|Light of Refinement|
|Language of the Soul|
|Spiritual Beings on a Human Journey|
|Spiritual Beings on a Human...|
Midwest Record Recap - Chris Spector
The Best Female Musicians - Dennis Halsey
Pro Critic Radio- Chris K.
Visions Magazine - Steven Hewitt
Bradfield, Anael's partner continues to write exceptional songs for her to sing. The lyrics for his tracks are "to help raise the collective consciousness so that mankind might fullfill its true destiny and along the way, peace and prosperity among all nations." Utilizing the teachings of the Pleiadians his songs speak to the listener of life, love and forgiveness.
Comparable to such female vocalists as Enya, Sarah Brightman, Clannad's Maire Brennan and Miriam Stockley (listen to Anael's "Etre Sans Age"), Anael does possess her own unique sound and "careful listening reveals that aside from all sharing truly heavenly vocal chords and the ability to transport us with their music, only Anael seems interested in challenging us with mind-expanding lyrical themes."
My favorites on this ten track CD are "Till The Womb Gives Birth", "The Dawn Of An Age", "Ledodi", "Who You Are", "Trace", and my personal choice for the two best tracks "Etre Sans Age (You Belong)" and "They'll Come To Take You Home".
SorelTracy.com - Jean Doyon
Difficile à classer, mais je dirais que cette musique-détente est d'un style Soft-Pop-Folk avec beaucoup d'arrangements classiques et un soupçon de Celtique. Entre Enya par moment et des intonations de Sarah Brightman, un style de voix avec « filet », appelé aussi « Étherique », très sensuel, soutenu comme le faisait "Sade" à une certaine époque, mais il est indéniable que ce CD est pour les amateurs de voix. Le fil conducteur de Anael est sans contredis ses accompagnements en bi et en tri tonique, exploit d'ailleurs réalisé par la chanteuse elle-même. Ces lignes vocales sont spéciales et d'une justesse impressionnante.
Chanteuse de grande spiritualité, Anael vibre avec toute l’énergie de l’amour : “…d’aider à élever la conscience collective pour que l’humanité puisse accomplir sa destinée, entraînant dans son sillage la paix et la prospérité.” Elle croit que nous pouvons tous puiser dans cette énergie universelle, même en ces temps difficiles.
Native de Jonquière, au Québec, Anael s'intéresse à la musique dès son adolescence et participe à de nombreux concours. Après quelques apparitions à la radio et à la télévision locale, elle finit par mettre la musique de côté pendant un certain temps, jusqu'à ce qu'elle rencontre un compositeur du nom de Bradfield en 1993. Bradfied va finalement aider Anael à réaliser son premier album "Light of Refinement" en 1997 qui obtient de bonnes critiques et donne le coup d'envoi pour un 2e, l'année suivante, "Unconditional" paru en 1998. Jusque-là, tous les titres sont en langues étrangères soit, Anglais, latin et même en Hébreux ( comme source ), mais en 2000 avec l'album "Language of the Soul", apparaît la première pièce d'Anael en français, « Hymne à la Paix »
Sur ce 4e album, "Spiritual Beings on a Human Journey", vient une autre pièce en français « Être sans âge ». Enregistré au studio Clarity à Montréal et distribué par la maison de disque Apsis Music, ce disque est totalement produit, réalisé par Bradfield, qui a d'ailleurs écrit paroles et musiques. Lorsque Anael ne fait pas de musique, elle pratique la médecine homéopathique. Anael et son partenaire Bradfield, ont tous deux été invité à enregistrer une chanson d'une série dramatique télévisée coréenne “Sang Do.” À Séoul, ils ont également collaboré à la version anglaise intitulée “This Heart of Mine,” qui fut entendue par cinq millions de téléspectateurs chaque semaine pendant toute la saison.
Je vous invite à écouter la pièce #10 « Sky Sent (Disclosure) », qui est l'œuvre de ce CD, ainsi que la #8 « Être Sans Âge ».
Creations Magazine - Christina Lord
Allo Vedettes - Luc Denoncourt
Progrès Dimanche - Johanne de la Sabonniere
Avec ce quatrième album, "Spiritual Beings on a Human Journey", la chanteuse originaire du Saguenay/Lac Saint-Jean poursuit sa course autour du monde. Ses convictions profon-des envers l'humanité continuent d'animer sa démarche de chanteuse interplanétaire.
