“…solo version of Il Divo..” Tenor Thomas-Spencer-Wortley
(The Sunday Express)
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The leading single and title track 'Credere', is the strongest of the album thanks to its sophisticated piano arrangement and the soaring chorus which is reminiscent of Groban's big Italian album openers. 'Open Road' epitomises the combined theatre and classical vocal technique that Thomas adopts, whilst 'All That I Need' shows off the power he can produce.
Other notable tracks include pop covers 'The Rose' (originally performed by Bette Midler) and Billy Joel's entertaining 'Always A Woman'. Although 'The Rose' is a rather typical choice, it serves Thomas's soft, sultry and, at the songs climax, powerful, vocals well, whilst the arrangement is well showcased providing the listener with one of the better renditions of the much recorded song. 'Always A Woman' is an unusual choice; actually, it's the first time I have seen it on a crossover album, but one listen of this rendition leaves you wondering why nobody thought of it before. It enables Thomas to perform with a more relaxed and natural vocal as he glides through it with warm gusto.
The album has heavy Josh Groban influence, sharing five tracks in common with the American superstar, including Groban's self-penned 'Remember When It Rained' and his signature tune 'You Raise Me Up'. The rendition of David Foster's 'The Prayer' does manage to better Groban and Bocelli's rendition with the inclusion of pure voiced soprano, Mairead Carlin. Thomas has been described as the 'British Josh Groban'.
Sense Music Store: Recommended for Josh Groban fans.
01. You Raise Me Up
02. Remember When It Rained
03. Un Giorno Per Noi
04. Ave Maria
05. The Rose
07. Broken Vow
08. Always A Woman
09. Open Road
10. All That I Need
11. The Prayer feat Mairead Carlin
12. Because We Believe
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