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Escala - Escala
Member Name: kaljao
Escala - Escala
Advantages: Great Music
Disadvantages: Very Short Album
Escala is the debut album by the group of the same name. They are an electronic string quartet and were brought to our attention on the "Britains got Talent" TV show in 2008. After their success on this show Simon Cowell signed them up to his record label and this is their offering to us.
The CD was released in May 2009 and went in at number 2 in the UK album charts.
I really like this album which is strange for me as I mainly listen to dance music. I would personally describe it as dramatic classical music.
One of my problems with the CD is that it is very short. The songs that are on the CD are all covers of other songs but they are significantly shorter versions than their original. I would have liked them to have done full length versions.
The tracks on the album are:
"Requiem for a Tower" - Originally this song was called Lux Aeterna by Clint Mansell (from the film Requiem for a dream) but it was remixed and recorded for "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" trailor and then the name became Requiem for a Tower. I only know this as I hunted the song down after frequently hearing it on talent shows at dramatic moments. The original is around 6minutes long, Escala only offer 1.59minutes, which I was really disappointed about. The song itself is very well done though and seems more dramatic than the originals. This song was the reason why I decided to buy the CD.
"Palladio" - This is the song that was performed twice on Britains got Talent (audition and final rounds) and it was also used on Sky Sports adverts too that showed them playing so people often say it is their signature tune. A lot of people probably buy the album because of this song, it is one of my favourite songs and has been on my ipod for a while before I bought this CD.
"Kashmir" - This song features Slash from Guns N' Roses on guitar. It is quite a powerful piece and I believe this song was also used on sky sports adverts. It is also one of my favourite tracks on the album.
"Finding Beauty" - I have heard this song quite a lot of times before. It is often featured in TV dramas and on general TV adverts. It is a very slow and beautiful piece. I quite liked it at first but found that it was a bit dull after hearing it a couple of times, I think this is due to the pace of it.
"Children" - This is a cover of the classic dance song by Robert Miles (featured on the album "Dreamland") originally released in 1994. I absolutely love this track as I love the original and it is great to hear it in a different format. It is the longest track on the album at 4.27minutes.
"Live and Let Die" - This is maybe one of the most famous songs on the album. It was originally recorded by Paul McCartney and was for the film of the same name in the James Bond Series. I personally have to say that I prefer the original on this occasion but still think it is a good performance.
"Chi Mai" - I know this song very well as when I was growing up my dad used to play it constantly on the car stereo and then again all day at home! It is a very famous song and was originally done by Ennio Morricone for the French film Le Professionnel, (My dad told me that as he has seen it and felt he always had to tell me each time it was on)! I think that Escala cover this song perfectly and it is a joy to listen to.
"Feeling Good" - I think this song was originally by Nina Simone (but am not too sure on that) but I know it more recently from versions by Michael Buble and the Pussycat Dolls. I was quite surprised by this song because it seems to just be a cover of a quite normal song but nonetheless it was still very enjoyable and I enjoyed listening to it in this format.
"Sarabande" - I can't say I know anything about this song, so without going on the internet and typing it into google I can't say too much about it, but we can all do that and as this is my review I haven't done so. I can say that I find it the most boring song on the album which I would go as far as saying I didn't like it at all, but maybe this was because I didn't know it? I was glad that this was one of the shorter songs at 2.38minutes.
"Clubbed to Death" - This is a track that is played quite frequently but you don't always notice it. I do however know where I notice it from...they often play it on shows such as X Factor when you hear Dermot O'Leary talking and he is building something up and saying this is their moment of truth, etc and they have dramatic music playing...this is often that music! I really love this track and never seem to get tired of hearing it.
"Adagio for Strings" - Being a dance music fan I always associate with this track from DJ/producer Tiesto. I have heard it in classical format though, but I have never known who it was by, I think this is because I have never taken any interest in any versions other than that of Tiesto. This is a beautiful piece and it might make me reconsider that last statement!!
My knowledge of classical music is extremely limited. I only know a handful of songs and who they are by, in which a couple of them are on this album. I apologise if I have got some of the things wrong about who I think they are by, but as previously mentioned I am not into going onto Google and simply getting facts to add to my reviews as anyone can do this.
I really enjoyed this album and as it is only £3.99 on amazon at the moment you might as well go for it! I was very surprised at how much I have enjoyed it, I just wish it was a bit longer!
Summary: Great album, definately worth buying