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Great hopes, big letdown. For complestist, hard-core fans.
on 29 October 2012
I have been a fan of Placido Domingo for many years and was very much looking forward to this release.
What a disappointment for me.
In the search for new and a much wider audience, the iconic Spanish tenor, now in his early seventies, had turned increasingly to pop.
His latest recording finds him singing chart singles like he had done before in Perhaps Love, where he had a duet with John Denver.
"Duetting" is a fair idea, maybe in today music market a little too commercialized and exploited by aging artists, but "Songs" doesn't make for an essential Domingo release.
The usual suspects, crossover artists such as the ubiquitous trumpeter Chris Botti, Josh Groban, Susan Boyle join the party, bringing their customary quantity of processed cheese. Harry Connick jr. makes a cringe-inducing and awkward appearance on "Time Afer Time". Most visibly missing is the Canadian belter and crowds pleaser C.Dion.
On the whole, this album does not meet the standard Domingo had set with past releases.
He is one of the greatest tenors of our times, no doubt about that.
But this album doesn't feature any standout performances to lift it to higher grade.
It's mostly a vanity project, produced by his son, Placido Domingo jr, who duets with him on the last track.
Maybe it's time to call it a day: this irresistible impulse to continue singing is beginning to look like self-indulgence,vanity or simply a family, commercial exercise.
It may be pleasant, but not essential.
For the completist fans only.