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Album Review

Originally released in September 2005, Hayley Westenra's second international album was re-released in April 2006 with only 14 instead of the original 16 tracks. Westenra sings a wide selection of pop-oriented compositions, including Joni Mitchell's "Both Side Now," Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair," and "May It Be" (as featured in The Lord of the Rings), all with the minimum of backing music, mainly just a pure soprano voice beautifully soaring like a bird and leaving its cage behind. One can't help but think of the scene in The Shawshank Redemption when Andy locks himself in the library and plays some opera over a loudspeaker. "Quanta Qualia" has something of the quality of the Clannad hit "Theme from Harry's Game," while "Dell'amore Non Si Sa" is a duet with Andrea Bocelli. There are also a few new folk ballads: "What You Never Know (Won't Hurt You)," "The Mists of Islay," and "She Moves Through the Fair." Odyssey is the ideal album to chill out and relax to after a hard day's work. [This 12-track version of Odyssey does not include "Scarborough Fair" or "The Mists of Islay."]

Customer Reviews

Hayley’s musical odyssey continues.

This album is an excellent follow-up to her multi-million selling international debut pure. Hayley sounds fantastic as usual, with her beautifully natural voice fitting each song perfectly. The album, like Hayley, is a little more grown up to what we have heard before; her voice has definitely matured and become a little smoother with more presence, which adds a little more richness to the music. A definite must have for anybody who likes classical music. Odyssey is a little different to pure in that it has less pop influenced music (though other regional versions are more pop orientated than the UK release); instead it leans more towards classical with a splash of folk and the odd ballad thrown in. The highlights are it opens with the beautifully haunting “Prayer” which as you listen to it you really appreciate how wonderful her voice truly is and what a great talent she has become. The duet “Dell'Amore Non Si Sa” with Andrea Bocelli is as good if not better than “Time to say goodbye” which he recorded with Sarah Brightman. The renditions of both Joni Mitchell’s “Both sides now” and especially Enya’s “May it be” seem to add a different dimension to the original recordings and in the reviewers opinion are better versions. Hayley co-wrote and arranged the music for “What you never know (won’t hurt you)” showing she has come a long way from the wide-eyed 13 year-old best known for “Walking in the air” in New Zealand. Long may her career continue and whatever path she takes I will follow her on her musical journey.

Another Fantastic Success

This is a fantastic comeback to the fabulous album Pure which i love and still listen to regularly but what has stopped me listening to it so often is the new album odyssey is quickly taking its place. Ave maria is pure brilliance! hit the buy button now to experience a more grown up hayley and more! A* class!!

An ordeal !!

The album started well with duel with Andrea Boccelli but it went downhill from there. I cringed when I listened to her rendition of 'both side now' and have to skip the track by the time I got to o mio babbino caro. I thought it was impossible to murder an aria like o mio babbino caro, Hayley Westenra has proved me wrong! The album was seemed to put together mindlessly and carelessly, and Westenra was singing like a mechanical canary, without a trace of emotion and feeling! If it wasn't a present I would have returned it and demand my money back!


Born: 10 April 1987 in Christchurch, New Zealand

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born in 1987, Hayley Westenra hails from New Zealand. Classically trained as both a singer and a dancer, she is a former member of the New Zealand Royal Ballet. Westenra's voice is an operatic instrument and she has performed with the New Zealand Opera and Orchestra. She made her recording debut at the age of 14 with a self-titled collection that took her country by storm. Universal International then released Pure, an eclectic and very engaging set of pop, classical, and sacred songs, which exploded...
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