by Sarah Brightman


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Dreamchaser is classical crossover superstar Sarah Brightman's first studio recording in five years. The offering was inspired by her decision to become the first singer in outer space. She has already spent time training, and is scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station in 2015. Mike Hedges and Sally Herbert (the latter formerly of the Banderas) helmed these sessions with heavy hands and regal elegance. The set opens with the spacy classical pop of "Angel," written by Herbert and Jerry Burns specifically for the singer. Its enormous strings, electronic percussion, throbbing bassline, disembodied backing voices, guitars, and harp offer a dramatic entrance -- especially when the choir enters to cap it. Up next is the first eye-opener: her reading of Elbow's "One Day Like This." Her voice is surrounded by sequenced synths, painstakingly arranged strings, and ambient textures, turning this indie pop gem into the mainstream, grown-up variety, yet keeping the song's integrity. She follows it with a reading of Sigur Rós' "Glosoli," with English lyrics by Squeeze's Chris Difford. The beautiful, subtle soundscapes of this Icelandic band are absent here, replaced by a more pronounced sense of melody. That said, ambient sounds, layers of cellos and violincellos, a restrained backing chorus, and drums that sound like muted thunder create a stellar backdrop for Brightman's gorgeous vocal. Her readings of the "Lento e Largo" from Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 3 and Rimsky-Korsakov's "A Song of India" are less successful, however, due to so much reverb that Brightman actually gets swamped in the mix. Another standout is her version of Sia's confessional "Breathe Me." Framed in sparse keyboards and warm spacious electronics before the other instruments enter, her vocal is treated with digital delay and reverb tastefully, adding dimension to a track she makes her own. Likewise, pushing her version of the Cocteau Twins' "Eperdu" out further on an excess ledge -- while remaining faithful to the basic production -- works quite well, even if it is less delightfully alien than the original. That said, her reading of Paul McCartney's "Venus and Mars" falls quite flat, containing none of the charm written into the tune. Though Dreamchaser may not win her many new fans -- she doesn't need them -- it's is a shoo-in for fans. Despite some missteps, Brightman stretches her comfort zone again; she gets points for even attempting some of these songs. That she pulls off her most daring choices is a testament to her artistry.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/2013
Label: Simha
UPC: 0091037217646
catalogNumber: 72176
Rank: 51008

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Brightman   Primary Artist,Vocals,Footsteps
Shirley Lewis   Background Vocals
Jon Brion   Guitar,Piano,Celeste,Vibes
Sally Herbert   Conductor
Mike Hedges   Footsteps
Yuka Ikushima   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Makoto Sakamoto   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Joby Burgess   Percussion
Dee Clay   Background Vocals
Olli Cunningham   Piano
Richard Rundle   Guitar
Melody Myers   Background Vocals
Mark Griffiths   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Henryk Mikolaj Górecki   Composer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov   Composer,Lyricist
Paul McCartney   Composer,Lyricist
Mike Oldfield   Composer
Sarah Brightman   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Shirley Lewis   Drum Engineering
Haydn Bendall   Vocal Engineer
Chris Braide   Composer,Lyricist,Vocal Arrangements
Pete Davis   Programming
Chris Difford   Composer,Lyricist
Elizabeth Fraser   Composer,Lyricist
Sally Herbert   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Lyricist,Producer,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Linda McCartney   Composer,Lyricist
Mike Hedges   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Lyricist,Producer
Jerry Burns   Composer,Lyricist
Stylorouge   Art Direction
Yuka Ikushima   Composer
Everton Nelson   Orchestra Leader
Geoff Sanoff   Vocal Engineer
Sia   Composer,Lyricist
Sigur Rós   Composer,Lyricist
Dan Carey   Composer,Lyricist
Guy Garvey   Composer,Lyricist
Makoto Sakamoto   Composer,Programming
Nick Taylor   Vocal Engineer
Lee Slater   Vocal Engineer
Isabel Seeliger-Morley   Drum Engineering
Olli Cunningham   Score Supervisor,Vocal Engineer,Choir Arrangement
Robbie Nelson   Drum Engineering
Tucker Robinson   Vocal Engineer
Matt Brownlie   Pro-Tools
Richard Rundle   Programming
Andrew Guthrie   Composer,Lyricist
Philip Raymond   Composer,Lyricist

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Dreamchaser 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dreamchaser is by far  Sarah's weakest album. These poorly chosen selections are not worthy of her incredible talent  . It never should have been released. Save your money and buy one of her previous albums. ,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THis album is really inspiring and with depths!!
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Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
“Dreamchaser” by Sarah Brightman contains musical melodies that blend chillout and classical elements. “Angel”, “On A Day Like This”, “Breath Me”, and “Venus and Mars” showcase the soul of her singing behind the songs. The dvd and cd edition includes the video of “Angel”, a photo gallery, the tracks “7th Heaven”, and “So Long Ago, So Clear.” I also enjoyed how she opened her heart to share one of her dreams inside the dvd portion. “Dream Chaser” by Sarah Brightman is good for those who are already familiar with her music and/or those who like classical music with hints of chillout and pop melodies.