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Rhydian's back with a bang!
on 14 April 2014
Several years after he first came to fame, Rhydian has delivered an album which is both rich in production and showcases his unmistakeable voice at its best. Whilst it does include a few tracks often recorded by those within the classical/crossover genre, he suceeds in making them different and his own. The Pearl Fisher's Duet has never been recorded by one artist capable of delivering both the tenor and baritone vocals to my knowledge. Few singers I would imagine have a range capable of doing so. Another example is his Danny Boy arrangement; unlike many versions so often heard.
All the more contemporary tracks are sweeping and majestic, stamped with Rhydian's dramatic style and delivery, which gives the listener the 'wow' factor for which he is renowned and excels. However, he easily switches to the sensitvity needed where other tracks call for it.
If you liked him during his early years in the limelight, then this album will give you back what impressed you about him. It shows off his versatility, a voice which has defniitely grown in strength and range since 2007 and is accompanied by one of London's finest orchestras. Both female duet partners have voices ideally suited to the tracks chosen.
His training shines through with the classical tracks; it's little wonder he won prizes during his days in the Conservatoire prior to coming to public attention.
I'd definitely recommend buying and turning up the volume!