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Concerto: One Night In Central Park
Concerto: One Night In Central Park
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just for Bocelli's completist fans. Middle-of-the-road usual Christmas stuff!, 15 Nov. 2011
It's hard to think of another classical performer who can draw an audience of 60,000, but that level of popularity brings with it certain duties, especially regarding repertoire.
Accordingly, Andrea Bocelli opens this show with "La Donna È Mobile", effectively an affirmation of his assumption of the mantle of the great crossover tenor of his era, and closes it with his own breakthrough signature tune, "Con Te Partirò", and that most populist aria, "Nessun Dorma".
In between, though, things go slightly awry when he diverts into pop territory in duets with Tony Bennett and Celine Dion, and simpering MOR arrangements (usual David Foster) of "More" and "Volare". A. Gill
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Clear As Day
Clear As Day
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4 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty generic., 8 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Clear As Day (Audio CD)
Winning American Idol on the strength his dopey grin and cornball down-home appeal, Scotty McCreery delivers his debut, "Clear as Day", just five months after taking home the big prize, the quickest turn around in Idol history.
Forget whatever this portends about the health of the television show or the power of Scotty's personality: it does suggest that McCreery is the easiest of all Idols to fit within the pre-existing machinery of the music industry.
Possessing no distinct persona outside of the good guy next door, McCreery can sing any generic Nashville number, and so he does on "Clear as Day", singing songs about sweet tea, pecan pies, country, football, the King James bible, mom, water towers, and, of course, love.
Songs this basic need flair, either in the writing or the performance departments, to distinguish themselves, and there are moments with flashes of life, both coming courtesy of writer Rhett Akins, whose "You Make That Look Good" and "Write My Number on Your Hand" have some pep and sturdy country roots.
Apart from that, the songs and production demand that all energy come from young Scotty, who amiably sleepwalks through the tunes, expecting his "aw shucks" smile will translate onto record.
That it doesn't is not necessarily on his shoulders -- it's better to place the blame on the machine, here run by producer Mark Bright who has had hits with Rascal Flatts, and knows enough to get a piece of sellable product out while the iron is still hot.
And that's all "Clear as Day" is, no more, no less: professional product released quickly enough that it could still capitalize on a fire that's beginning to smolder down to embers. S. T. Erlewine
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