De Jonquière à Séoul, la jeune femme blonde interprète des chansons sur la paix universelle, d'une voix de soprano très délicate. Souvent cataloguées dans le style nouvel âge, Anael affirme que les pièces écrites par son par-tenaire, le poète Bradfield, vont plus loin. "Ce n'est pas véritablement du nouvel âge. Ce qu'on fait n'est pas uniquement instrumental. Je dirais plutôt que notre musique est très spirituelle", énonce la chanteuse, qui ajoute que son partenaire sait parfaitement lui écrire des textes qui lui ressem-blent. "Je suis son principal instrument"
Dénonçant les valeurs artificielles qui animent le monde moderne, Anael se dit persuadée que le potentiel humain peut se réaliser en passant par la responsabilisation de chaque être. Selon elle, il existe une vague mondiale de gens qui puisent une énergie nouvelle dans la musique spirituelle. "Les vibra-tions musicales sont relaxantes et elles ont un effet apaisant. À l'époque où l'on vit, les gens en ont grand besoin", réitère-t-elle. "En Europe, en Russie, en Italie, au Brésil (où elle est allée chanter), un véritable réseau se concrétise. On n'entend jamais parler de ça aux nouvelles, mais il n'y a pas que de mauvaises choses sur la terre. "
Grande voyageuse, homéopathe, amante de l'inexpliqué et de l'invisible, la chanteuse qui a un jour quitté Jonquière pour Québec, puis Montréal a rencontré Bradfield et le couple a fondé sa propre compagnie, Apsis Music. La clientèle pour ce style de musique étant éparpillée à travers le monde, elle a enregistré en Corée la chanson thème de la série dramatique "Sang do", et est finaliste au 4e concours annuel des prix NAV (catégorie vocale) pour son troisième album, Language of the Soul. Elle a aussi interprété deux chansons pour un film coréen (Calla) en 1999.
Anaél se souvient que ce don pour apaiser et soigner les gens remontent à loin. Toute petite, alors qu'elle vivait à Jonquière (elle est la fille de Léo Trem-blay qui a incarné pendant des années Jean Narrache), elle avait profité de l'absence de ses parents partis en voyage pour adopter... neuf petits animaux. "J'étais la Dr Dolittle du coin", évoque t'elle en riant. Je me suis toujours intéressée à la vie, aux plantes, et à la santé des gens", termine la jeune femme qui vit maintenant à Montreal.
Journal de Québec Serge Drouin
Quoi qu'il en soit, Anael avoue que, par sa musique et ses chansons, son but est " d'élever le niveau de conscience des gens sur ce qui les entoure. On dit souvent que nous sommes des hu-mains à la recher-che de spiritualité alors qu'en fait, la réalité est à l'opposée", dit Anael. La chanteuse interprète ses pièces en différentes langues. "Lémotion passe dans n'importe quelle langue", ajoute t'elle. La chanteuse se défend de faire de la musique nouvel âge. "C'est un terme qui a été trop galvaudé. Dans mon cas, je parle plutôt de musique spirituelle, affirme t'elle. Nous avons mis un an de travail sur ce disque. C'est le plus élaboré sur le plan spirituel. Nous sommes allés plus loin sur 1e plan sonore. Le violoncelle a apporté plus de chaleur, la guitare plus de légèreté. Le tout donne un environnement acoustique."
Au cours des prochains jours, Anael poursuivra la promotion de son disque. Elle travaillera aussi sur l'enregistrement d'un vidéoclip. Des spectacles pourraient se mettre en branle à l'automne. "C'est par le circuit de petites boutiques que j'irai rencontrer les gens", termine celle dont les chansons ne tournerons pas nécessaire ment dans les grands réseaux radiophoniques.
|Language of the Soul|
Omega - Robert Walmsley
The Minnesota Phoenix - Audrey DeLaMartre
Each unique musical number on this new CD, the third by this pair, is freshly composed, arranged and played by Bradfield on a variety of string, keyboard, electronic. and wind instruments, and set to his poetry or to ancient texts. Chir Haschirim, for example, takes its text from the Old Testament's Song of Songs and is haunting, while Kindred Light is very contemporary; and Crastina Die takes its text from the Roman Catholic liturgy and is fresh and charmingly impudent at times.
The music from this Canadian pair has never been more grounded or more gossamer. It imparts the sense that music, Iyrics, and voice all emanate from the same Source and can't be separated from it any more than a flower's fragrance can exist without the flower. The fact that Iyrics are mixed and woven in several strands, in varying colors, and in five languages: French, English, Hebrew, Latin, and Italian- and then unified within the sixth language of music, affirms the fountainhead. Each piece is my favorite, until the next one begins. Such quality can be sustained because it rises from minds and hearts of faith, strength, and talent, but most of all, powerful love.
