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(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 amazon.com here. This digest concludes with an album worth a cross country or even trans-Atlantic journey; it is a must listen!

 
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