Why this debut album is different from all others

Why this debut album is different from all others

Album Of The Week

norman lebrecht

October 29, 2021

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:

Most debut vocal albums consist of familiar arias sung in much the same way as all the big divas and stuffed with agent-approved hype. Not this one.

I have never heard any of the songs on this Canadian mezzo’s first outing and know no more about her except that I tipped her for stardom six years ago and now discover that my first impression was a woeful underestimate of her tremendous promise. O, Canada!

The songs first. They are all by women…

Read on here.

And here.

En francais ici.

In Czech here.

In The Critic here.



  • ConcernedApe says:

    And yet you didn’t mention her name anywhere in this post. I am glad this woman is great, but she has a name I am sure.

    The misogamy is so ubiquitous that you don’t even know when you are doing it.

  • Bloom says:

    The album is different, indeed.
    I like the last piece, ”Nausicaa”.

  • Bloom says:

    In fact the whole CD is wonderfully strange and at the same time familiar. ” You look so lost, stranger./ But you’re not lost /’Cause I’ve just found you.” Well, I’m glad that I’ve just found this Nausicaa and her musical wonders.

  • Meal says:

    I have to admit that I like D’Angelo’s voice but not the CD. The engineers did every effort to make the different songs as equal as possible this resulting in boring sound effects. The voices comes to often with to much electronic hall effect. I would go for an acoustic version af the album but definitely not the current one.