Автор: Argentum | 27 октября 2011 | Просмотров: 3113Mp3, Lossless
Artist: Lisa Gerrard Album: The Black Opal Genre: New Age | Ambient Origin: Australia Quality info: mp3 320 kbps + covers | FLAC (tracks + .cue) + covers Size: 168 mb | 315 mb ========================
1. Red Horizon (04:14) 2. The Messenger (05:04) 3. Tell It from the Mountain (04:34) 4. In Search of Lost Innocence (02:56) 5. The Crossing (02:48) 6. Redemption (08:39) 7. The Serpent & The Dove (07:26) 8. Black Forest (04:40) 9. All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover) (05:50) 10. Solace (04:58) 11. The Maharaja (06:37) 12. Sleep (07:03)
'There is something far different about the feeling I get prior to listening to a Lisa Gerrard album for the first time, unlike any other album. For example, I know her music is going to reach me on a deeper, more emotional and even a spiritual level, something that doesn’t happen too often with other artist’s albums. Lisa Gerrard has always been gifted from childhood with the ability to reach people on an emotional level with her voice and her skill unparalleled, even before seeking lessons.
Her days in the band, Dead Can Dance deepened that ability and enabled her to reach even more people than ever before. It was upon viewing a music video called “Lonely is an Eyesore” that I was first exposed to her amazing talent. I used the word exposed, because since that time, I’ve never been able to get enough of her voice and her music.
To describe her voice really is synonymous with describing the emotion it conveys as she seems to throw all technical concerns out the window and communicates her faith and her feelings through her own languages and also much more recently in English as well.
Since Dead Can Dance, Lisa Gerrard has been working on collaborations, scoring soundtracks and releasing solo albums. Lisa had recently received the Australian Screen Music Award for Best Music Score for her soundtrack to Balibo. Lisa has now also released a re-mastered version of her Balibo album on the store of her site for fans as well as her collaboration with Klaus Schulze called Come Quietly which was available during their European tour in September this year.
Her last release, “The Silver Tree” (2007), saw her directing (for the first time) the video for “Come Tenderness” and this time around for her latest release “The Black Opal” (2009), she has created a video for the song “The Serpent & the Dove” with Josiah Brooks.
With the release of “The Black Opal” being available online (http://www.lisagerrard.com) in digital format as well as a standard and deluxe CD, that are made with recycled materials, it further demonstrates her world-minded forethought in helping the environment. The deluxe version contains the above mentioned, “The Serpent & the Dove” video, additional songs as well as pull out poems and additional artwork and images.
Speaking of images, I had been trying to piece together a meaning with the symbolism of the album cover, but was unsuccessful on my own. Thankfully, it was made known to me that the eye on the album is a dolphin’s eye and the blood is to symbolize the acts of cruelty that we are still inflicting on dolphins and many other creatures of the Earth. This is a topic that Lisa feels very strongly about and hopes will have a positive impact for people.
Upon the opening of the album, “Red Horizon” immerses its tones into your head, gradually filling the atmosphere of the album into your mind. If you allow it to, you can truly lose yourself in the timelessness of her work. It is this timelessness that is the strength of Lisa Gerrard’s sound, but in order to fully appreciate it, it is best to listen in a distraction free area, wherever that may be for you.
One of the most pleasant aspects to this album is more focus on perhaps one of the more basic and rudimentary of instruments, the piano. The instrument in itself is elegant and can be filled with its own emotional power and tonal resonance to satisfy most music listeners on its own. However, in the hands of Michael Edwards, and married with Lisa’s vocals, a truly magical moment is born. “The Messenger” reaches out of the subconscious and lends itself to dreamlike imagery and is the perfect evolution in Lisa Gerrard’s music. Where Brendan Perry and Lisa meshed with their blend of world music and reached back into the past, Michael and Lisa now reach out to the future, and it is vast.
Any long time fan of Lisa’s will truly appreciate this album. In a way, it has a feel of being a best of album, in that it is a best of all the different ranges and influences that Lisa’s music has spanned over the years. While most of the music is fresh for long time fans, there are attributes that are reminiscent of her previous works. This is one case where this is a good thing though. It encompasses elements of “The Mirror Pool” with some darker toned songs, some of the beauty and elegance of “Duality”, the serenity of “Immortal Memory” and growth and spirituality from “The Silver Tree”. Where the Silver Tree’s influences end, the material on “The Black Opal” expands and breaches into new territory and runs with it. Like a tree, deeply rooted and true to itself, Lisa stays focused on the core elements of herself and her sound. She demonstrates true, natural growth and redefines her own boundaries by applying her voice into new musical styles successfully.
Lisa has mentioned that she has been working on “a new dimension to her work” and has introduced some of those songs on tour both on the last Dead Can Dance tour and her tour for the “Silver Tree” album. Two of those songs are “Black Forest” and “Sleep” (originally called “Hymn for the Fallen”), “Black Forest” is by far, the strongest song on the album, in this reviewer’s opinion. Containing a sultry Jazz influence and sung in an impassioned English, Michael Edwards piano careening the motion of the song along. Slowly building with a deepening turbulence and swelling with an orchestral background, the phrase “you don’t love me” resounds its finality and hits the emotional mark. Then, with a sudden and sharp end, the silence between tracks becomes like a resonant echo left by the emotional impact of the song.
Following this song is perhaps the most surprising songs on the album, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower”. Cover songs can be a double-edged sword for artists at times, but for Lisa Gerrard, the song is executed in a fresh and unique way that fans and listeners who are newly introduced to her music should be able to appreciate as well.
For anyone who has seen the film entitled “Sanctuary” (Milan Records), a film by Clive Collier about Lisa and her life through the words of herself, her friends, colleagues and even her parents, you were treated to a sampling of the music on this album too. A portion of the song called “Solace” was played while the video slowly moved through a forest, presumably near where Lisa resides. That image now sticks with me every time I hear the song and it is so fitting to the mood of the song indeed.
Another song featured on the “Sanctuary” film is a song called “Sleep” that was played in a piano-less and more orchestral form during the credits. It was also, as mentioned above, performed live, so those who have heard the song previously will be treated to hearing this in its studio form. It is a tender piano piece; a lullaby, if you will, and the perfect closing to an album marking a bold new chapter in the musical life of Lisa Gerrard. Don’t worry about defining the music that Lisa has put forth onto this album, let her music reach you and speak for itself as it is. And do not dismiss or pigeonhole her either, for she is and always will be an artist in the truest form, without definition.'
Written byDennis M. Kelly @ www.chicagomusicguide.com