Imagine being stressed out after a long day. You just want to mellow out with a little wine and an understated collection of soothing ballads blended with a little jazz and just a hint of country. Johnny Mathis? Nat King Cole? Two good choices. How about the King of Romance, Engelbert Humperdinck? No way, you think, his voice is too strong, too dramatic. The total musical experience would be overpowering, and I just want to drift into the music, not drown. Don't worry, not with this CD. "Let There Be Love" is a hauntingly beautiful, softly-sung eclectic mix of ballads that are a radical departure from Humperdinck's forty-year body of work. He really takes some chances with this CD, and most of it works. I was stunned how carefully he controlled his still powerful baritone and made no attempt to dominate the lyrics or the tempo of any of the ballads. "With You I'm Born Again" is just incredible and "There's No Good In Goodbye" is going to become an instant classic. There is a smoky, pop/jazz tone to the CD, but it's subtle and several of the tracks have a distinct, country flavor to them. The only reason I don't give this CD five stars is that Engelbert doesn't always sound in sync with some of the synthesized instruments, but it doesn't lessen the CD"s appeal. And there's nothing wrong with Engelbert's voice. It's still strong, and his phrasing and sense of timimg is flawless. If there's a little raspiness, so what? You have to really listen for it, and it only adds to his mystique at age sixty-nine. I wouldn't call this an experimental album, but it's clearly an unusual choice for one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time. Buy it and listen to it at least twice before you pass judgment on it. It would be easy for someone of Humperdinck's stature to just cover his classic hits or okay another compilation, but he doesn't do that. The King of Romance is still growing musically and artistically at an age when most of his contemporaries are long retired. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!