I was flicking through the iTunes Store when I noticed Delta Goodrem has released a new album. Ok… so what? Well she looks fabulous on the cover, but besides that I wasn’t interested… well at first I wasn’t 🙂 I actually clicked on a few other album covers, listened to a few songs released by other artists until my curiosity got the better of me. After a quick perusal of Apples recommended Hot Tracks, I ended up clicking on Deltas new album cover and read the iTunes Review. Blah blah blah….who writes these damn reviews? Better off clicking on the tracks and listening to them… 20 minutes later I had listened to all the song samples and had downloaded the entire album! Damn you Delta!!!!
As a person, I would love to say she is fabulous, the problem is I have never been able to work her out. At the moment all I can say is that I think she is interesting, maybe a little misunderstood but definitely a product of her own choices. Delta’s image has always been portrayed as the fun girl next door, someone you would invite to a bbq and share a few good laughs and a great time. Maybe her role on the tv show Neighbours had something to do with that. The problem is that when you watch Delta in an interview, see her at the Logies or read one of her interviews, she comes across as precious. Like a glass vase that sits up high on your grandmothers crystal cabinet, you can see how beautiful it is, but if you look at it the wrong way or sneeze it will shatter. That’s Delta, you don’t know how to act around her because you don’t know how she will react or if she will crack into a million pieces.
It’s obvious Delta Goodrem has a big heart, I think even a blind man could see that. But on the other hand, she is detached. How much do we know about her? How can we relate to someone we know very little about? Every time we see her she is looking perfect, acting all perfect and sweet. That’s not her fault, but by being like that it rubs people up the wrong way. She comes across like she has no faults and like I said, will break if you look at her the wrong way. She doesn’t come across as real, because she is so flawless. But if you have ever heard her in concert, well, that’s another matter.
Mitchell and I bought tickets to Ricky Martin’s One World Tour last year. We were incredibly excited, until Delta walked out on stage. Don’t get me wrong, Delta has the most amazing set of vocal chords. She sounds amazing, except when she performs live. When Delta walked on stage at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena I was crossing my fingers. After she performed her pre-act set I was cringing! Why does someone who has one of the most amazing gifts on this world have to over-do it! Sing like you do on your album, not all over the place. When she should have been hitting the lower notes she was high and vice versa, it was like she was trying too damn hard. She is amazing, there’s no need to go over the top.
I will give credit where credit is due though, when Delta performed Nobody Wants To Be Lonely with Ricky, she sang perfectly. She didn’t go over the top, she sang the song perfectly. I noticed the crowd were up on their feet and were joining in, and I think it had a lot to do with being able to relate, connect and sing along without wondering what the hell she was doing! Poor Delta, she gets such a bad rap. If only she didn’t try so hard!!
Back in the 80’s, people fell in love with the girls next door…Kylie Minogue, Debbie Gibson, even Whitney Houston. In the 90’s we had Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Tina Arena. These days people don’t want all the glitz and glamour, they want to be able to connect in some way. They want to know that their idol is real and I don’t think Delta comes across that way. She is always polished, all sparkly and new…fun, innocent and maybe even a little naive. But I think she is listening to the criticism and finding out who she is. I think she has walked away from her experiences with love, with her role as judge and mentor on The Voice and is having a good think about what she wants and where she wants to be.
Wings of The Wild is an interesting album. Some of her songs are tunes of heartbreak and love lost. Some of her songs are a cry for help and acceptance, that she doesn’t think she is appreciated anymore. Delta’s new heartfelt tunes are a reflection of where she is in her life right now. Her song Enough, tells her fans just how confused she has felt “I just wanna give my all, the rise and fall, the world. I just wanna leave my mark upon your heart, oh world.” The song has a fabulous beat and she sings the song incredibly well. The song Only Human is a beautiful song. “How do you love when you’re broken? I’ve had enough, I’m only human.” This slow ballad is so sad, she sounds so heart-broken and desolate. Not a fighter but someone who is crushed… the broken vase in your grandmothers cabinet! Encore is probably my favourite. Once again she is defeated and trying to work things out. Lost love? Maybe a broken relationship? “Can you hear the beat of my heart go (Boom boom) But it’s not beating for you, like a symphony in the dark, we lost our tune. Don’t you think our time is through?”
Wings of The Wild has some catchy tunes, heartbreaking messages and tales of confusion. The 31-year-old Aussie is spending her time figuring out what she wants and what is expected of her and it is reflected in some of these tunes. I have no idea why she chose to sing I Believe In a thing Called Love. As talented as she is, why couldn’t she write another song instead of singing someone else’s? It doesn’t fit with the rest of the album…strange. All in all, Wings of the Wild is a great album, I will enjoy listening to it in my car, on my phone and while I am writing my blog posts 🙂 Check it our for yourself on Apples iTunes Store and let me know what you think.
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