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Album Review

Recorded with a large contingency of German musicians, British stage-diva Sarah Brightman's Dive is a loose concept album tied together by a common thread of nautical references. Opening with the short, spoken-word piece that is the title track, there are constant images of the sea throughout the lyrics. The material sounds like what you would expect from Brightman's ex-husband Andrew Lloyd Webber. It's all fairly pretentious power ballads, but there's no denying that they're melodic. Brightman has a powerful set of pipes and, actually, shows a good deal of restraint. There are several songs that are a cut above like "Captain Nemo" and "Seven Seas." She does go over the top on her cover of Procol Harum's "A Salty Dog," but she redeems herself with the closer, "The Second Element II." The song, a reprise of an earlier track, is a stripped-down, acoustic affair with a subdued vocal by Brightman.

Customer Reviews

NEW and DIFFERENT for Sarah Brightman

Thought that when I bought this album I would hate it, just because of the cover, BUT, it actually was quite good! Here are my scores: 1.) DIVE - 4/5 - Cool and short vocalise to Captain Nemo 2.) CAPTAIN NEMO - 5/5 - Cooler and pop-ier version than the European band DIVE 3.) THE SECOND ELEMENT - 4/5 - Just a tad oversynthisized, but good nonetheless 4.) SHIP OF FOOLS - 4/5 - Sort of a oceanic love song, tying in to next track 5.) ONCE IN A LIFETIME - 4/5 - Kind of an outreach for Sarah. It talks about the one event in a person's life, and it's apparent when she says, "I need to taste you more" and "Let me dive in to pools of sin." Get it? Still good, though. At the end, there is a blurb about a huge sea storm, which is a verbal vocalise to A Salty Dog. 6.) A SALTY DOG - 5/5 - Excellent. Gentle strings with an ocean background sound. Good lyrics too. 7.) SIREN - 4/5 - Short vocalise into Seven Seas. 8.) SEVEN SEAS - 4/5 - Pretty good with a nice ocean sound. Slower and calmer. 9.) JOHNNY WANNA LIVE - 4/5 - Basically talks about some Johnny wanting to live. Strong and powerful vocals with good background vocals. 10.) BY NOW - 5/5 - Awesome! Very strong! 11.) ISLAND - 5/5 - Cool jamaican sound at the beginning! Strong vocals again! 12.) WHEN IT RAINS IN AMERICA - 5/5 - Good! A drop faster! Interesting! 13.) LA MER - 4/5 - Mostly just speaking, with the refrain constantly repeating. Not my favorite, but still pretty good. 14.) THE SECOND ELEMENT 2 - 5/5 - Same as "The Second Element", and just as good. OVERALL SCORE = 66/70 = 0.94285 = about 95% A great buy for any Sarah Brightman fan, old or new!

Interestingly Different

This is pretty good--I like about half of the songs, and "The Second Element" is my favorite. This was a step toawards her Harem album, sort of the same feel, and I think that this was a really good effort.

Dive into the beginning of Brightman

This album is probably the most pop/ballad centric album Sarah has ever created. Her famous arias and classical efforts would come later, but here her smooth and innocent voice pierces and permeates your senses with a definite feeling of nostalgia along with a strong and powerful force that is the balance to this album. While some tracks are skippable, mainly the "A Salty Dog" narration, the final track is a perfect ending to a near perfect album. If you are a Sarah Brightman fan and love the 90's you can not pass this album up.

Biography

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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