I received my CD this morning from Amazon, and have listened through at least 3 times already. It's a CD I could happily play all day long.
My brother bought me the first Blake album last Christmas, which was absolutely beautiful; but this album takes their music to new levels.
The songs on this album are as interestingly varied as my own ipod, with songs that suit my mood at different times in the day. Always uplifting.
Highlights for me would certainly have to be Blake's version of "Chasing Cars", a sexy version of "Time To Say Goodbye", Meatloafs "Heaven Can Wait" and the beautiful theme from The Mission, "Nella Fantasia".
With songs that use full orchestra, electronic instruments, piano, guitar and drums, the mood of the album never stays in one place. The four singers don't always sing in full harmony, instead they sometimes take different solo lines for separate songs. I like this approach alot.
This is a much slicker album than the first one, although it still retains that emotional tenderness of the first. I think this album will appeal to everyone from mums to their youngest daughters, because the choice of songs is excellent and contemporary.
I guess those that want to listen to hardcore indie bands or equally hardcore classical opera stuff, mightn't like it, but it's not for them.
This is a CD for people who love great songs, and want to hear really beautiful versions of them. I've since bought 3 more copies for friends.