AN­NEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN

Depth and soft­ness for a clas­sic cat­a­logue.

Prog - - The Musical Box - ILD

In May this year, Dutch vo­cal­ist An­neke van Giersbergen per­formed two spec­tac­u­lar con­certs ac­com­pa­nied by the Res­i­den­tie Ork­est or­ches­tra in The Hague. Hav­ing gained world­wide suc­cess with melodic elec­tronic rock band The Gather­ing, mul­ti­ple col­lab­o­ra­tions with the likes of Devin Townsend, Danny Ca­vanagh from Anath­ema and Ar­jen Lukassen (Ayreon), the mul­ti­fac­eted singer re­turned to her na­tive land. Com­bin­ing ca­reer-span­ning ma­te­rial, the live set list is pleas­ing and well-pitched. While Two Souls, Travel and For­got­ten are a blast from The Gather­ing’s past, Feel Alive stems from her bud­ding solo path in 2012 and Your Glo­ri­ous Light Will Shine – Helsinki from her lat­est prog metal project VUUR. Among the hits, her spell­bind­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion of When I Am Laid In Earth, Dido’s lament in com­poser Henry Pur­cell’s pow­er­ful baroque opera, is a tes­ta­ment to her truly in­cred­i­ble vo­cals and vo­cal range. This is fol­lowed by Zo Lief, a charm­ing un­re­leased Dutch song and a nice touch. An up­lift­ing and per­sonal mu­si­cal pre­sen­ta­tion of stun­ning vo­cals and ta­lent, the or­ches­tral ar­range­ments add depth and soft­ness to An­neke van Giersbergen’s songs.

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