Alfie Boe, often called Britain's favorite tenor, has risen to the ranks of being able to sell an album/CD using only his first name as a title. While to some that may suggest egotism, knowing Alfie Boe's stage presence and history of warmth with audiences where he performs it only can seem personal - a sense of honesty that doesn't require a lot of hoopla in order to sell a new release. On this new CD Boe (or should we simply refer to him as Alfie?!) offers a selection of beautiful tunes and songs, show tunes and standards, that he makes his own in his beautifully rich tenor voice and communicative singing.
As a tribute to the entire musical spectrum (he is known for opera such as 'La Boheme', light opera such as Les Misérables) he teams with Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame in 'Song to the Siren' and honors musical theater's brightest star Michael Ball in singing a duet from 'Les Misérables' - 'Empty Chairs and Empty Tables', the solo spot for Ball in the original London cast as Marius in 'Les Misérables'.
Alfie Boe's selection of songs is a solid one and one that will surely please the growing following this talented young tenor is gathering. The songs on this CD are as follows: ' Being Alive' from 'Company', 'Maria' from "West Side Story', 'When I Fall In Love', 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', a lovely and gentle 'When You Wish Upon a Star' from Disney's film 'Pinocchio', 'Music of the Night' from 'Phantom of the Opera', 'Someone to Watch Over Me' from 'Oh, Kay!', 'Song to the Siren (with Robert Plant)', 'In My Daughter's Eyes' 'Empty Chairs and Empty Tables (with Michael Ball) from 'Les Misérables', 'Wheels of a Dream' from 'Ragtime', 'It Was a Very Good Year', and 'Who Am I' from 'Les Misérables.'
This is one of Alfie Boe's strongest releases to date and a very appropriate on for this season or any season. He can bring warmth into any home! Grady Harp, June 12