13 Songs, 48 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
205 Ratings
205 Ratings
Basher EJS

"Pure" hit

Gotta love iTunes and their Free downloads. Without it, i never would have heard of Haley Westenra and the mesmerising voice she brings to the air around you. I got Track 8: "Hine E Hine (Maiden, O Maiden) [Without Maori Intro]" and was dumbfounded by the elegance and angelic tone it brings. Then i gave in and got the album. By far one of the best albums on iTunes! You must get this album!

Pure and Odyssey are great compilations of soothing sounds and well done musical composing that is very rare among the iTunes music collections and is well worth the money. "Across the Universe of Time" is the best track on this particular album, then again the rest are great, too. With a voice like hers, how can you turn her down? What's even more amazing, she's only 18! Get this album now! You won't regret it!


Wow, that's all I can say!

This girl can really, really sing. So beautiful, it just gives me goosebumps to think somebody can sing like that.


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Hayley Westenra --- the voice of the century! This album can be described only with superlatives, a matchless musical experience. The soaring, thrilling voice, pure as sparkling water and only waiting to be colored by maturity, belongs to a delightful young lady who also has an innate sense of how to put over a song: her phrasing and expression is sublime.

About Hayley Westenra

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 all over the globe. Westenra's voice is unusually suited to popular music because, unlike other classical singers, she doesn't resort to using vibrato technique. Instead, her delivery is extremely clean and full, hitting notes effortlessly and letting them draw out naturally.

While critics have unfortunately compared her to Charlotte Church, Westenra's interpretive gifts lie in the same terrain as singers such as Kate Bush on one side (whose "Wuthering Heights" was Pure's first single) and Barbra Streisand on the other. After the runaway success of Pure, Westenra and her family moved to London, and she began nearly nonstop world touring in support of her album. She has performed at the British Classical Awards, guaranteeing her success in the U.K. Pure was issued in the United States in April 2004, and the music video for "Wuthering Heights" has garnered considerable play on VH1, underscoring well-received performances in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. In June 2004, Universal issued My Gift to You, a collection of Christmas and seasonal songs.

Westenra's second international album, Odyssey, was released in September 2005 and featured folk ballads as well as a wide selection of more pop-oriented compositions. Treasure, a personal collection of Irish and Maori folk songs, arrived in 2007, followed by the compilation River of Dreams: The Very Best of Hayley Westenra in 2008. The holiday-themed album Winter Magic appeared in 2009. Westenra returned in 2011 with her fifth international studio album, Paradiso. Working in collaboration with Ennio Morricone, the album featured songs especially written by Morricone for Westenra. Her sixth studio album, Hushabye -- a collection of classic children's lullabies -- was released in 2013. ~ Thom Jurek

Christchurch, New Zealand
April 10, 1987




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