Received this album today and it has been on repeat ever since.
This is Tim's second album and has a rockier edge in places than his debut. Vocals are handled by the very best that the West End have to offer! Anyone who is into musicals will instantly know the names Ricardo Alfonso (WWRY), Sarah Jane French (WWRY), Alex Gaumond (WWRY, Legally Blonde), Ross Hunter (WWRY), Lauren Samuels (BBC's Over The Rainbow), John Owen Jones (the current Phantom Of The Opera), Cassie Compton (X Factor, Wicked), Mark Evans (Wicked) etc etc.
The best vocals in the world are however no good without quality songs to sing and this album delivers in bucketloads. All the songs co-written by Tim, mainly with Robert Gould but others with Tim's better half Angela Prottey Jones.
As said before this is rockier than his last album - most noticeable on tracks like You Dare (Ross Hunter) and Down Flew The Doves (American Idol's and Rock of Ages Constantine Maroulis). As a matter of fact, Down Flew The Doves could easily have been submitted to U2 for consideration....I can just see Bono blasting this out on stage.
There are also some tender ballads adding a different dimension to the album like Colour Me (Jodie Jacobs) and the stunning Chance In A Lifetime (featuring the world class vocals of Michael Xavier - a singer who I had not heard of until this album but will definately be checking out more. The album is worth the money for this one track alone in my opinion.)
The final track Take Your Heart reminds me of the current crop of symphonic metal bands like Within Temptation, Nighwish etc.
Instrumentation and production is top class thoughout the album and I would whole heartedly recommend this to fans of We Will Rock You, Wicked, Rock of Ages and those others who like their musical theatre a little on the rockier side.
"More with every line", Tim Prottey-Jones' first album with new musical songs, showed his ability to write and create new musical tunes and it's not surprising that he was able to win another bunch of wonderful vocalists who are known in the West End and on Broadway for "Surrounded by the Sounds". John Owen Jones (Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera), Mark Evans (Wicked), Niamh Perry (Love Never Dies), Cassie Compton (Wicked, Les Mis), Simon Thomas (Legally Blonde, Tarzan in Hamburg/Germany) and Alex Gaumond (We will rock you, Legally Blonde) alongside many other great leading men and women worked with Tim Prottey-Jones and the result is more than amazing.
Catchy pop songs like "Ordinary", wonderful ballads like "One not Two" or "400 Years", the mystical and romantic "Once bitten" and some powerful rock numbers ("After the Turn" is my favourit, definitely. I listened to the whole album so so many times now and this is just my favourit!) make this album to an album every fan of musicals will love. You like "Wicked"? Buy it. You like "We will rock you"? Buy it. You like classics just like "Phantom of the Opera"? Buy it. JUST THE BLOODY HELL BUY IT! ;) I'm sure you won't regret it and I, personally, can just say that I hope to get another, third, album with new songs by Tim Prottey-Jones soon. ;)
I have only recently "discovered" the music of Tim Prottey Jones and now realise what I have been missing. Not only is he an accomplished singer but a brilliant musician and composer. This album is an eclectic mix of songs performed by stars of the west end. The vocals are strong and emotive, some make you smile others cry, but it is this varied mix that makes the album so listenable.
Some of the songs are gentle with barely more than a guitar accompaniament, others are punchier rock type songs. The musicality is superb, with some great orchestrations. The melodies memorable and complex, again testament to the high quality of performers who do such an excellent job in interpreting the excellent compositions.
Favourties on the albm are Sidewalk, performed by the excellent Alex Gaumond, 400 years sung as always brilliantly by the amazing John Owen Jones and Sarah Lark and Down flew the Doves Constasntine Maroulis, but, having said that, all tracks are excellent and a must buy for all fans of the musical theatre.