Anael

Greatest Gifts

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GREATEST GIFTS is a collection of the best material from Anael's first four albums, LIGHT OF REFINEMENT, UNCONDITIONAL, LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL, and SPIRITUAL BEINGS ON A HUMAN JOURNEY. As fans of the singer's lush, tranquil music know, Anael is a talented vocalist, with a breathy delivery that keeps her gossamer melodies delicately suspended. Anael's chief collaborator Bradfield contributes the synthesizer-heavy instrumentation here, while cellist Nathalie Beaulieu provides sweeping, bottom-end accompaniment.

Anael's dreamy vocals are consistently appealing through these 14 tracks, even as the language she sings in shifts from English to Latin to French. There is a discernable pop influence on ballads like "Etre Sans Age," but for the most part Anael's aesthetic is richly atmospheric, ambient, and suitable for relaxation and meditation. GREATEST GIFTS proves a fine introduction to Anael's music, and is a good place for the uninitiated to start before exploring her individual albums.

Track Listing - Disc 1

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