I have lived with this music since last September and found that somehow it renews itself between sessions of listening so that each session is fresh, a quality I have found only in some of the oldest classical music. It is a rare privilege to hear such quality today."
New Age Voice - Atlanta, GA
Backroads - Lloyd Barde
The New Times - Seattle, WA - David A. Young
The essence of the album is crystallized in "The Tower of Babel," which tells the familiar story while interspersing it with Hebrew prayers, adding a surprise twist at the end: was the Tower actually a spaceship? Anael has always specialized in a multilingual approach, proving time and again that it is the spirit and the context of the words and the finished product in general that allows her music to touch me at my very center. She reaches me in sublime and singular ways, whether I "understand" the words or not, because she is singing, as the lyrics of "In the Key of Wisdom" suggest, songs of life and light in the key of otherworldly truths.
Language of the Soul has all the warmth and immediacy of a lullaby, but its music for awakening in every sense of the word not music for going to sleep. With each album, Anael and partner Bradfield become more technically accomplished and commercially viable, but, unlike others of which this has been true, they use their growth as a way to go ever more deeply into the spirit that drives their work, topping themselves every time. This soundtrack to the evolution of a soul is that rare adult contemporary album that begs for more volume, not less.
It's also a compelling touchstone in the evolution of Anaels artistry. If you enjoy Language of the Soul, our album of the month, you owe it to yourself to check out her Light of Refinement and Unconditional CDs, too. All of them offer remarkable opportunities to use the ears as a means of bypassing the intellect, thus offering a direct and satisfying route to the heart."
NAPRA ReView - Peggy Randall
Wind and Wire - Bill Binkelman
Opening with the gentle ballad "Come Raggio di Soleil," the album's strengths are revealed right away: superb instrumental composition which mix keyboards and other instruments by Bradfield are married to an almost literally angelic vocal from Anael. On this particular song, the Latin lyrics meld perfectly with the flowing melody, rivaling the best that Enya has produced, in my opinion. "Lingering Stratus," the next song, is more of a "song" than most of Enya's material. It almost approaches pop sensibility at times and also features the "Enigma-esque" touch of Gregorian chanting, albeit used very sparingly. However, the rhythms are not sultry but more mainstream and accessible. What struck me by the second song on this CD was the extremely high production quality and the instrumental proficiency of Bradfield, who is credited with composing and performing all the music on Language of the Soul. No literal instrument credit is listed so I don't know how much is keyboards and how much is other instruments. But if it is mostly synthesized, it's high quality stuff.
If you're opposed to anything that has even a slight "new age" feel to it, you may not like this recording, although I believe the spirituality is completely sincere and heartfelt. However, even allowing for this comment, the music and singing on the CD is such great listening that, even if the lyrics are somewhat more spiritual than the norm (with song titles like "Who Made Thee Flesh" you'll see what I mean), I found myself captivated by Anael's truly angel-like voice while I was equally impressed by the professional and accomplished compositional skills of Bradfield.
Normally I don't enjoy vocal albums as much as I found myself doing with Language of the Soul. While I can't (and never do, as a rule) comment on lyrical content quality (who am I to judge lyrics, after all), I can state that the CD is highly listenable and very rewarding from an emotional standpoint. The music itself is not "light" but the experience of listening to it is quite positive and affirming. Part of this is, no doubt, owing to Anael's voice. The other part of this is Bradfield's catchy yet never sugary or overly pop songs. There is more than enough "going on" in these compositions to hold the attention of the more jaded music fan. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that Language of the Soul is a lot more interesting (and in my opinion, just flat out better) than the last two Enya releases. While not as lush or "ethereal," the blend of instruments with Anael's voice is much more balanced and "human."
So, I can recommend this CD on a variety of levels. It's a great vocal release for fans of the genre. Anael's voice is crystalline pure and beautiful to hear. In addition, the music is varied yet always with a leaning to accessible melody without descending into pure pop formula, either. The electronic keys on the album are first rate; this recording flat out sounds great. The only caveat I can issue is that the lyrics (those that are in English) are sometimes unabashedly spiritual in essence. Not "new agey" (no crystals or pyramids here), but rooted in traditional Western religions instead. So, if you're an atheist, consider yourself forewarned. However, even a solid agnostic like yours truly found himself enchanted with Anael's singing and the gentle strains of the music. Frankly, I was surprised at my own reaction. But after more than five listenings, I realized that I couldn't foist my bias on this review. Language of the Soul is a very solid vocal and instrumental recording. As I stated in the beginning, I think Enya fans will be missing the boat of they pass this one up.
Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Times 10.org - Editorial
Anael is the female lead singer who puts her heart into every word. She works well with Bradfield who works with her in composition of words and music. In an interview with them, Bradfield stated, "We aspire to dissolve linguistic, religious and cultural barriers that have enchained us as long as we can remember." To give you an example of what he is talking about, listen to the words of Listen to Your Heart." It holds the truth and is the spark, lighting a union with the stars" ten thousand candles in the dark." Anael is truly a believer in music as a means of communication and she says "My goal in life is to materialize Peace on Earth and our albums are my little drop of water in the Ocean of Life." You can hear that in her voice on every song although the one that got me to listen over and over again was Ask Me Like a Song. The lyrics, music and voice harmonize into one message, "Sweet and gently rhyming, with heart and words aligning as one, if you'd only ask me as a song, truth would seem closer"
There is a hint of Enya in their music, although once you have listened, you will notice that they go much further in composition and voice. As Bradfield stated in the interview, "the most interesting things happening in our world at the moment are of a transcendental nature, the unexplained, our spiritual quests..."
In a recent article, the writer wrote the following, "Through her music and lyrics, Anael aspires to raise global consciousness and promote the concept of caring more for others than for ourselves. She believes that when we can all apply this, no one will lack for anything. Even in times of hardship, Anael has truly lived and breathed this philosophy. She cannot bear, or even tolerate, injustice and will fight vigorously to resolve it. Truly a breath of fresh air in these tumultuous times." Bradfield has a way with words and states quite simply with a special uniqueness, "Apparently when Princess Diana left us, there was such a simultaneous outpouring of love that we shifted an energy pattern that had been in place since the dawn of humanity. We are now upon a new path. We have learned from past errors. We are knocking at the gate..."
Find out for yourself just how lush and wonderful the music is to the tuned ear. You will find truth in the lyrics and the voice. "I've found it in the stars and the sun in a forest that is magically one"
Serge Kozlovsky - Belarus Journalist
What can be said about this album? Her third solo album is her masterpiece. Definitely a step forward, it reveals a new side of of the diamond that is Anael's music. It is also a beautiful exploration of aesthetics, each aspect a perfect example: Anael's performance, the refined arrangements by Bradfield, the beautiful cover. Linguistically, Anael presents the songs using 5 languages: Hebrew, Italian, Latin, French and English.
We should also consider the texts of the songs. They are an organic part of the art of Anael and Bradfield. The original lyrical poetry of Bradfield is interwoven with various other sources; in Crastina Die, the words are taken from the Catholic Liturgy, in Chir Haschirim; the Hebrew poetry originates from the Song of Songs by Solomon and in The Tower Of Babel, there is a clever mix, with the story of the creation and destruction of the Tower of Babylon mixed with Hebrew prayers and chants. Each of the original texts by Bradfield would seem to be in harmony with a common theme, they are all deeply spiritual. In Lingering Stratus, Anael calls us to return to the Kingdom of God, in A Kindred Light, she inspires our hearts. The strongest, overflowing with energy but at the same time deeply touching is certainly the initial composition Come Raggio di Soleil (words by Antonio Caldara, adapted and reworked by Bradfield).
As a whole, all of Anael's vocals and music constitute an organic unity, where no part can be separated. Language of the Soul honors this same approach. Anael's singing has something in common with Enya, but Anael doesn't repeat Enya, she penetrates deeper into both our feelings and the mystical world of exalted dreams. And she does it in her own way, remaining earthly, real and tangible. It is this combination of Anael's belonging here with her heavenly spirit that create a special mood, a very individual music, an inexpressible melody of soul.
One simply has to listen this music, to plunge into it, to be one with it. A subsequent return into our ordinary but yet quite different world finds us able to appreciate other beauty, each of which Anael has helped us to feel more profoundly.
New Age Voice, Atlanta, GA - Carl McColman
Celestial Voices - England - Graham Lubin
From the opening track Sanctus, adapted from the Roman catholic liturgy, you are invited to personally audition Anael's world of beauty, peace, transformation and redemption. It feels very direct and very intimate almost as if she is singng for you and you alone, inviting you to join her for an hour in sharing her wisdom and tranquility. When that hour is over, your heart will continue to take with it Anael's message and vision.
The compositions of Bradfield manage to provide a medium in which the vocals of Anael can work their magic; growing, teaching, and transcending musical plains. Although this CD will sit well in the collections of lovers of Marcome and perhaps Enya, it is a singularly beautiful and mesmerizing album that occupies a genre all of its own. Unconditional is a sumptuously textured work that deserves to be appreciated by more than just established fans.
