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Harem CD with US Bonus Track Sarah Brightman

2 GBP

Released 2003 CD album Worldwide Angel Records

 

1. Harem (Cançoa do Mar)

2. What a wonderful world

3. It's a beautiful day

4. What you never know

5. The journey home

6. Free

7. Mysterious days

8. The war is over

9. Misere mei (instrumental)

10. Beautiful

11. Arabian nights

12. Stranger in paradise

13. Until the end of time

 Additional Bonus track

14. You take my breath away - US version only

Please note this CD has NO CD Jewel case, but does come with CD front booklet

Heady and intoxicating, Harem is, without doubt, the most expansive and cinematic of Sarah’s albums yet. The same artistry that, in previous albums, was used to interlace pop with opera, is evident here yet again.

This time, Sarah and producer Frank Peterson deftly intermingle their contemporary and, at times, dance-oriented sensibilities with the exotic instrumentation and melodic phrases of bygone eras. Nowhere is this fusion more pronounced than in the mesmerizing title track, “Harem.”

Although this album is a departure from her recent classical crossover albums, one song features Sarah’s operatic voice. On “It’s A Beautiful Day,” Puccini’s “Un Bel di” is artfully coalesced with driving synthesizer beats and Middle Eastern refrains.

Sarah's voice is complemented by Nigel Kennedy's touching violin passages and Kadim Al Sahir's strapping vocals on the melancholy and mournful "The War is Over."

In "What You Never Know" and "Free," Sarah delivers intimate renditions, exposing the raw vulnerability that her fans find so endearing and seductive.

Sarah takes on an active writing role in this album and is credited with writing or co-writing the lyrics and/or music to “Harem”, “It’s A Beautiful Day,” “Free,” “The War Is Over Now” and “You Take My Breath Away.” Lyrics that speak of myth and fantasy weave through the album.

On “Voyage” in “Arabian Nights,” she writes:

Wilderness to wilderness
I traveled from afar
On the soft wind of the Nadq
Came the fragrance of Araar

On “Until the End of Time” Sarah's lyrics read:

Around the world in eighty days, we sailed the seven seas
A thousand nights and one, and forty more in fantasy
The prophecy in destiny was falling
Calling… falling… and calling out to me

Lyrically and musically, Harem casts a spell from the very first notes and holds the listener captive till the very end.

taken from sarahbrightman.com