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Monique Angele

Monique Angele

Review by Gary Hill

The vocals are the main thing here. Musically this is mostly piano, but it runs a wide range. There are two stellar tracks and the rest are a bit less impressive. The vocals impress throughout, but the musical style just doesn’t work as well for me on some of the songs.

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Track by Track Review
Poisonous Touch

Drums start things. Piano joins and then the vocals. It’s a soaring kind of number that’s very jazz-like. There is definitely a theatrical element at play, too. The vocals are really powerful. As pretty as this is, it’s also very angry. It gets very powerful as it builds outward.

Eyes
The treatment here is very classical in nature. There is an operatic quality to this piece for sure. It’s pretty and powerful.
Waltz
This bouncy waltz has very operatic vocals. The backdrop is just piano. I’m not a big fan of opera, so this one kind of loses me. If you are into that thing, though, I’m sure it’s great.
Pity

In stark contrast, this piece is powerful. It mixes piano and other classical elements with a more rock based arrangement. The vocals just plain soar. It’s one of the best pieces here, along with the opener.

Touch as a Sign
Another potent cut, the vocals are really strong on this piece. It’s mostly a piano arrangement.
Pity
Although I prefer the studio version, this live take of the earlier cut is quite good.
 
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