Szylvia

The Voice Inside

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Ready for the female version of Josh Groban? How about a vocal equivalent of the Spice Girls of the string quartet, Bond? Sarah Brightman without all that nasty Andrew Lloyd Webber baggage? Szylvia's The Voice Inside is all of those things and, well, frankly, not a whole lot more. Los Angeles-based but vaguely Eastern European in origin, bleached and teased of tresses, and sparkly and low-cut of gowns, Szylvia pilfers the catalogs of those noted classical composers Ennio Morricone and Marvin Hamlisch for pretentious semi-classical arrangements and ludicrously oversung performances of familiar, pleasant trifles like "The Way We Were." Szylvia, who is at least as talented a vocalist as the third-chair soprano at the Oklahoma City Light Opera Association, also composed four treacly bits of adult contemporary piffle with titles like "In Love" and "Flying with You" that reveal that as a composer, she makes a very good singer. A vaguely embarrassing album all the way around, The Voice Inside isn't even over-the-top enough to be a "so bad it's good" hoot. It's semi-classical music for people who hate the real thing.

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