CD REVIEWS: Des'ree
& Cradle of Filth
Cradle rocks Des'ree to sleep
Rundown: British singer Des'ree follows up her Supernatural
album with Dream Soldier: a folksy, upbeat, but mostly mediocre,
turnout. The poetry in her lyrics are disturbed by the instrumentation,
which is Mickey Mouse simplistic. This holds the album back from quality
production and offers sounds more fitting for an elevator than your Discman.
Key Tracks: After a few spins, the only song that sticks
in your mind is "Righteous Night," a song with a bit more soul
than the rest and a catchy refrain. However, the words don't make much
sense, as Des'ree refers to "sleeping with all her eyes," whatever
that means. She highlights her range in this tune, dipping down into a
throaty bottom octave, generating her signature sound. The single first
released in the UK, called "It's Okay," is repetitive and is
far too motivational for today's cynic, but has a simple effect with rhythmic
clapping in the background.
Sounds Like: Des'ree would have done better to replace
the moniker Dream Soldier with something like Gospel Tunes
for a Sunday Afternoon at the Church Picnic. Her motivational poetics,
partnered with the sickly-sweet instrumentation, is reminiscent of Michael
Jackson's "Heal the World," except not quite as catchy. Dream
Soldier leaves a lot of room for improvement from Des'ree, who hasn't
recaptured the magic she had with hits like "You Gotta Be" and
Damnation and a Day
Rundown: The champions of black metal are back with their
sixth album, Damnation and a Day.
Key Tracks: Lyrically, two key goth themes are present: the fallen
angel and wallowing in despair. Songs like "The Promise of Fever"
is backed by the Budapest Film Orchestra and Choir.
Sounds Like: A complete nightmare of relentless guitars,
assaulting drums and frantic choruses.