Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Malediction & Prayer
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
You'd have to look long and hard to find a more unclassifiable artist than Diamanda Galas. Her mesmerizing voice sounds something like Tina Turner, something like Janis Joplin, and something like Jessye Norman. It's hard t... more »
You'd have to look long and hard to find a more unclassifiable artist than Diamanda Galas. Her mesmerizing voice sounds something like Tina Turner, something like Janis Joplin, and something like Jessye Norman. It's hard to pay attention to what she's actually singing at first; Galas's voice is that compelling, from the deep, heavy notes of "Iron Lady" to the high, shivering pitches of "The Thrill Is Gone." She takes everything from French writer Baudelaire's "Abel et Cain" to legendary bluesman Son House's "Death Letter" and makes them her own, the thundering chords and deep growls of her piano complementing her astounding voice perfectly. Love her or not, Diamanda Galas will provoke a deep-seated response such as few vocalists can aspire to. --Genevieve Williams
kate | 09/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hopefully You've never listened to Diamanda Galas before.
If that's you, and you've just stumbled upon this album, be prepared for a strange musical experience.
This is a compilation of Diamanda Galas tracks performed LIVE. There is a great difference between this album and her studio releases. A lot of raw emotion is captured here that would've otherwise been tamed down in the studio.
It will SHOCK you!"
tgfabthunderbird | York, PA United States | 01/05/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"...I first heard of Diamanda Galas more than 15 years ago, and before her music I knew about her outspoken nature. I read in a magazine about how she wanted to f--- a man because she wanted one to know what it was like to be raped. Okay...a few years later at a conference about AIDS she proclaimed one of the big problems about the disease was she couldn't get laid easily anymore (though someone else on the panel said he'd be glad to oblige her).
Anyway...the shocking blue madness of Galas conceals the woman's skills as a vocalist and a musician. This live recording catches her abilities well, with a few subleties and a lot of fire.
Hearing "25 Minutes to Go" done like this was taking a classic blues song and turning it into something like Dante's Inferno. So bizarre, so twisted and yet you understand somehow.
This is surely not for everyone, but the diverse material and Galas' handling of it impressed me."
Seth777 | Colorado springs, co | 02/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You can never tell whatcha might get with Diamanda, but I love that in her.
This album absolutely blew me away, nothing I thought it would be and I love the fact that I got chills from the softness you can actually hear in her voice on most of the tracks, it's a definate top cd of mine.