Michelle Tumes - Michelle Tumes

Published Wednesday 13th June 2007
Michelle Tumes - Michelle Tumes
Michelle Tumes - Michelle Tumes

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 25309-12716
LABEL: Levantar 829569800421
RELEASE DATE: 2008-11-30
RRP: £13.99

Reviewed by Trevor Raggatt

Disc number four from the Aussie-born singer comes after a hiatus of five years during which time she upped sticks to LA and signed with indie label Levantar Records. One thing's for sure, in that time Michelle has had some Enya albums super-glued into her CD player. The Celtic singer's influence is writ large across the 11 songs presented here. However, while that could be a pejorative statement, hinting at a lack of originality, the opposite is true here. Rather, the Celtic touches blend subtly with the CCM pop sounds which typified her 2001 album 'Dream'. On opening tracks "Introit" and "Domine" Michelle's pure voice even brings to mind Andrea Corr. All this is then wrapped around in sumptuous orchestral arrangements. Production, courtesy of Tumes and hubby, Doug Higgins, is beautifully lush without becoming syrupy - a perfect confection. It also can't hurt that for the project some top LA session hounds like Lee Sklar and Vinnie Colaiuta provide some formidable playing alongside Michelle's own keyboard skills. "Fair Weather" can only be described as "majestic" with its driving orchestral backing and even (la-la-la) "Lovely Day", which could have been unbearably naff in other hands, comes over as charmingly joyous. A mature return from a talented artist.

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Product Description
Michelle Tumes is one part classically influenced one part worship, one part singer/songwriter, all parts inspiring. Michelle Tumes, the fourth album from this talented young singer, includes rich orchestral movements (conducted by Michelle), vibrant piano selections (written and performed by Michelle), and songs which feature everything from live drums to ambient samples. And through it all, her voice is beautiful, even angelic at times.
Perhaps one of the strongest elements of this release is the lyrics. Michelle excels at painting pictures of both emotion and imagery with eloquence, and it is obvious that this is an aspect of her artistry that is of high priority. On 'Caelum Infinitum', she reflects on the beautiful moments of this life as a mirror image of our coming eternal life: 'Like ribbons that dance in a summer fair, I’m overjoyed oh Sacred Head. You shower the roads where angels tread. The blessings of heaven seers foretold...'
On 'Gypsy Heart' Michelle draws' from ancient Biblical texts, as well as various other pieces of classic literature, to tell the tale of a wandering soul, searching for meaning outside of God, but failing. It is an ode to Adam’s Lament: 'This desert road draws every step. I roam on endless sands. Fables of treasures told have kept me in foreign lands.'
'Domine' is a moving, upbeat track whose chorus promises to linger in your mind long after the song is finished. Written with the co-author of the Annie Lennox’a hit, 'Walking on Broken Glass', it implores the Almighty to find us when we are far away.
'Fair Weather' is a dramatic, epic piece that’s filled with deep emotion, yet no less memorable.

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