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On her first studio album in five years, Sarah Brightman teams with producer Mike Hedges (U2, The Cure, Camilla Keslake) to craft an album of pop, rock, and classical songs linked by the theme of space travel. The Queen of Classical Crossover's crystalline vocals and flair for the theatrical serve her well here, whether she’s flying to soprano heights (“Angel”), surrounding herself with liturgical textures (“Ave Maria”), or riding the ripples of romantic pop (“Closer”). The scope of Dreamchaser’s material is impressive, ranging from the slowly unfolding grandeur of Sigur Ros’ “Glosoli” to the shimmering effervescence of The Cocteau Twins’ “Eperdu” and the arena-rock melodrama of Paul McCartney’s “Venus and Mars.” Brightman brings equal sensitivity to her versions of the exotic Rimsky-Korsakov piece “A Song of India” and Elbow’s orchestral rocker “One Day Like This.” “Kazi No Tormichi” deserves special mention for its ethereal delicacy. Hedges' production is both accessible and challenging, surrounding Brightman with lush strings, stately percussion, and electronica accents.

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Sarah's Ave Maria & Symphony #3 were the only two songs that seemed to speak to me. The album is certainly better than her last but it doesn't come close to Harem or her earlier works. I'm sad. :-/

Brightman Fans (including me) Will Most Likely Be Disappointed :(

I wanted to like this album; I really, really did. I snagged an import of the Japanese release a few weeks ago, and I have listened through this countless times, and with the exception of a couple songs, the record is completely disjointed and weak. I have been a HUGE Sarah Brightman fan for 20 years, and each release has thrilled me (Eden and Harem I believe are her strongest achievements). Dreamchaser is such a disappointment in comparison. The songs don't mesh well together at all. Probably the saddest, and largest disappointment here is the weak and watered-down cover of Sia's "Breathe Me". I was so excited to see that she had covered this song and when I heard it, I could barely get through it and I was so let down I just wanted to cry- and not in the good way that Sarah usually makes me cry.

There are two semi-redeeming standout tracks here. The lead single, Angel (and even this song lacks any kind of real hook) is listenable and hearkens back to Sarah's signature style. But the largest, most beautiful, sparkling stone on this otherwise poor collection of songs is Sarah's stunning cover of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós's gorgeous song, "Glósóli". Honestly, I'd recommend just downloading this one song and skipping the rest. I really hope Sarah's next record is a lot more solid than this one. I realize that artists have to grow and evolve their sound, but I think Sarah took the wrong path with "Dreamchaser".


I've had the album for weeks now and I've tried numerous times to get into it and I just can't seem to. The first two singles "Angel" and "One Day Like This" are fine songs, but they certainly don't compare to the likes of "A Question Of Honour" or anything from Eden or Harem. As a whole, the album sounds the same from track to track, and it's extremely mellow in tone. Also, how many versions of "Ave Maria" can we come to expect? The song has been featured on the Classics album, two different versions of it on A Winter Symphony, a live version on Symphony: Live In Vienna and now it's featured again on Dream Chaser in a new form. So far, my favorite track from Dream Chaser is a bonus track found on the Deluxe Version called, "Closer", which again comes nowhere close to any of Sarah's other classic songs. I was certainly hoping for more this time around.


Born: August 14, 1960 in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Broadway star Sarah Brightman was the inspiration behind such stage hits as Phantom of the Opera and Requiem, written in her honor by ex-husband Andrew Lloyd Webber. Born August 14, 1960, in Berkhampstead, England, Brightman began dancing at the age of three, and ten years later made her London theatrical debut in Charles Strouse's I and Albert. By 1976, she was a dancer on the television series Pan's People, and later led the pop group Hot Gossip, which in 1978 scored a U.K. number one hit with...
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