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A new voice, a new album
Rhydian - Rhydian
Member Name: whiteroseuk
Rhydian - Rhydian
Advantages: Great voice, good arrangements
Disadvantages: only 11 tracks
Russell Watson has always been known as 'the voice' I believe there is a new contender for the title now, Rhydian Roberts from last year's X factor. Throughout the series last year, he did some incredible performances showing his voice to its best, and many were surprised when he didn't win the show. It didn't matter though, he was signed up, and his album has recently been released. If you like this kind of voice and this kind of music, then you will love this album. The singing is wonderful, the arrangements all that you could wish for, and the song choice, whilst safe, very enjoyable. I have to be in the mood for this kind of music, but when I am in that mood, this will be an album that I will enjoy listening to, again and again.
The impossible dream
A beautiful rendition of a very well known song, originally from the show "Man of la Mancha". A gentle piano starts with the familiar tune, the wonderful voice of Rhydian joins, building and building, with the orchestra in the background, then quietening again, as the song speaks of his heart being peaceful and calm as he's laid to his rest. Strings build again behind the stunning voice, to a dramatic climax, with a choir.
To where you are
The piano opens this one again, with Rhydian's pure clear voice singing softly. Choral singing and orchestra accompany him, with a much louder section in the middle, dying back to his voice and the piano once more.
What if, featuring Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel is a Tony Award winning American actress singer and songwriter, best known for performances in American musical theatre. Their voices perfectly compliment each other on this duet. Superb, raises goosbumps whenever I hear it.
The song is from the animated film Christmas Carol: the movie, and was originally sung by Kate Winslet.
Strings start this one, a song made famous by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. Another beautiful sweeping song done great justice by Rhydian's incredible voice.
There is lots of choral singing in the background with the orchestra, and bells chiming, all add to the religious feel. Another one that raises the goosebumps.
Bridge over Troubled Water
The Simon and Garfunkel classic. Rhydian's voice accompanied by piano starts it off, then the orchestra comes in, and again there is use of chiming bells. A great cover version, done in Rhydian's own style. There is a great orchestral break before the last verse. The choral voices accompany the climactic last verse.
There will be a time
This song shows the range and power of Rhydian's voice. A complicated song with key changes, Rhydian sings it beautifully. There is a top note that is absolutely stunning, and the accompanying strings add to the soaring majesty of the sound. Amazing. I find the key changes in the song a little strange so not my favourite, although the singing is superb.
The famous song originally from the musical West Side Story. A children's choir gives this a different slant, which I suppose was necessary as there have been so many versions of this song. I reckon Rhydian's voice holds its own with the best of them though. A sweeping soaring arrangement.
Not a dry eye in the house
A change of pace and style with this Meatloaf song. It really shows the versatility of his voice, as he covers this rock classic superbly. I really like this, but then I like Meatloaf, and Rock.
Another standard, made popular by Frankie Laine originally. Lots of orchestral and choral backing, make this another soaring rousing rendition. Not my favourite song, but he does it very well.
I'm coming home again
A beautiful song, written for Rhydian. It is given a Celtic feel with the use of pipes, and the choir accompanying him. A soaring uplifting song, which I wouldn't be surprised to see in the charts as a single.
Who wants to live forever
Rhydian's incredible rendition of the Queen Classic. It's very different from Freddie Mercury's wonderful version, but equally powerful in its own right. A Brian May type guitar in the background adds to the Queen feel.
The album is available from Amazon for £8.98. or for download for £6.49
Summary: A great debut album, from a wonderful voice.