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Australian songstress Kate Miller-Heidke combines her prodigious talents with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in a surprisingly smooth blend of orchestral and pop music.

Blending pop and folk with classical and opera is no easy feat but SSO and Miller-Heidke have done a phenomenal job with this release. The smoothness of the compositions and arrangements can likely be accredited to Miller-Heidke’s previous experience and forays into the operatic world.

Throughout the record the exquisite vocal technique and natural ability of Miller-Heidke is on display. When this natural talent is allowed to push to the forefront the record is enthralling. When Miller-Heidke attempts to embellish with vocal flourishes the songs can become a touch over ambitious, but thankfully this is a very limited occurrence.

★★★1/2