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ARTIST: YANNI

ALBUM: VOICES (Disney Pearl)

Yanni's orchestral compositions had the "popera" crowd eating from his hand long before the genre had a name, so his first album of vocal-driven pop songs would make bank even if the project wasn't as good as it is. But "Voices" is one of the better adult records around. Its exotic flourishes are authentic, given the musician's Greek heritage and seasoned world view: The desert dance numbers "Our Days" and "Ritual De Amor (Desire)" get the blood pumping, and the bright chimes of "Orchid" salute the Far East. Titles like "Kill Me With Your Love" and "Set Me Free" may sound trite, but that's overridden by their seductive singing and fresh pop appeal. The album falters only when the vocals are overdubbed to previously released orchestra tracks like "Omaggio (Tribute)" and "Amare Di Nuovo (Adagio C Minor)." Those flaws aren't enough to mar enjoyment of the album, and other such attempts, like "Mi Todo Eres Tu (Until the Last Moment)," fare better.
 
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