February 1, 2006

Diamanda Galas – La Serpenta Canta

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 10:05 pm

Diamanda Galas - La Serpenta Canta
La Serpenta Canta is a double CD collection of blues songs in Diamanda Galas’ dark interpretation recorded live in 2001-2002 all over the world. (Portugal, New York, Belgium, Canada, Australia..)

Majority of the songs are either traditionals or written by a famous blues names such as John Lee Hooker, Hank Williams or David Hill.
The quality of her interpretations is mind blowing; each song from Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” to Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” and John Lee Hookers “Burning Hell” sounds like it was designed to her voice.
There is also a version on “Baby’s Insane” track which first appeared on her collaboration with John Paul Jones (ex Led Zeppelin), The Sporting Life 1994.

Diamanda’s versions are shaved to a grand piano with loads of effects and Diamanda’s unmistakable fantastic powerful voice (vocal range 3.5octaves!)

Her versions are absolutely unique. Very dark and scary with Diamanda’s choice of topic to be despair and redemption. All the songs are about hurting and with each bar of music she shreds you into pieces.

I was honoured to see Diamanda Galas live in Sydney in 2005 (Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! performance) and tell you the truth, I’ve never seen such an powerful performance. The way she plays the piano and how she controls her voice, is just absolutely breath taking. It was also very interesting to see how Diamanda and her sound engineer Blaise Dupuy manipulate the sound by using different effects and delay units on piano and vocals. Unbelievable. I’ve never heard such a strange sounding piano before, very original.

To my opinion Diamanda Galas is one of the most unique artist/musicians of our time. Genius.

Rating: SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne

1 Comment »

  1. This woman is not human! But Good.

    Comment by Ben — February 21, 2006 @ 12:32 am

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