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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How sad to give 1 or 2 stars - A response., 13 July 2007
This review is from: One Chance (Audio CD)
I was a little taken aback when I saw two of the most recent ratings. For me the whole debate surrounding Paul Potts ability and the cynical music business machine, whether we think he is an "Opera God", "Useless", or it is "....Marketing based around pity" and so on is surely immaterial. Not knowing a great amount about the technical aspects of opera I don't feel qualified to comment on his abilities of pronunciation and intonation, however in my opinion the acid test is about the way listening to the music makes one feel. Yes I do think his modest background, and quiet, humble character have caught the public imagination, and yes maybe he is just another money spinner to the "profit above all else" music business exec's. But can we not just enjoy this record for what it is; honest, open, heart felt.... That ultimately is how I prefer to judge the success of any record. Paul Potts may well fade into obscurity in 6....12 months time but credit where credit is due; let him have his moment of success. Perhaps by bringing his human dimension to these songs he will help change some of our perceptions of the Opera world being a somewhat stuffy, high brow and exclusive club; and open opera up to the popular masses. I wish him all the best and based on merit, one or two star ratings do not seem a fair reflection of his talent.

I think the songs on the record sound great.
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Initial post: 17 May 2009 22:24:23 BDT
MKJ says:
Thank you for posting a review with real heart and meaning. Congratulations for expressing what is both a generous and entirely accurate assessment.

Posted on 29 May 2009 23:10:23 BDT
Zebedee says:
At last some common sense. If someone's voice gives pleasure to people that's all that matters.
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