Reviews roundup – Rebecca Ferguson vs. Eden’s Curse
Lady Sings The Blues
Rebecca Ferguson is one of the few great singers to emerge from the talent show conveyor belt over the last few years, but she’s suffered from a lack of genuinely great material. So it makes some kind of sense for her to go back in time to revisit some jazz gems from years gone by.
However, this record is another one in the run of “nearly” albums, as it’s a very safe retread of the Billie Holiday songbook. Granted, Ms Ferguson still has a luscious voice and when you’re working with songs like ‘Embraceable You’, ‘That Ole Devil Called Love’ and ‘Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)’, then it’s not really going to fail.
The backing is fairly traditional jazz pop with some nice horn arrangements, and when Ms Ferguson meets a really good arrangement as she does on ‘Willow Weep For Me’, then it’s an absolute pleasure.
Live With The Curse
Recorded live at the Classic Grand in Glasgow, this is the first live release from power metal band Eden’s Curse, one that saw them promoting the “Symphony Of Sin” record. That was also their first with vocalist Nikola Mijic and, assuming this is overdub free, he can certainly cut it live.
Given they were promoting an album, it’s no surprise that it’s well represented here, but there is still plenty of room for back catalogue gems. It’s nice to hear songs like ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Judgement Day’ in a live environment, as they have an extra degree of power that suits them. The real surprise, though, is when they take it down a notch on ‘Fallen From Grace’, a song I didn’t care for, and reveal it to be a fabulous ballad.
The band are in fine form, and by getting in Dennis Ward to do the mix, they’ve made a good job of capturing a live sound. It says a lot for the quality of the material, that it rarely flags over the two discs, and this is a record that fans will really, really enjoy.