Anja Lehmann - Beautiful

Published Wednesday 21st July 2010
Anja Lehmann - Beautiful
Anja Lehmann - Beautiful

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 94336-16642
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Steve Hayes

Anja Lehmann hails from Germany, but this set of songs is beautifully sung in English. It's difficult though to pin down a particular style. The opening number, appropriately entitled "First And Foremost", is pure R&B with some great backing and a powerful vocal performance by Fraulein Lehmann. That's followed by "Wonderful", which is really a funk track, a thumping bassline pumping out throughout and some great sax breaks. Then there are more reflective numbers - "Still Greater" features Brian Doerksen - and another that is a lilting Celtic version of "Oh The Cross", with wonderful vocal harmonies. "B As In Beautiful" is a catchy pop number and "Cry For Justice" carries a powerful message, reinforced by the emotion of the singer. There are 15 tracks here (including four unnecessary "Interludes" - but that's a very minor gripe) and all of them are different, the only unifying factors being the wonderfully flexible voice of the singer and the excellence of the arrangements. Lehmann's website is in German (never my strong point), so I've yet to discover more about this great singer and her musicians. The fact that I want to shows that 'Beautiful' is a fine album.

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