ARTIST OVERALL RATINGS
Elizabeth Marvelly is a young soprano from New Zealand and recorded her pretty (even if a little average) self-titled debut at just seventeen. Four years on and a second album later, Marvelly has blossomed into a real artist. Many will like some of her first album cover choices, such as 'Love Can Build A Bridge' and Faith Hill's 'There You'll Be' but her stronger album is Home, with not only a beautiful growing voice but with a more solid sense of determination and patriotic pride. Although it can be trying to hear countless Welsh crossover artists sing 'Myfanwy' we can safely celebrate the rare Kiwi; the traditional Maori songs are refreshing in style and scope. Marvelly introduces 'E Papa' and the exceptional 'Tarakihi' to the classical crossover vault, along with Maori twists on the standards 'Amazing Grace' and 'How Great Thou Art'. Marvelly doesn't have the most powerful of voices, but it's exceptionally sweet and pure and she utilises it in mild pop covers, standards and her own compositions. The most vital thing about checking out Elizabeth Marvelly is lending an ear to 'Tarakihi' - a Maori song so brilliant and one she does so well that it's stamped on both of her albums.
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Becky Jane Taylor