This new Traviata belongs near the top of the fine recorded versions of the opera despite a serious vocal problem in the middle. The great news is in the casting of the two lovers: Rolando Villazon's Alfredo is just about perfect. He sings with handsome, shaded tone, great attention to the text–his anger feels as real as his grief and passion–and absolute freedom throughout the range.
When wild child Anna Lucasta (Kitt) is banished from the family home by her self-righteous father, she falls into a life of prostitution and into the arms of street-wise sailor Danny Johnson (Davis). But after Anna shocks them all by finally finding true love with a well-heeled young suitor, her unforgiving father sets a vengeful plan in motion to remind his daughter of her sordid past and destroy her future forever!
Debut albums simply aren't supposed to be as accomplished and beautifully crafted as Kate & Anna McGarrigle's first record, which is as lovely and superbly realized as folk-rock gets.
Starting with their third album, A Piece of Strange, which dropped in 2006, CunninLynguists began tackling some heavier topics, such as racism, self-hatred, and violence. There was still a light air of wit here and there, but this trio was looking to focus on the more serious side of life, which continued with 2007's Dirty Acres. The fans who loved CunninLynguists' goofier style were quickly appeased, though, with the two Strange Journey mixtape-style albums in 2009. But for their fifth proper album, it appears Kno, Deacon the Villain, and Natti are returning to the serious subject matter. As the album title indicates, Oneirology will deal with the science of dreaming, from the stages of sleep to dreaming disorders and everything in between.