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Released in 1995 and signed by the now very famous Simon Cowell to BMG records this is a singing partnership between the actors Robson Green and Jerome Flynn who had been starring together in the British TV drama series Soldier, Soldier.
The album was roundly panned by the music critics and even to this day it is sometimes cited by people who are trying to have a dig at Simon Cowell's track record of signing what they say are mediocre or weak artists.
However, I disagree with the critics in this instance. This is a good album. In my opinion Green is carrying Flynn on many of the tracks but the songs are very good ones that have been chosen and the production is of a very high standard. I suppose this album is sort of highly studio produced duet crooning, if that makes sense.
The highlights for me are I Believe *, Up On The Roof, The White Cliffs Of Dover *, If I Can Dream, This Boy, Little Latin Lupe Lu and Danny Boy. * = My favourites.
In fact that is most of the tracks. There are 13 tracks in total and its an album that you'll play all the way through without fast forwarding.
You probably still don't believe me but it is a high quality album.
Full track listings:
1. Unchained Melody 2. Daydream Believer 3. I Believe 4. Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore 5. Up On The Roof 6. Amazing Grace 7. Danny Boy 8. There'll Be Bluebirds Over The White Cliffs Of Dover 9. This Boy 10. Little Latin Lupe Lu 11. Love You Forever 12. I'll Come Running Back To You 13. If I Can Dream
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Just look at the stylish front cover! The lads leaning against an old car, looking dapper in suits. It is such a shame the music was not as riveting as the cover artwork.
Who are they:
Stars of the TV drama 'Soldier Soldier' found themselves with a record deal after singing in one of the episodes. They had a huge seller with their version of 'Unchained Melody.'
On this album:
I will attempt to find some highlights, though that might be stretching it a bit. Their take on 'Unchained Melody' might have thrilled housewives at the time, but lets face it, they can't really sing, infact, Jerome is so bad at singing, they let Robson sing the entire song on his own. The vocals are passable, if not too squeaky round the edges. It lacks the warmth of the Righteous Brothers' version and sounds overproduced. The best bit is where it ends.
Next up, their take on 'I Believe' which is in the same sort of league, as Robson tries to sound all sentimental, but you can tell he is just going through the motions and thinking 'big paycheck at the end of this one.' It is sufficiently dire.
'Up On The Roof' is all Barbershop quartet style, the only advantage here is the thought of actually pushing the pair off a roof. A very high one.
By the time it reaches 'Bluebirds Over The White Cliffs Of Dover' you will be gritting your teeth as the pair pile on the sentimental charm and deliver another sickly rendition of a song you might once have liked.
13 tracks of sickly covers and further proof that the British public are easily sucked into a gimmick and will buy something, provided lots of other people are buying it too.
Unchained Melody was first sang by Elivs i think, this song has been sung by Robson & Jerome which is fully updated by Gareth Gates. Unchained Melody is a pop song which lastes up to about 3 minutes. Unchained Melody was a number 1 hit from Gareth Gates aged 17, it stayed at the number 1 hit for 3 weeks. you can buy it at all stores that sells cd's. it costs around from 99p to £3.79 for a cd and a tape would cost you from 49p to £3.79. i first heard this song on tv and when i heard it was out, i went to my local cd store to get it.
I bought this CD a few years ago in what must have been a fit of madness. Robson and Jerome's self titled album consists of 13 completely UN-original tracks, all covers of the 'old' classics. OK, I have to admit that Unchained Melody is still good, but apart from this the tracks should all be consigned to the history books, there really is no place for them in the modern market. Although the album did well at the time, how many of you still listen to it ever?? How many of you are embarassed to say you bought it? Thought so. Im only reviewing it here as Im about to put it up for swap at the swapitshop website, although I have little hope in getting rid of it!! The pair even released a second album, but that seemed to die an unheard death. People must have realised the errors of their ways. Just like Cliff Richards 'Millenium Prayer' this should be resigned to the music hall of shame!!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Unchained Melody
2 Daydream Believer
3 I Believe
4 Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
5 Up On The Roof
6 Amazing Grace
7 Danny Boy
8 There'll Be Bluebirds Over The White Cliffs Of Dover
9 This Boy
10 Little Latin Lupe Lu
11 Love You Forever
12 I'll Come Running Back To You
13 If I Can Dream