Diamanda Galás The Singer
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- Released: April 7, 1992
- Label: Mute U.S.
Rolling Stone - 6/25/92, p.443 Stars - Good - "...she summons up a sound that is stripped down and a fury that is razor sharp...Each song on THE SINGER is transformed into a howl, a shriek, a rant against life, death, nature, the history of music and the will of God..."
Q - 5/92, p.743 Stars - Good - "...Galas has honed right down to a vocal and piano starkness for a set of blues and gospel classics interpreted in her own unparalelled manner...masterfully gloom laden..."
- 1.My Love Will Never Die
- 2.Reap What You Sow
- 3.Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
- 4.Gloomy Sunday
- 5.Balm In Gilead / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
- 6.Insane Asylum
- 7.I Put a Spell on You
- 8.Let My People Go
- 9.See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
- 10.Judgement Day
Solo performer: Diamanda Galas (vocals, Steinway piano, Hammond organ).
Producers: Eric Liljestrand, Diamanda Galas.
Recorded at Sorcerer Sound, New York.
On this well-chosen set, the avant-garde singer and performance artist Diamanda Galas turns her unique vocal talents to interpreting a variety of R&B, pop, and gospel classics, with only her self-accompaniment on piano as musical backing. Her version of Screaming Jay Hawkins's "I Put a Spell on You" takes the song into even spookier, more arcane territory, while her reading of "Gloomy Sunday," the dark ballad popularized by Billie Holiday, delivers the song's unremitting despondency with an almost supernatural intensity. Songs like Willie Dixon's "Insane Asylum," the classic spiritual "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" and "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" are all ideal material for Galas's sonically adventurous voice, which alternately resembles an avenging angel, a screaming banshee from hell, and, on "Judgment Day," the album's astonishing finale, a demented opera diva.
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