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Neil's Still Got It!,
This review is from: The Real Neil (Audio CD)
I was lucky enough to have seen Neil perform for the second time at the Royal Albert Hall at his 'Real Neil' tour. If you haven't seen him live then you're missing out! If you have enjoyed his previous wonderful recordings (where even the sad songs have uplifting melodies!) then you will not be disappointed with this new album. Three years after the release of his terrific 'Music of My Life' cd, this collection of (mostly new) songs is superb.
With just the piano as accompaniament (apart from the last track) there is a lovely intimate, gentle feel to these recordings which can be appreciated even more so because of this. Neil's voice and songwriting is in fine form as usual - I can't think of any other singer aged 73 who has ever sounded quite this good and energetic, capable of singing without backing!
The (new) stand out songs for me are 'Beginning to Breathe Again' which is started intriguingly as acappella (a new classic in the making?), plus 'Heart of Stone', 'Captured by Your Love' - a lovely little love song and 'Sweet Music' - with a very catchy melody (aren't they all?), but I have only heard the cd a few times so far! Manhattan Intermezzo is also a very exciting piece of classical music.
So to summarise, have a listen to these wonderful songs and you'll be completely moved and uplifted and will probably want to hear all of his other songs again. 'The Real Neal' is a real treat.