5.0 out of 5 stars "Musique expérimentale"
Un cd tellement différent de ce qu'on est habitué d'entendre de la part de Sarah Brightman; une musique de forte tendance rock avec des mixages qui nous font littéralement planer pendant les chansons et aussi entre les chansons car les temps morts sont rares. Une seule petite note négative de ma part: Qu'est-ce que "Time to say Goodbye" fait...
Published on Aug 29 2009 by Paul Savard
3.0 out of 5 stars a baffling album
This album was made before Sarah Brightman finally found her "niche" in classical/popular music. It is an album that suffers from multiple personality disorder. How can you open an album with the sublime, romantic Con Te Partiro, and then spend the rest of it rocking out? Such a strange combination could be labled surrealist or dadaist, but that would be too...
Published on Feb 12 2001
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Musique expérimentale",
This review is from: Fly (Audio CD)Un cd tellement différent de ce qu'on est habitué d'entendre de la part de Sarah Brightman; une musique de forte tendance rock avec des mixages qui nous font littéralement planer pendant les chansons et aussi entre les chansons car les temps morts sont rares. Une seule petite note négative de ma part: Qu'est-ce que "Time to say Goodbye" fait sur ce disque? En écoutant l'album vous comprendrez pourquoi je pose cette question. Un tres bon disque malgré tout et je vous le recommande. Il a été enregistré en 1996.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Listening Experiance,
This review is from: Fly (Audio CD)Sarah Brightman is known for her diversity when it come to her music, this album is probably the most diverse yet. Fly starts off with the world famous 'Time to Say Goodbye', which is a beautiful song, but does not fit with the albums electronica feel. The rest of the album is a journey through love in space, which is probably inspired from Sarahs career in the late 70's.
Favorites of mine from the album are 'Murder in Maryland Park', 'A Question of Honor', 'I Loved You', and 'You Take my Breath Away', which was later reprised on the American release of 2003's Harem.
The two duets on the album, 'How Can Heaven Love Me' and 'Something in the Air' I absolutley adore. The contrasting vocals are a nice change that should be done more often, even though many people would disagree. The booklet is also very interesting to look at, the intriguing cover of sarah in a cat-woman like outfit draws you in to the bleached, abstract photos of her inside.
If you are a die-hard Brightman fan like I am, your collection will never be complete if you don't have FLY
2.0 out of 5 stars Something went wrong!,
This review is from: Fly (Audio CD)I was very disappointed with this album! Nothing wrong with the music or the way Sarah sings it, I simply dislike the content, the lyrics! A song about a fly is hardly my cup of tea! The only song I did like was Question of Honour.
If you are a fan of Sarah and don't have my prejudice, then you will undoubtedly love this album!
5.0 out of 5 stars sarah FLY IS SWEET and IT ROCKS !!!!!!!! november 3 - 03,
This review is from: Fly (Audio CD)i LOVE IT!! i to hereing a operaic soprano . Who can allso do rock and pop varey will. Allso i love the orchestra it is vary diffrent from whan she did the trees they grow so high in 1988.The fly cd is like the dive. But the dive cd was more of a happy blue sky.And in the fly cd it is a sky full of rock liteing!!!!!!!! LOOK at her NEWIST cd harem.
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally original.,
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This review is from: Fly (Audio CD)You just don't find CD's like this anymore. This is a high quality CD full of beautiful performances, gorgeous production, and truly original dance-pop-techno-ballad songs, individually and collectively. Sarah's voice is strong across the board, even when it's "weak" on purpose ("Murder In Maryland Park"). Note that "Time To Say Goodbye" was never intended to be on this CD, and is not on original pressings or the recent version sold at the "La Luna" concerts. Its exclusion gives the buzzing fly sound much more impact, and it just makes more sense. To me TTSG should never have been included. Favorites include "How Can Heaven Love Me", "Heaven Is Here", and "I Loved You" (Sarah raps a bit!). For those who became Sarah fans in the "Eden" and "La Luna" days, this may be a bit jarring to listen to, as it leans more towards electronic dance sounds, but with the release of the new CD "Harem", this is a necessary component in understanding the breadth of Sarah's artistry. Brilliant stuff.
