Last summer, Miss Mussel wrote a few pieces on the 10-year old America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho. There was a bit of a brouhaha when she didn’t win the grand prize but considering that her 4-track Christmas EP went platinum, it doesn’t seem like the result hurt her career any.
This month, Evancho is appearing in a PBS Great Performances special (coming soon to a pledge drive near you!) and has released her first full-album, so it seemed the right time to update the story.
“Of the 14 tracks on the album, remarkably only four put us in mind of a marketing team deciding how best to maximize the appeal of the album. If that reeks of cynicism, consider that the duet with Barbra Streisand is Evancho lightly embellishing a recording Streisand made in 1985.
“Nessun Dorma,” a tenor aria that doesn’t play to any of Evancho’s strengths, is included because buyers recognize the title from Paul Potts and Luciano Pavarotti. Her duet with Susan Boyle doesn’t flatter either party, and while “O Mio Babbino Caro” suits her voice better, given the amount of alternative repertoire available, we are perplexed by its inclusion.”
Read the rest (and hear her yourself)(Miss Mussel promises your ears won’t bleed) here.
Bonus content: comments from her most ardent fans.