STYLE: Classical RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 22655- LABEL: Centaur 2060 FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Dave Massey
If I was black I think I would be offended by a song entitled "I Stood On De Ribber Ob Jordan" - however Martina is black and presumably not bothered by it. Her musical interpretation cant be faulted and on songs like "City Called heaven" she puts in enough pathos to melt metal. For me though, the incongruity of an opera singer trying to get to grips with the sweat and grit of a negro spiritual is akin to asking Prince Charles to sleep on the streets of London for one night and expect him to understand from that one experience the frustrations and feelings of a homeless person- very nearly a pointless exercise. Despite that, there are many songs on this album ("Calvary", "Deep River" and "Nobody Knows" to name but a few) that have the power to make the old goose-bumps rise. But I attribute that more to the songwriting than the vehicle through which they are presented.
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