Rebecca Nelson: Pure Imagination Review

You’ve probably heard Rebecca Nelson’s sweet soprano adding a touch of class to Trafalgar St’s busker community during the past few months.

Her debut album inhabits the same “classical crossover” territory as fellow Cantabrian Hayley Westenra, though her greater use of vibrato is a nice alternative to Westenra’s somewhat sterile aura.

The selections are kind of familiar – the devotional standards Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus, plus numbers from stage and screen (including two from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) before concluding, Garland-style, with Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

More recent picks include a concise orchestral take on Better Be Home Soon, and Ozzy Osbourne’s Dreamer, full of string-drenched hopes for a better world.

You’ve no doubt heard this kind of thing before, but something as raw and daring as busking scored this young lady a guest spot on a major Irish group’s national tour. You can’t sniff at that kind of talent.

Best tracks: Dreamer, Hushabye Mountain

  • Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.

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