ALBUM REVIEW : BASIA ON BROADWAY
ARTIST : BASIA
GENRE : POP / LATIN/SAMBA
DATE RELEASED : 1995
I think that performing on Broadway was not a brave move on her part but a wise decision as well. Like Mariah Carey, I had doubts then when it comes to her vocal prowess as it is quite multi-layered that I suspected that her vocal performances on her recordings were enhanced with technologies. The Broadway performance not only convinced me but other music fans as well that she indeed has a great voice. This is live recording with 16 of her recordings is indeed a welcome treat not only for her fans but non-fans as well.
One of the best things in this album is the arrangement of songs that is just right and do not break the fun and emotions listeners will have while listening to this record. From “Copernicus” to Drunk in Love,” listeners are in for a wonderful treat of Latin and samba influenced music and then she segued it with “From Now On” which she performed just like you hear it in her first album with only a guitar as a musical accompaniment. Then, she slowly went back to faster musical numbers by rendering “Baby Your Mine” which is just the right song following a nearly melancholic song prior to this.
While “Yearning” is a slow ballad, it is also a nice song to follow after a very sexy number. “Take Him Back Rachel” is already a good song and when you listen to it in record you already have this feeling that this is a good number for a live performance. “New Day For You” was heavy on synthesizers when you heard it first on Time and Tide album and I was very curious how this song would transform if performed live. It was the vocal performance that made this live performance very endearing as it did not deviate from the vocal rendition in the record. “Promises” is another song that I was curious if she can nail it like you what you heard in the recording; yes, she sang it as if you are just listening to the record. The same can be said with “Time and Tide”; she sang it the same way like she did in the record.
The negative thing that you can say about this record is that she ended it with a ballad instead of fast numbers which is rather anti-climatic. However, this is a good live album considering that it proves that her voice is indeed natural and no technological enhancements were done to hear that multi-layered voice. I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it