"First of all, for anyone reading this, please let me be up front. I am basically a retired, 63-year-old guy, with lots of experience associated with USN and USAA and absolutely none, zip, zero, zilch formal skills or training in music, I just know what I like. I also have no connection to these outstanding young ladies. So, the following is my one-person opinion.
Received the CD yesterday and waited until I could play it loud in my apartment to listen to all I wanted to hear. I still use a 1980’s vintage high end Carver receiver, with separate a pre-amp and amp, and run through same vintage Affinity concert quality tower speakers. Stuff from long before electronics took over re-managing music. (IMHO)
The CD is superbly produced. Very clear and crisp, smooth transitions throughout, no electronic trickery of any kind that I could detect. These are simply their very well recorded and produced honest voices. The overall production is good. It’s a first album and obviously doesn’t have a $MM budget for inserts and such. What is does provide is a very honest and straightforward self-assessment by these young ladies of themselves and their dreams. I DO recognize the huge personal effort they have made in physical labor.
I listened straight through and found the selections well suited to demonstrate the various voices and to provide insight into their strengths. I might suggest listening to the last cut first to set you mentally for all they can do.
Track one provides a great illustration of each lady’s strength and her individual strong point. Agne has tremendous range, generally an operatic sound, with exceptional coverage at the high ranges. Anastasia is very clearly made for fuller musical styles and has the capability to deliver. Josh Groban [who Anastasia sang with when she was 14] is not going to forget her!
I should confess a bias to be fair, I am personally most drawn to Tatiana’s voice. I enjoy a very wide range of music, but prefer good Pop/Country, not the twangy stuff. Track 4 is wonderful in demonstrating country, pop and still illustrate her depth of range. I would encourage her to try some very new stuff and see how it goes.
If you are familiar with current Celtic and Old Anglican style prayer music, tracks 3, 5 and 6 are phenomenal. Agne’s Carrickfergus could stand up to anything to anything by 'Celtic Woman'.
As mentioned, the closing Broadway Medley is an exceptional comparative presentation of their individual and combined sounds. These young women are a true treasure. I am happy I found them."
- Evan Roberts
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