Milla Jovovich’s performance behind her SBK debut album “Divine Comedy” blatantly flaunted her training as a professional model and actress (“Chaplin, “”Return to the Blue Lagoon,””Dazed and Confused”) — maybe too blatantly.
“Divine Comedy” is a gem, full of cleverly arranged, European-flavored folk songs and well-produced quality vocals.
Her live show could have been as magical, given the talented musicians supporting her, the delicious arrangements and her own inherent passion. But Jovovich tried far too hard to put on a “cute” and entertaining show: She exaggerated to unnatural extremes (vocally and visually) the dynamics and accents, swells and dips that needed no such emphasis.
Even adjusting her microphone stand became a theatrical event. Unfortunately this ostensibly forceful melodrama distracted from the inherent beauty of Jovovich’s songs and talent, stripping her of her own magic.
Nonetheless, as far as teen stars go, the 18-year-old certainly deserves praise. Unlike, teen singers of the past, she has depth and real feeling and is caught in that stage where the childlike unassured search for approval is laced with the adult breath of sultry seductiveness and confidence.
Her voice reflects the same stage. In her lower range, Jovovich sings with a full sounding depth and assuredness while her upper range displays her underdeveloped kiddy voice.
Noteworthy songs include adult contemporary single, “Gentlemen Who Fell” (receiving well-deserved attention on alternative radio), “Charlie,””Bang Your Head” and the enrapturing Russian folk song “In a Glade,” which Jovovich performed in Russian for the encore.
The band members played nearly flawlessly, particularly Johan Hedin, who played the more traditional instruments, such as mandolin and key fiddle.