Life must seem unreal for the one-time bin man and X Factor hero Andy Abraham, hence the title of his debut album The Impossible Dream, a collection of ballads and soul classics which he strolls though with notable ease.
Wielding a vocal style instantly comparable to Luther Vandross and Lionel Ritchie, he has such a talent it's regrettable the majority of this 14-track record is largely comprised of covers.
But what covers they are! Check out his X Factor showstopper "Me and Mrs Jones", and glorious versions of "When A Man Loves A Woman", "The Greatest Love of All", "When I Fall in Love", and "Unforgettable". A handful of original tunes include funky floor-filler "Hang Up", a worthy opener.
Andy has said he hopes to follow in the footsteps of late greats Luther Vandross, Lou Rawls and Barry White; he certainly has the ability, and this excellent first album should set him on track. --Lisa Haines
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