4.0 out of 5 stars "Fly" high,
This review is from: Fly (Audio CD)Sarah Brightman, one of the most talented singers of the 21st century, took quite a few weird turns before "La Luna" and the exquisite "Eden." But this earlier album, "Fly," both hints at her present mastery and shows off her vocals in one of the most versatile albums I have ever seen.
The hint of more operatic material is in "Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiró)," a wonderful duet with singer Andrea Bocelli. It makes the next track, "Fly," a little more disarming, a surreal dreamlike song that starts off with a fly's buzzing. There is also the whispery, haunting "Murder in Mairyland Park," soaring "Question of Honour," the rather jerky "Something in the Air" duet with Tom Jones, the lovely India-influenced "You Take My Breath Away," rocking "Ghost in the Machinery," and others.
Versatility is something I always love in music, singers and bands who can do a whole range of songs and styles. Sarah isn't always successful, but she wins a lot more than she loses. She touches on opera, pop, techno, alternative music and influence from countries like India and Iceland for this album. The result is that each song is entirely unique. Not one sounds like another.
Even the guys she sings with are very different; Chris Thompson's slightly hammy singing and Andrea's strong operatic vocals suit Sarah's styles quite well. Tom Jones doesn't fare so well -- I kept waiting for him to stop singing so I could hear Sarah again. His voice is nowhere near as good as hers, and he was singing in such a different manner that it was rather jarring. The writing for the music is quite good; the general feeling is very haunting, dreamlike -- whether that dream is a nightmare or a fantasy. And Sarah shows off both her fluting little-girl voice and her soaring operatic voice.
While Sarah has done better albums, she has never done (and probably never will) a more versatile album with a wider range of music. "Fly" is definitely worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Oddly enough, my favorite Brightman CD,
This review is from: Fly (Audio CD)This CD is not your typical Brightman CD. No arias. No musical theme songs. This CD is a complete turn around from the Lloyd Webber era. Brightman's duet with Andrea Bocelli 'Time to Say Goodbye' opens the CD. I personally never liked this song, even though it was (and still is) the #1 best selling single in Germany. 'Fly' and 'Why' follow, with a very ethereal sound to it, but with a more trip hop/electronica feel. 'Murder in Mairyland Park' is a very odd, and very chilling song. Chris Thompson lends his voice on the rock song 'How Can Heaven Love Me' which is one of my personal favorites. Then Brightman dabs into 'La Wally' (which she later sings in full on her follow up, classical crossover CD 'Time to Say Goodbye') in her smash single 'A Question of Honour', which was dedicated to Henry Maske. 'Ghost in the Machinery' is such a weird song - but I love it anyway. But the major highlight on this CD is the 6:49 song 'You Take My Breath Away'. Starting out with Swahili chants, then climaxing into a beautiful ballad with a fantastic beat. Very well done, Sarah. Legendary Tom Jones helps Sarah to belt out 'Something in the Air', which is not one of my favorites, but it's still decent. 'Heaven is Here' is a lovely ballad, which is so tastefully done - another favorite on the CD. Most of the CD, at this point, is rock/trance/electronica, which may seem like a very odd combination. But it works! But I was not prepared for one of the biggest and best suprises on Fly - 'I Loved You'. 'Heaven is Here' leads right into this rap song, which Sarah pulls off so nicely. Us Americans may not care for the lyrics, because they have such a British flare to them, and they really don't make any sense - but still give it a listen. The CD ends out, like her 'Dive' CD, with a reprise of 'Fly'. This CD is by far my favorite Sarah Brightman CD, which is probably really odd. Download the songs first, to see if you actually want it. It's a hefty price to pay if you don't like it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sarah's pop-rock album makes an interesting blend,
This review is from: Fly (Audio CD)The original debut of Sarah's best hit, "Time To Say Goodbye," was on this album, and its inclusion here is questionable here, as the rest of the songs do not exactly fit with that superlative
jewel. Rather, there's a thematic futuristic rock soundtrack feel to the rest of this album.
