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Mr Barrowman, I think you've done it!
on 1 July 2014
This is a new way of making an album for John, and one that has rarely been seen by established names where it is crowd funded and hence free of the requirement to satisfy a range of impactful investors such as music companies.
Working with people he has worked with for years, including musical director Matt Brind, John has been able to make the album that he wanted to make and believed people will love - and so far it seems to have worked.
This album is covers of a wide mix of music from traditional songs to popular hits. The musical styles and arrangements vary significantly from one to another but all are infectious, emotional or downright beautiful.
Ashleigh Gray duets with John on 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters' and has depth and power to her voice that holds its own with John and feels balanced. 'Listen to the Music' has in infections drum beat that means driving to it can result in significant head bobbing. 'Hollywood' just makes you get up and dance!. There are a number of powerful ballads, starting with simple, dulcet tones and building, with the aid of gospel choirs, a strings section, bagpipes and John's powerful baritone to really take the listener on a journey through the song. The recent hits selected ('A Thousand Years' and 'Skyscraper') suit John's voice to a tea and he has the age and credibility to convey to the listener that he understands and believes every word of the lyrics. 'That's the Way It Is' is the one track I did not immediately love - seems a little too predictable in its pop beat, but it is growing on me and I certainly don't dislike it.
I adore John as a live performer and admire him and his team, but have not always totally loved the studio albums and preferred to listen to live versions of his music which have had a 'something' that has been lost somewhere along the way in the arduous, negotiated process of recording a studio album for a major label.
You Raise Me Up has managed to keep that magic and boyish charm - it makes me smile (even if through tears), dance (badly) and appreciate those around me I love. In short it Raises Me Up, and for that John, Matt, Gavin, Katy and everyone involved - I thank you very very much.