Veronica Rotin is the eponymous, debut album from the Maltese Lyrebird, just as the superb Lyrebird, from Veronica‘s second homeland, Australia, can produce any sound, this albums shows that Ver can sing anything, though she is no mimic and adds her own interpretation to every performance. On this album she covers Broadway show tunes, and the Love Theme from Titanic; songs from artists as diverse as Jennifer Holliday, and Jennifer Hudson, Elton John, Massimo Ranieri, Jessie J, Celine Dion, Lara Fabian, Leonard Cohen, Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith and OneRepublic. She sings most of the songs in English and a couple of songs in Italian, and unfortunately, no songs in her native Maltese.
The CD contains most of the songs that Veronica is known for singing, including: And I Am Telling You; Thunder; Perdere l’ Amore; All By Myself; Adagio; You Lost Me; and Think Twice; amongst others with a couple of new songs. The hidden gem is the only duet on the album, a cover of the Leonard Cohen song Hallelujah that she sings with her older sister, and early mentor, Kelly. The two sisters do a superb job of singing this song, alternating the verses with beautiful solo singing, but when they sing together it goes from beautiful to sublime.
The various tracks range from Gospel, through Soul, R&B, Rock, Ballads, Pop, Folk, to Disco; they cover the full emotional range from great happiness, through world-weary resignation, to the pain of having your heart ripped from your chest, from timid uncertainty to strong confidence, and everything in between; from quiet, intimate performances to strong, powerful tirades. The order of the tracks has been well chosen so that you are given time to recover from the more intense tracks before having your emotions pounded again. And Veronica‘s awe inspiring longs notes are well represented throughout the CD, and the CD should come with a warning to be careful when trying to sing along with Ver, because you are bound to run out of air before she has finished singing.