Album Review: Diabolene by Kathy Haggerty

Album Name: Diabolene
Artist: Kathy Haggerty
Year/Label: 2002 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Kathy Haggerty’s music is sensitive yet fierce. The first song on her cd “Diabolene” is a good example, mixing restrained piano with a tale of a devilish girl.

Elsewhere she treats us to tales of a “Miss Allure” and author Ayn Rand. These songs make for interesting listening and there.s more than a hint of a Tori Amos influence, but it.s used in a subtle way.

The saddest and most beautiful song is “Blue Boy”.

“Heaven has a Face” is more uptempo and strays into Sarah McLachlan territory.

Haggerty’s voice is lovely and here she uses it effectively. All in all this is a very nice album.

Posted on September 21, 2002

Track Listing
Listen to track samples

1. Prelude
2. Diabolene
3. Miss Allure
4. Heaven Has A Face
5. The Ballad of Ayn Rand
6. Smile
7. The Longing
8. Ode To Asia
9. Neptoid
10. Blue Boy
11. Ballon D’Amour
12. Fickle
13. Suits
14. Stare

[Kathy Haggerty Official Site]



Rating: 2 Stars
Comment: In a word, formulaic. She’s trying far too hard to sound like Enya, but without the playfulness or the feminine softness. The end product is resentful and utterly pretentious. She seems to know that she’s been gifted with a nice voice, but being devoid of passion to use it, she instead ends up focusing on rigorously going through the motions she identified in Enya’s music and comes off hating the listener. I gave it two stars instead of one because a gay friend thinks it could still provide humorous material for drag divas.
by Jin on Thursday, May 26, 2005

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