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Constance Hauman's Falling Into Now - The Audiophile Man
Title: Falling Into Now Label: Isotope She may have collaborated with pop luminaries such as Moby but that fact that she performs opera – albeit of the more avant edge – did fill me with trepidation before this CD begun to swing into action. My worry was that her operatic delivery would heave into view like a Spanish galleon on a duck pond, totally dominating and over-riding the songs. Not so. In fact, while her vibrato does have a slight soprano canter, Hauman keeps all of that nonsense under control as she tackles these songs in a sort of symphonic-R&B manner. Human wrote both the lyrics and the music for this piece and you can tell that she is still finding her feet. Yes, the music is big, portentous at times, theatrical certainly (of an almost Bjork-like size) but her lyrics can sometimes be pompous, sanctimonious and lacking in ideas. The prissy Dark Angel is a prime example of this with its pious, self-righteousness which ends up sounding like a pantomime from hell soundtrack. When she clicks, though, she sounds promising. Sorry Eyes is a dead cert winner with its smooth opening. It does struggle at times with a slightly bombastic …