and put her album on. So to actually have a good old listen , I couldn't believe how good her voice with! It's so angelic to listen to , and each note is delivered perfectly , no sign of straining whatsoever ; every note comes so naturally to her.
If like me , you've never been interested in Katherine Jenkins before , give this a go , you may even suprise yourself , I certainly did! I would definetely recommend this album! I think KJ is going to be around for a very long time!
Thanks for reading!
February 16th 2010
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
Much as I like Katherine Jenkins's voice by now with Believe her music is starting to become a bit same-y and boring. Well, in my mind anyway. If you've got a winning formula why change it? True it's the style that's made her very popular but I'm not advocating she stop singing opera and start singing rock music or anything, more that her choice of songs are getting a bit predictable - famous opera arias mixed with the odd rock tune that classical singers like to have a go at to make them seem "cool" - case in point, Who Wants to Live Forever?" by Brian May (of Queen).
Her singing is very good as normal and the duet with Andrea Bocelli in the song I Believe was very good. For the most part though I found the album increasingly bland, mainly due to the lush strings that seem to back up every song and if you're lucky the occasional other instrument (though mainly the piano). A string orchestra can be used to great effect but on this album I found it getting tawdry and predictable. Jenkins would sing for a while followed by a lush amount of strings in an instrumental part before she came back in. The best example of this was in her version of La Vie En Rose. It starts off with a minute of Piaf's recording before Jenkins takes over. The difference is very noticeable. You go from a very continental feel to Jenkins singing over yet more strings. The one concession is the brief accordion right at the end. It could have been so much better with braver orchestrations to really bring out that continental feel, which was not at all conveyed in this recording. The only one that breaks this mould even partly is La Califfa which had a trumpet solo in it - although even the impact of this is lost due to the stringed instruments that accompanied it.
My other gripe is that a lot of the songs are too drawn out - which in a way ties in with the other point. Just as you think the song has finished and it was pretty good, it suddenly veers off into another verse or more lush strings, but yet never introduces anything new. I was left feeling that a lot of songs could have been shortened and had much more of an impact.
Overall, for me this was a very disappointing album. Katherine for the next album, please hire a different musical director and producer.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Till There Was You
2 Bring Me To Life
4 I Believe (with Andrea Bocelli)
5 Fear Of Falling
6 The Godfather Theme
7 Ancora Non Sai (with violinist Andre Rieu)
8 No Woman, No Cry
9 La Vie En Rose
10 La Califfa (with Chris Botti)
11 Who Wants To Live Forever
12 Se Si Perde Un Amore