Serge Kozlovsky - Minsk, Belarus
Unconditional could well be called the continuation of Anael's debut album Light Of Refinement, but these two albums are similar mainly by the sincerity and opened heartedness of their rendering. The arrangements by Bradfield are elegant and made with great love and delicacy. In general, great love is felt in everything on this album, from the performances to very aesthetic design. I also need to say that Unconditional does not repeat Light Of Refinement, it simply continues the journey. Anael and Bradfield grow and evolve in their creative work, and their compositions become more developed, the sound more rich and textured. But at the same time, the clear spirit and delicate touch so prevalent on Light Of Refinement is preserved here.
Anael's voice hovers weightlessly around us, sparkling with rainbow colors that evoke a beautiful, fresh spring day. And, as if being carried on the wings of a giant butterfly, we soar and float with her through the air over the awakening land.
The News Times - Seattle, WA - David A. Young
What's not to love? The lyrics are mature and thought provoking, the melodies haunting, and the lushly layered arrangements remain comfortable while all the while staying delightfully outside the realm of the predictable. Composer/producer/instrumentalist Bradfield has come into his own on this album, leaving his stamp on the finished product in a now-recognizable style that reminds me at times of the most sublime work of Van Dyke Parks or Angelo Badelementi.
The fragile beauty of Anael's vocals wafts over the orchestration, inviting the listener to become part of the world of wisdom and power mapped out in the musical landscape. She exhibits the combination of strength and vulnerability that has been the hallmark of all my favorite singers, embracing subtelty of expression and eschewing histrionics. The sensitivity of her phrasing perfectly mirrors the heartfelt (and heart-expanding) libretto.
The fact is that it's difficult to pick a favorite, especially because the disc plays best as a song cycle, no single piece of it as meaningful or rewarding as the whole. If ever I wished that I could offer a money-back guarantee with a review, it's with Unconditional. It's more than the album of the month; it's everything I like about music. Catch a rising star. Pick up a copy and see for yourself how good it can get."
New Age Retailer - Bellingham, WA - Steve Ryals
Unconditional is vocal-based New Age music at its most inspirational. Bradfield's lyrics speak to the very heart of the living spirit deep inside each of us. Bradfield is also an outstanding piano and keyboard artist. He creates lushly orchestrated tapestries with exotic percussion and fretless bass rounding out the mix. Synthesized strings, flute and more all serve to enhance the melodies and Anael's angelic vocals. The production values and arrangements are superb, particularly for a small, independent label.
Favorites include the achingly pure "Come Again, I Believe," with a delicate piano lead supporting Anael's heavenly singing about inner guides bringing us hope and healing. Another favorite is the extraordinary title track, an anthem extolling the greatest love there is. For fans of inspiring New Age vocal music at its best, Unconditional is sure to please."
NAPRA ReVIEW - Eastsound, WA - Bette Timm
The Phoenix - Minnesota, MN - Audrey DeLaMartre
"Omega Directory - Tuscon, AZ - Robert Walmsley
RPM Weekly - Toronto, ON - Walt Grealis
Vie & Lumière - Québec, PQ - Marie-Josée Turcotte
|Light of Refinement|
|The New Times - Seattle, WA - David A. Young
"Unlike most of the other breathy sopranos making comparable music, Anael is able, both in her lyrics and her delivery, to wrap some very powerful emotional impact in some very subtle musical packaging. There is everything grand and lush here, and nothing pretentious: Upon A Restless Night is a special treat for its understated orchestration. Light of Refinement is clearly the music of someone doing her soul work, and listening to it makes doing ours easier and a little more beautiful. To me, this music sounds like a spider's web, with just a bit of dew on it, looks: both fragile and strong; deceptively simple and yet underpinned with the complexity and mystery of life itself."
Omega Directory - Phoenix, AZ - Robert Walmsley
Point of Light - Murrysville, PA - Sven Hosford
NAPRA ReVIEW - Sandra Marshall
Branches - Indianapolis, IN - Chris Carlson
The Phoenix - Minneapolis, MN - Audrey DeLaMartre
New Age Retailer - Steve "Edge" Ryals
RPM Weekly - Toronto, ON - Walt Grealis
NAPRA ReView - Music Scene, Bette Timm
Creations - Sea Cliff, NY - Christina Lord
The Shifting Times - Massilon, OH - Bo Wise
Paroles et Musique - Montréal, PQ - Jacques Garcia
Progression - Lowell, MA - John Collinge
Vie & Lumière - Québec, PQ - Marie-Josée Turcotte
New Age Voice (NAV) - Dan Liss
New Texas Magazine - Austin, TX - Lynne Thompson