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Product: Audio CD
Title: Bridge Over Troubled Water/This Is The Night
Label: RCA
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Clay Aiken Rocks


I couldn't wait until the CD came out and I got now 7 copies of it I loved it. Clay has a beautiful and powerful voice that will take him right to the top. At first the new version of BOTW sounded somewhat off, but after listening to it a couple hundred times I love it. Great job Clay



Product: Audio CD
Title: David Daniels - Serenade
Label: Virgin Classics
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
BRILLIANT RECITAL!


What a brave and diverse group of pieces to appear on one recording. When you have heard 20 renditions of Dowlands "Lute Songs", no matter how beautiful, they simply get OLD. These pieces, ranging from old Italian (arie antique) through Romanticism and 20th century (albeit not my first choice of works) are ALL given a smooth and emotive performance. The only real fault I have with this disk at ALL is that the recording levels are a little inconsistent. This is barely an issue, but one that bothered me just a touch. Daniels moves full force into these pieces with NO reluctance to reach and stretch his voice throughout it's rich and magnificent range. While some may criticize his use of Vibrato and extreme variations in dynamics (which I particularly enjoy), this unique sound sets him apart from other well known counter-tenors. (like Brian Asawa, Deller and Otten) His technique and production are faultless throughout with only the VERY rare "odd' intonation or vowel. (as a composer and countertenor, I am must say that some of these pieces are NOT written to avoid these sounds <particularly the Vaghan Williams, but to a lesser extent, also the Gounod> and thus they are completely natural to both the countertenor voice and the artistic integrity of the piece.) Perhaps it is inherent in the production of the counter-tenor voice that Italian and German are more at home than English.
My favorites so far: Nacht und Traume -- beautiful legato and sensitivity
Pur dicesti -- such a fun song anyway.. Daniels sounds perfect here.
Absence -- exquisite artistry on the chanson style
La belle Jeunesse -- Vocal fireworks here.. I do not ever expect to hear this recorded by another counter-tenor, even the adventurous Me!
All in all, this is a REQUIRED purchase for countertenor fans and singers, and a STRONG RECOMMEND for anyone who loves good classical art songs.
Stephen Jackson thornblack@aol.com



Product: Audio CD
Title: Josh Groban
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Awesome!!


I only have one negative thing to say about this CD. That is the last track "The Prayer." Why pair such a strong voice like Josh's with the comparatively weak voice of Charlotte Church. The pairing doesn't work for me, and I'm surprised that David Foster would choose her to sing with Josh. Don't get me wrong, she does have a very good voice, just not strong enough to be singing with Josh. Other than that, it is a great CD. Go get it now if you haven't already!!!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Resurrection
Label: Brash Music
Artist: Brian Vander Ark
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Outstanding!!


Resurrection is the best album I've bought in years.Great lyrics, unique music and Brian Vander Ark hasan outstanding voice.
I bought two copys, one for home use and one for my car. I don't ever want to be with out it.