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Lucy Kay – Fantasia album review

The beautiful Lucy Kay shines in her debut album, Fantasia.

Lucy Kay
Credit: Sue Lacey Photography

We recently interviewed Lucy Kay and she told how she wanted her album to focus on being very classical, rather than a classical-crossover, which is what a lot of Britain’s Got Talent finalists have chosen. The songs chosen on the album are songs that Lucy hopes will appeal to a new fan base, songs that perhaps you may have heard before, but not be quite familiar with, perhaps you’ve heard them on an advert or sung in the opening of a sports event. Lucy wants to bring classical music to the masses, for it to be accessible to all and for it to not seem so elitist. The songs chosen for the album are a stunning mix, including songs from Operas by Puccini, Mozart and Bellini, on each song, Lucy sounds outstanding.

Who can forget Lucy Kay’s rousing performance of Nessum Dorma, on Britain’s Got Talent? As a song that is almost always sung by a male, hearing Lucy’s version gave everyone chills. Being the first song on the album is a wise choice and it is now on record, so we can listen to it whenever we choose. The strings on L’Amour Est Un O’iseau Rebelle (Habanera) are stunning and powerful and along with Lucy’s voice, the song dances with passion.

O Mio Babbino Caro and Casta Diva are songs that sound instantly familiar. They are not in English, so it’s not easy to sing along to them, although you may want to unleash your inner diva and give them a go! There are a lot of moments on the album where you can only describe the notes as being full of energy, with Lucy playing with the notes and makes them sounds as if they’re a ball bouncing along with many twists and turns, of which Lucy has complete and full control. Lucy’s vocal control at the end of Va Pinsiero is truly captivating.

Pie Jesu is a popular classical song to sing, which was also made famous by the likes of Charlotte Church (of which Lucy has stated was an early inspiration). Lucy gives the song a truly grown-up sound, with the power behind the song sounding like a very strong and confident woman hitting every note. Nella Fantasia finishes the album off on a high and demonstrates the talent that Lucy has in abundance. Can there be anything more powerful that hearing a talented Soprano giving her all to each song that she is given? We love this album and we love Lucy Kay. Fantasia is truly beautiful. We can’t wait to hear her singing these songs live when she goes on tour early next year.

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