The title track begins with the buzzing of a fly before launching into an ambient synthesizer piece. In terms of sound, this piece can easily belong to the Dive set three years earlier; and she uses her yet undeveloped vocal style as well.
"Why" begins like something out of a futuristic sci-fi video, a song for a Bladerunner or Metropolis with its rock guitars and synthesizers. This could've been a good single.
She covers Swedish popster Stina Nordenstam's "Murder In Mairyland Park" next. This soft Sigur Ros-like ballad is done in a softer and less developed version of the sweet pop vocal characterized best in her future cover of "Here With Me."
The next two songs are the best songs on this album bar "Time To Say Goodbye." "How Can Heaven Love You," her duet with Chris Thompson, sets the pace back up with drums, rocking guitars, and superior, soaring vocals by both performers during the chorus. Yet another singleworthy song which sounds like something Foreigner or Loverboy could have done.
"A Question Of Honour," which begins with a snatch from "La Wally" then goes into a danceable synthesizer beat mixed with more lyrics from "La Wally" before going full force into 90's disco punctuated with wailing rock guitar and later, strings. Those who saw Sarah's La Luna concert on public TV will recognize this as the climactic scene where she flies, suspended by wires. The choir sings "If you win or you lose/it's a question of honour/and the way that you choose/is a question of honour."
The rocking sound of "Ghost In The Machine" continues the pace, with backing vocals reminiscent of the Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil"'s "whoo hoo."
Dreamy Indian-style vocals and instruments introduce "You Take My Breath Away," which is more of a breather after the three rockers before. The "Dai-yeah" from the backing vocals seem inspired from "The Long Ships" by Enya.
"Something In The Air" has two alternating halves, the lighter part where Sarah's pop vocals wrap softly around the words, to the blast of sound where Tom Jones sings. It's an uneven affair in the end.
"Heaven Is Here" is a more even affair, an improved Dive-style song transformed into a power ballad with the choir, and is one of the highlights of the album.
The mid-paced synthesizer number "I Loved You" is rife with 60's and 70's references; song titles by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Kinks, Mamas and Papas, Don McLean, the Buggles, Sade, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Phil Collins, UB40, as well as Richard Nixon(!), even a vocal clip by Reagan, Andy Warhol, and Andy-Pandy.
"Fly" has vocal samples of Neil Armstrong, similar to what she did on "La Lune," and closes the album's spacey theme by repeating the middle lyrics of "The Fly."
The marked contrast between this album and Time To Say Goodbye is jarring to say the least, but it does show Sarah's musical variety. This is the closest Sarah went into making a rock album. One year later, Sarah would make it big, and it was not time to say goodbye, but hello.
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Companion To DIVE,
This review is from: Fly (Audio CD)Brightman's follow-up to the pop/electronica-leaning DIVE finds her taking the music further from pop and closer to rock, with the electronic edge still present. Which makes the presence of her classical smash 'Time To Say Goodbye' completely awkward and utterly out of sync with the rest of the album's program. Nevertheless, those like me who loved DIVE will more than likely love FLY, thanks again to some edgy production from producer Frank Petersen and some great vocal work from Brightman. Among the highlights are the two duets, 'How Can Heaven Love Me'(yes, contrary to what alot of reviewers think, it's pretty good) and
the industrial-tinged 'Something In The Air(with some wonderfully over-the-top(?)vocals from Tom Jones), as well as
'Why', 'Ghost In The Machinery',and 'Heaven Is Here'. Again, those put off by DIVE and only like her more classical work will utterly despise this--those with a more open mind, though, should give it a try.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fly upon the dulcet tones of Sarah Brightman,
This review is from: Fly (Audio CD)We all have gifts and one of Ms. Brightman's is her singing. I join my voice with the other reviewers who have praised this album. It's an incredible, enjoyable album. This album showcases her talent, the range of her voice and styles, and is an absolute pleasure to listen to.
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Fly by Sarah Brightman (Audio CD - 1996)
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