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  • Audio CD (24 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Syco
  • ASIN: B001HT0R06
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. The Impossible DreamRhydian 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. To Where You AreRhydian 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. What IfRhydian feat. Idina Menzel 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The PrayerRhydian 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Bridge Over Troubled WaterRhydian 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. There Will Be A TimeRhydian 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. SomewhereRhydian 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Not A Dry Eye In The HouseRhydian 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. I BelieveRhydian 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. I'm Coming Home AgainRhydian 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Who Wants To Live ForeverRhydian 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Rhydian Roberts was the runner-up, and indeed most memorable contestant, from X Factor 2007. He was pipped to the post by the more fresh-faced Leon Jackson in the series finale, but thanks to some unique stylings and bold song interpretations the determined, classically-trained singer from Wales with a chiselled visage and striking white hair left a deep and potentially lasting impression. For his eponymous debut album though, a year in the making, it's a hard not to be disappointed that his bookish yet bombastic versions of tracks like Pink's "Get the Party Started" and the Pet Shop Boys' "Go West"--staples of his success, surely--have been left behind in favour of aligning his operatic tones with more traditionally suitable song vehicles. There are still some reminders of his scene-stealing slots on Saturday night TV--a sterling, sombre re-telling of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and pristine showcase for his voice, "Somewhere" from West Side Story. Add to this old musical standard "The Impossible Dream" (a popular choice, also recorded by fellow X-factor x-pat, crooner Andy Abraham) and straight covers of 'popera' veterans Meatloaf and Queen (with "Not a Dry Eye in the House" and "Who Wants to Live Forever" respectively) and though his voice is given a fine workout and chance to evidence those years of training, his personality doesn't quite break through with it as expected. Let's hope Rhydian can be rationalised as the contractual obligation and that this is just the start of his story. --James Berry

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Neil Shaw on 16 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have to say in complete honesty, i didn't care much for Rhydian (his singing he seems a lovely guy) on X-Factor, probably because i dont take many of its products seriously, but i took a chance on his album.
It is superb, i haven't heard a voice like his before. The albums song choices are brilliant, and even though id be more partial to other music genres there is no denying Rhydians singing ability. As a Meatloaf fan, obviously 'Not A Dry In The House' was a major factor in buying this, and he sings it absolutely wonderfully, the power and control in his voice is astounding. All the songs will give immense pleasure to anyone who listens, a must for any music fan, and surely the beginning a wonderful career for this fine man.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susan on 8 Dec. 2008
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I've been listening to the album over and over again and each time I'm overwhelmed by the power and passion in Rhydian's voice. It's hard to choose favourites, but What If and The Prayer stand out especially.
I look forward to following his future career and enjoying more albums to come. As the ad says "Music has a new voice" A force to be reckoned with, and a voice that will become even richer and more mature in the future. Just wonderful.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Baz on 24 Nov. 2008
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Rhydian's journey to this day of his debut album release has been an amazing one to follow.This album is absolutely wonderful.The tracks are a great ecclectic mix which lovers of good music will enjoy.Rhydian sings each one with all the power and passion that his wonderful voice conveys.It is difficult to single out particular songs because each one touches the heart. "What If" the duet sung with Idina Menzel is delightful. "I'm Coming Home Again " has a Celtic feel which stirs the heart and Not A Dry Eye In The House has a new slant to it making it sound unique.The spellbinding version of "The Prayer" is simply amazing.All 11 tracks make this album one not to be missed.Rhydian gives 110% and I cannot find anything negative to say. It is purely and utterly Rhydian.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Magro on 26 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I live in France and last year I could not vote for Rhydian...which was a shame. I ordered my copy of his album and boy was it worth it! Totally loved it and also if you do get a copy, do read Rhydian's 'thank yous' at the back! I think he's lovely!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on 29 Dec. 2008
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The voice is better than ever. The execution is superb and will move you to tears. Tracks you thought worn out he's breathed new life into. Buy it. You won't regret it.

It's the selection of tracks which is so much less than he deserves and we hoped for. Where are the upbeat fun tracks which leave you feeling happy and make you want to dance? Sony seem to be trying to make him fit into the same mould as other creations of theirs (Il Divo, Josh Groban, Jonathan Ansell...) and that's selling him short. He's capable of so much more than this as we saw with 'Somebody to Love', 'I would do anything for Love' Go West. and we loved it. Bring on the next CD and this time, Sony, let him do what he does so well (and Il Divo, Josh etc don't) - surprise us and get us up on our feet, dancing!
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Schem "Rose" on 29 Nov. 2008
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I've never watched X Factor, never been interested in any of reality singing shows, but few days ago my friend bought me the album Rhydian as a birthday gift. She said "go home and listen to the voice of this man". I've never heard for Rhydian before, what a shame many would say, but as a working woman there is no time for much music in my life.
I listened to 11 tracks on this album and than listen again and again....the voice of Rhydian is something so special, beautiful, unique it's difficult even to describe if you are not musically educated. But more than the quality of his voice the pure, deep emotions which he is able to fill up his voice with have impressed me tremendously. He cries, he smiles, he promises, he loves, he does everything through his voice. I've never come across any singer who has been able to tell the story of the song with such an artistic power and at the same time has made me feel the part of his emotions while following his magical voice.
The artist's ability of taking the listener into the world of his deepest emotional secrets, fears, hopes while singing I assume is the sign of the real artistic power and Rhydian has got this ability in the abundance.
There is a great future ahead of this young man!
The songs I like the most would be "I Am Coming Home Again", The Impossible Dream, There Will Be A Time, Who Wants To Live For Ever, Not A Dry Eye In The House, To Where You Are, What If,....OMG, I love them all.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By VSJ on 30 Nov. 2008
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I would willingly buy this album for just one of the tracks, however I have a full album instead to enjoy. His voice has that something extra that gets right inside you. He said that he would have liked some more upbeat tracks to be included, but for a debut album there has to be a compromise. I am sure that the next album will include some less "safe" options once his credibilty as an artist without the XFactor tag to his name is established. Roll on the next album and his tour, see him live, there is nothing to beat him in a live performance - I can speak from experience!!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. A. Holland on 9 Dec. 2008
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Having watched Rydian through the stages of the competition I think it was a bitter sweet pill to take when he came second but you know it has been the making of him. This album it utterly compelling in every way such quality of voice and arrangements there is not a bad track and each one has a very personal feel to the familiar lyrics. I hope this will be the first of many wonderful albums from Rydian he is a talent which we need to nurture I have not stopped playing this since it arrived I full recommend it highly.
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