Circle of Life (COL) has to be one of the crummiest albums I've ever owned. I'm a big fan of The King's Singers, but this album stinks. There are only a couple of decent tracks on it, such as "Kokomo"... oddly, the exact same track appears on another album released by the group in the same year (and not a "best of" album), namely Spirit Voices (SV).
Both albums feature the otherwise-a cappella group singing with instrumental backing (mostly), but SV is successful at it, whereas COL demonstates how not to do it; to wit: take a talented six part vocal group, give them a crummy arrangement that doubles lots of vocal parts and pits the group against the orchestra, and make the (British) soloist give it some "soul" (ouch).
It took me a while to get used to SV, but now I really like it; COL, on the other hand, makes me want to bash out my own brains to make the pain stop. SV experiments with smaller orchestrations and interesting combinations of vocal and intrumental parts, but COL is just a big "let's get together and sing our lungs out with an orchestra" album, a style which must be popular in England or something.
Two stars, and only out of respect for the fact that The King's Singers is the best a cappella vocal group in the world (this album notwithstanding).