This cd is positively amazing. I've only had it a few short months but it has risen to one of my all time favorite cd's. This music seems so custom made for ears to hear. These are straight up stunning vocals and pop music melodies with layers of real musical arrangement in the background. Lara Fabian's voice is so clear and strong yet she has variance and depth and personality in her music that is stunning! I loved her "Pure" cd but missed this one out of the gate back in 2000. I felt like I found buried treasure when I heard these tracks and am amazed at my luck. It's almost as if this is pop music all grown up that stops short of symphonic and is still full of energy and youthfulness.
These melodies are delicious and each solid. The layers of accompaniment are so well thought out. Not one track sounds sloppy or thrown together. "Adagio" is quiet and lovely as is "Love by Grace", a ballad that flows so gently. "Part of Me" also gently rolls you through to "Givin'up on You" which is uptempo and feisty. "You Are My Heart" is another gentle lyrical ballad that Lara effortlessly moves her voice through. "Till I Get over You", "Givin'up on You", "I Am Who I Am" and "Yeliel (My Angel)" are my favorite tracks on the cd. They are each distinct but again classic pop - rhythmically up tempo, with lovely backgrounds; to me it's the best music could be. "I Will Love Again" is the commercial disco/club sounding track that was attractive to begin with but wears thin with time as the other tracks take over as more time resistant. "Broken Vow" is my favorite ballad on the cd and to her credit Lara doesn't let it get syrupy. Josh Groban's version on his live cd sounds more genuine but I love how her voice takes the song through so many different pronouncements of emotion better. She easily moves from soft and intimate to powerful and emphatic. Maybe the only reason this cd didn't create more buzz is that it came during a great year for music. 2000 really was a spectacular Grammy nominee year but still I almost missed this one and I'm better for having found it now! Her voice is amazing; like the purest, most precise, cut crystal. This cd makes the most of a great talent and that's just our great fortune to hear it. I cannot wait to hear her next one - she has some kind of fantastic sound.
It's been little over a year since I first bought this CD. I enjoyed it immensely and it even became my August 2000 employee pick at my workplace at Sam Goody. Then, on 12 August 2001, PBS premiered From Lara With Love, a program consisting of a concert intercut with interviews which showcased tunes from her eponymously-titled English language debut and some of her previous foreign language albums, including Pure. It was like falling in love with her all over again. Some of the music and styles remind me of Celine Dion tunes, interesting considering how both are Canadians. "I Am Who I Am" and "You Are My Heart" are examples of this and while Celine wouldn't have trouble singing them, there's something in Lara's vocal style that places her over Dion. The thing that clinches her lead over Dion is her personal style. She is the prime example of European singers who don't care about the star system or entering the "renowned" hall of divas, as I learned during the PBS pledge break. Then again, it could be the passionate Italian in her inherited from her mother's heritage. "Love By Grace" is a Mariahesque song with the same soaring vocals but at the right level that soothes the listener, especially the chorus's of repetitive melody: "I didn't come here to leave you/I didn't come here to lose/I didn't come here believing..." When she spoke of "Yeliel (My Angel)" and how she envisioned angels not as heavenly beings with wings but that certain gentle person there to protect and love us, I suddenly realized how angelic Lara herself was! She could be anyone's angel hands down. I would definitely be proud to introduce her to my parents and they would be enchanted to meet her in return. The breakthrough dance single "I Will Love Again" is followed by the song she described as a special song, one about betrayed love and forgiveness--"Broken Vow." This song, along with "Love By Grace," highlights her vocal talents. Now THAT is the way to sing a love ballad. The more I hear it, the more I enjoy it. An Italian version of "Adagio," which I like better than the English language version, brings Lara's album full circle. Some of this album was produced by Walter Afanasieff of Mariah Carey and Celine Dion fame, and his arrangements show. With Celine Dion in temporary retirement and Mariah gradually losing the spotlight, this would be a perfect opportunity to move Lara Fabian to her proper throne as, no, not the queen of pop, but the angel of pop.