I have been a fan of Russell for some time but nothing could prepare me for the emotional force of hearing this new incredibly personal outpouring.
I won it from a local radio competition which is how I get to post this review before it's released on Monday!
To give amazon users an idea of what to expect: first, Russell's voice is better than ever - no-one should worry about the operation he had, in fact there is a new richness and the exciting big notes have the same ring as they
second his difficulties over the last ear or two have actually made his singing much more emotional and peronsal- it seems like he is singing directly to you, which I did not always feel before.
third, instead of doing covers of classical pop songs he has come up with mostly new material and it all sits together really well. Just some highights are the title track Amore musica, a moddy classic called Magia sara, You raise me up (the best version ever, much better than Josh Groban), Gladiator - simply brilliant, We will stand together, a version of Nimrod that I thought would not work but really does, and a fantastic duet called Alchemist with an amazing singer called Lara Fabien and written by Gary Barlow. It's nothing like his Take That stuff, it's really orchestral and rich.
I am blown away by this album, don't miss it, Russell has again shown how it should be done and has moved so-called crossover music forward again. Il Divo will have a lot to live up to.