I had to wait patiently for my copy of this album, as it was a promised Christmas gift from my son - but it was worth the wait. When an album stays at arms length in my studio for almost 5 months, then it's a sign of a firm favourite with me. It has seen me through the dark winter afternoons and right into spring, and I'm certain that it'll still be with my 'most played' pile by the time winter comes around again. I was quite amazed when I first heard Russell Watson sing. Amazed not only by the fact that his voice is refreshingly different, but also by his age - I find his voice quite something for such a relatively young man. I did think that I wouldn't like the more modern tracks on the second half of this album as I usually prefer different types of music kept apart, but I did like them, and after playing the album a few times, hardly noticed the transition. I do however prefer the more classical tracks. One very nice touch with this album is the fact that the booklet not only gives the words to all the tracks, but also, where necessary, English translations. I was prompted to write this review by the fact that I had just listened to Classic FM's top ten albums programme for the first time since January, and was delighted to find this album still at No.1. Russell Watson deserves this success. It's not always easy to leave paid employment to follow a dream, but when it pays off as his dream so very definitely has, it's a wonderful thing. I for one wish him many years of success with 'the voice' as he calls it. This is certainly my number one favourite this year.