Wow so there’s an interesting CD that was reviewed in the Muso magazine (Hazel Davis). Nice and abrupt start to it: “Let’s jump straight in; most things about this CD suck”. This crossover stuff is of course central to a lot of what the guitar world has. It can be self-indulgent, which is forgivable, but it seems that Rock Diva is not in this category.
So I’ll sum up the article in Muso, which I agree with on all points. This whole idea of the ‘classically trained musician’ generally results in some kind of a reverential reflex being prodded in the nation’s psyche – “Being Classically Trained means you must be good at it – whatever ‘it’ is – and we certainly don’t pay the same sort of respect to those who’ve slogged for years over a bass guitar.” What’s gone wrong with Elysium III (what kind of a name is that?) is that in singing Life on Mars and You’re the Voice etc etc etc, they have not only made the classical world pop an aspirin and go for a nap, but the Rockers too. I’m not sure if even a calculated attempt at getting both worlds to heartily not want you could have been more successful than this one.
In essence: “Anyone who has to call their album Rock Diva probably isn’t one. Secondly, nobody is allowed to cover Bowie’s Life on Mars. Not even good people have covered Life on Mars. Because…you just don’t.”
And if you thought their last album was any better:
Excuse me while I grab a bucket.