All Angels: 'Angels' Released on Monday, December 18 2006
By Miriam Zendle, Music Reporter
All Angels are a classical girlgroup, and as such, it's pretty much a necessity that they have great voices with wide ranges. Their new single, released in conjunction with the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, certainly shows that off, but at the same time, makes a travesty of one of the most popular songs of the past decade.
The girls' Enya-esque version of the Robbie Williams hit 'Angels' is nothing less than well-sung, but the decision to add the echo to their voices, swinging the song from being truly emotional and heartfelt to a rather depressingly cheesy and numbing sentiment instead. For a classical girlgroup, too, it seems a rather strange choice to have picked, but it seems much more likely to hit number one than if they had released a bit of Faure or Vivaldi as their song of choice!
'Angels' is a pretty version of the original, but it simply can't match up emotionally, and though the girls sound great, the overproduction on their voices is totally unnecessary and loses the essence of the song.
All Angels – New Single ‘Angels’ Released 18th December
All Angels, the classical girlgroup, are to release the first ever Christmas single in partnership with The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The girls have recorded a version of Robbie Williams’ Angels, which is set for release on 18th December and is being tipped by William Hill and HMV to be Christmas number one!
The single is a double A side, the other song will be Silent Night. This is the song that German and Allied soldiers sung in No Man’s Land on the day of the famous First World War Christmas day truce, before playing a game of football together.
Genarro Castaldo, of retailer HMV, said: "Music is a universal language that can help to heal and bring people together, the idea of the British Legion releasing a single to get people thinking about our service men and women - past and present - is a really good one.'Angels' is so beautifully performed by All Angels, that it must have a chance of getting to No.1 this Christmas and raising lots of money for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in the process."
The Royal British Legion protects the interests, welfare and memory of British serving and ex-Service people and their dependants. Around 10.5 million people - of all ages –are eligible to approach the Legion for its Poppy Support, which includes grant-making to those in need, pensions and benefits advice, vocational assessment and careers advice, home and hospital visits as well as the provision of full nursing care. This work is funded through the Poppy Appeal and the donations and sponsorship of individuals, groups and businesses which support its aims. Last year the Poppy Appeal raised a total of £24.7 million. This year the Legion hopes to raise a record £26 million.
what a lovely rendition of Angels! The video is fab and is really moving...there's something about Laura's voice that really sends shivers down my spine (in a good way of course) Absolutely loved it and hopefully a Christmas number 1!!! :applaud:
The single is a 'double A side', with the other song featured being Silent Night - the carol that German and Allied soldiers sung in No Man’s Land on the day of the famous First World War Christmas day truce, before playing a game of football together.
All Angels - Angels (UCJ) UK release date: 18 December 2006
The success of G4 and Il Divo over the last couple of years has seen a surprisingly large number of people fall for 'light classical' music. Stick some photogenic young men in suits and get them to warble along to a pop classic, and bingo, you've got a hit.
All Angels, the latest group to be bankrolled by the terrifyingly powerful UCJ label, provide a twist on the formula, being 4 young teenage girls plucked from their school choir, and given a collection of modern standards to harmonise to. Angels is, as you may have guessed, the Robbie Williams number rendered even more anodyne and cloyingly sentimental than the original. There's Irish pipes, sickly strings, and even a version of Silent Night thrown in for good measure.
No cliche is left unturned, and while it may be a nice present for your grandmother, it'll be being used as a coaster by December 27th. All proceeds go to the Royal British Legion, but you'd be better off writing them a cheque for £3.99 to be quite honest.
All Angels are Melanie Nakhla, Laura Wright, Charlotte Ritchie and Daisy Chute. Their double A sided Christmas single in association the the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal is released on December 18th. Comprising of three well known and loved tracks its a pretty safe bet as a Christmas chart best seller.
The tracks they have chosen are Angels, Silent Night and You've got a friend.
Angels While I assume and understand the commendable link with the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal is probably the reason for the sombre tone given to the pop classic 'Angels', I have to admit it just doesn't quite work for me.
That said it is beautifully sung by the girls, it's just a little too toned down from the emotional Robbie Wiilliams power ballad we all know and love, it just needed a little more warmth.
Silent Night The perfect song for the festive season and the best version I've heard in a long time. The vocals on this track are so beautiful, the music could easily have been dispensed with and not been missed at all. The four voices are the only thing you'll want to hear, anything else is a distraction.
You've got a friend A brilliant version of Carole Kings much recorded track. All Angels make it their own but keep all the elements that make it work. Its mellow without being slow and sweet but still very catchy, its hard not to feel chilled out listening to it or the need to sing along!
Angels video Last but not least is the video for Angels with the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal message, which comes across with huge impact in the most gentle manner. Its perfectly done, very fitting.
Each track is wonderfully arranged and the vocals of the four Angels when combined are....excuse the pun but, heavenly.
The content really should appeal to all age ranges and anyone with an appreciation for good music.
This can't fail to win All Angels a few more fans along the way.
The single is released 18 December 2006 and is available from all good music outlets.