Harem [Canada]

Harem [Canada]

by Sarah Brightman


Adopting a Middle Eastern flavor to enhance her blend of classical and new age pop, Sarah Brightman's Harem continues her experimentation with thematic discs that began with 1993's oceanic Dive. These themes, while never dominant or original, are simply meant to enhance her brand of crossover just enough to keep listeners interested in hearing her next project. Harem accomplishes that feat by shrouding new age pop songs in a thin Middle Eastern veil that disguises, but never completely covers, Brightman's true musical identity. It works well when she fully utilizes the theme, as on the opening title track where Brightman's fragile operatic voice is able to capture the traditional phrasing without sounding forced. But when the formula simply dresses up a pop/dance song like "The Journey Home," the results are less interesting and cross into territory already explored by the group Enigma and its worldly hits. Elsewhere, Brightman appears to have been taking classes at the Kate Bush vocal institute, sounding eerily similar to the English thrush on the quiet tracks "What You Never Know" and "Free," her writing collaboration with Sophie B. Hawkins. Retaining her classical leanings, Brightman successfully incorporates "Un Bel Di," from Puccini's Madame Butterfly, into the surging beats of "It's a Beautiful Day," her best attempt at creating a chart-worthy hit. Middle Eastern music stars like Kazem al-Saher and the late Ofra Haza lend an air of authenticity, while the tasteful arrangements by former Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman refrain from overpowering Brightman's voice or sinking into an Arabian parody. The disc gets a bit long by the time it reaches the unnecessary standard "Stranger in Paradise," but Brightman's Harem adventure is interesting enough to have listeners packed and ready to travel with her on another musical journey. [Harem's release in Canada also includes the two bonus tracks "Tout Ce Que Je Sais de Toi" and "Guéri de Toi."]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2003
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 0724355753724
catalogNumber: 557537

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Brightman   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Ofra Haza   Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Nigel Kennedy   Violin,Soloist
Bach Choir   Choir, Chorus
Natacha Atlas   Vocals
Martin Frosty Beedle   Drums
Jaz Coleman   Vocals
Peter Weihe   Guitar,Sitar
Trevor Barry   Bass
Frank Peterson   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Kuljit Bhamra   Percussion,Tabla
Gunther Laudahn   Background Vocals
Rony Barrak   Percussion
Gregorian   Choir, Chorus
Aboud Abdel Ali   Violin,Soloist
Michael Soltau   Piano,Keyboards
Mike Reed   Conductor
Matthias Meissner   Keyboards
Prague Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jonathan Penton   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lukas Hilbert   Background Vocals,Electric Sitar
Nina Bromham   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jiri Burda   Mandolin
Adam Klemens   Conductor
Ibrahim Fathie   Kavala
Chiara Ferrau   Narrator
Sarah Leatherbarrow   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Adrian Partington   Conductor
Amir Abdel Magid   Kanoon
Stephan Moccio   Piano
Andrew Playfoot   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Anna Samant   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Shweta Shetty   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Dean Hussain   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Reda Bdir   Nay
Kadim Al Sahir   Vocals
Kuljid Bhamra   Percussion,Tabla
Natasha Atlas   Background Vocals
Michael Reed   Conductor
Violet   Background Vocals
Rony Barrack   Percussion

Technical Credits

Alexander Borodin   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Ofra Haza   Composer
Sarah Brightman   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Adaptation
Sophie B. Hawkins   Composer,Lyricist
Bezalel Aloni   Composer,Lyricist
Peter Asher   Management
Don Black   Composer,Lyricist
Jaz Coleman   Orchestration
George Douglas   Composer,Lyricist
Rob O'Connor   Art Direction
John Luard Timperley   Engineer
George David Weiss   Composer,Lyricist
Lubos Novacek   Engineer
Frank Peterson   Composer,Programming,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,Adaptation
Niall Acott   Engineer
Paul Bateman   Orchestration
Klaus Hirschburger   Composer,Lyricist
A.R. Rahman   Composer,Lyricist
Roxanne Seeman   Composer
George Forrest   Composer
Michael Soltau   Programming,Engineer
Ferrer Trinidade   Composer,Lyricist
Frederico de Brito   Lyricist
Christopher von Deylen   Lyricist,Adaptation
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Matthias Meissner   Composer,Programming
Nicola Hitchcock   Composer
Saul Freeman   Composer
Lukas Hilbert   Composer
Pete Murray   Composer
Brian Johnson   Lyricist
Christian Draude   Programming
Sameh Hamandi   Engineer
Matt Bartram   Engineer
Cenek Kotzman   Engineer
Stephan Moccio   Composer,Lyricist
Samuel Pospisil   Engineer
Dennis Preiss   Engineer
Shweta Shetty   Composer,Lyricist
Patrick Benzner   Composer,Lyricist
Kristian Draude   Composer,Programming,Lyricist
Chris Lean   Contributor
Mat Bartram   Engineer
Kareem Al Iraqi   Lyricist
Cenek Kotzmann   Engineer
Violet   Lyricist
Fred E. Goldring   Legal Counsel
Robert Wright   Composer
Thomas Schwarz   Composer

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