- Audio CD (18 January 2010)
- Language: English, English
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Universal Music
- ASIN: B001RJ1XV8
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Limited two disc (CD/DVD) edition of the New Age artist's 2009 album including a bonus DVD that contains behind-the-scenes footage on the making of the album plus tour highlights. World renowned, Grammyr-nominated pianist composer and producer, Yanni makes a triumphant return with the 2009 album Voices. For the first time ever, new vocal sensations Nathan Pacheco, Leslie Mills, Ender Thomas and Chloe lend their voices and lyrics to Yanni's beloved classics and new songs. Also available: the Spanish-language Voces.
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I rated his three previous concerts all five-stars, and I'd rate them "10," if I could. They've been watched manytimes by me. I'm used to hearing nothing but his fabulous instrumentals with a full orchestra with some of the most talented musicians on earth! So......hearing and watching four vocalists, with nothing much new added instrumentally, was somewhat of a bummer. Despite the talent, I don't think this works. Layering voices over his great instrumental classics is like pouring water into an expensive drink - it dilutes the product.
Yanni says these "kids" have rejuvenated him, given him a new life.....but I hope he doesn't abandon his writing and his great orchestral numbers. That would be a huge loss to the music world.
Having said all of the above, the four artists he features here are, naturally, very talented and the show is wonderfully-filmed, as always. There are two males - Nathan Pacheco and Ender Thomas - and two females - Choloe Lowery and Leslie Mills. In a nutshell, Pacheo is a Andrea Bocelli-type with a superb voice and subdued manner while Thomas is a Michael Bolton lookalike and a singer who moves a lot. He gets the girls in the audience going. He frequently pairs up with Chole, who also is a combination singer-dancer. Chole is the real dancer of the foursome, with the legs to prove it. She's the most dynamic of the four singers. Mills is more laid-back like Pacheco.
All four singers are great singers and great-looking, something Yanni seems to like! Speaking of looks, it's a shock to see Yanni with short hair and no mustache! Yes, Yanni now looks the average guy on the street. Who would believe it?! No, he's not clean cut; he looks like he hasn't shaved in five days.....but it's a radical change from his traditional look over the years. Then again, so is this concert.
I realize that, at some point, it becomes a real challenge for a talent such as Yanni, to compose new music. Much like a great novelist as W. E. B. Griffin to write a new story.
"Yanni LIVE! The Concert Event" (performed at the Mandalay Bay Resort, in 2006), was the first divergence from the known style and sound of Yanni. In one of the tracks (the latter part of "Storm," track #10), there is an unmistakenable similarity in style to "bond." Tho, their unique style predates Yanni's 2006 performance. To me, it appears that he was influenced by their sound and style. There were several tracks from this recording which I added to my music library. The change in style was not as severe as it could have been. Yanni's unmistakeable stamp on his music- was still appearant, and enjoyable.
Conversely, there were fewer tracks in "Voices" which I actually enjoyed. I am one who is not overly crazy about "vocals." Tracks 6, 10 and 16 were the only ones I added to my Library. It becomes a case of biting the bullet and listening to his NEW music, and deciding if his new music is "better," "equal to," or "not as good as" his previous compositions and accomplishments.
Maybe his new style will talk to you, and you'll enjoy it. But for me, "Yanni Voices" did not have the same appeal as his earlier music.