Miriam Stockley—the backing vocalist behind many a Stock, Aitken & Waterman dance/pop hit—is the serenely incandescent singer with Karl Jenkins' Adiemus project, and on her second so

Miriam Stockley—the backing vocalist behind many a Stock, Aitken & Waterman dance/pop hit—is the serenely incandescent singer with Karl Jenkins' Adiemus project, and on her second solo outing, she retains many of Adiemus' stylistic tendencies. Layering her voice in multi-tracked chorales, Stockley sings in an imaginary language that speaks to the South African sounds she heard growing up in Johannesburg. "Umoya," with its village chants and percolating percussive synthesizers, and the lullaby ministrations of "Rainsong" would fit right alongside Adiemus. However, producer/arranger Ian Lynn's keyboard orchestrations often make Stockley's music sound generic, and the child-like chants sometimes become sing-song trite. Although comparisons to Enya and Sarah Brightman are obvious, Stockley really shares a vocal resemblance to Annie Haslam of the rock group Renaissance, especially on songs like "One Dream" and "Spring," which aspire to a grandiose brand of pop pomp.—JD