(12 October 2001) The latest album from viruouso
Vanessa Mae is entitled Subject To Change
(EMI Music (UK), 2001). A two-track single of Mae's
unique rendition of "White Bird" with the album and an
alternative mix has been released. Twelve tracks adorn
the compact disc and unlike the artist's earlier pop
and classical releases, this one is full of vocal elements;
and they work very well. Both lead and choral sections are
highly inspired, well produced and polished to an absolute
shine.Vanessa Mae sings in three different languages; her soft
whispy voice just adds to the ambience of the music on the
stunning "White Bird" as well as on "Love is Only A Game" and
"Jamais." World sounds once again enter the mix but the
production is highly accessible and will certainly have
even broader appeal than the artist's former projects.
The album grows on the listener with repeated listens.
Reviewer Georgina Collins writes, "Vanessa Mae has always
described her music as techno-acoustic fusion but Subject to
Change explores further than ever before into the techno (or
rather not acoustic) aspects of her work. The album finds her
teaming up with Killing Joke bass player turned prolific dance
producer Youth, her virtuoso playing takes very much a back seat
to his sweeping synthesisers and imposing drum machines."
She continues, "... there are plenty of tracks which highlight
her skill and the violin-led melodies are as beautiful as they
are intricate as on the flamenco tune, "Laughing Buddha". The
opening piece "Yantra" is not indicative of the rest of the
album. It has a poppy-trance intro which could be mistaken for
ATB that would have been quite exciting once upon a time but now
sounds a little dated. The production is very slick and has a
feel that Mae is getting closer to the sound she is looking
for but with patches of tired ideas subduing the innovative
moments, Subject to Change has a way to go yet."
The latest album from Vanessa Mae is one to be explored at
length and savored by the educated listener. The artist is
certainly finding her stride.
Read further information at
her website; order
the album, listen to soundbites and read further reviews at
here. This digest concludes with an album worth a cross
country or even trans-Atlantic journey; it is a must