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Il Volo

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Nice, but recordings can't compare to live performances

    A link to these boys' performance on an American TV show was sent to me and at first I thought they were lip synching Il Divo as some sort of spoof. I couldn't believe that three teenaged boys could sound so mature. When it became clear they were the real deal, I had to run out and buy the CD and, of course, review all their performances online. I do think that some of the charm of the boys doesn't come across on the recordings. Seeing them perform live is so much more interesting becuase of their youthful charm, innocense, and obvious love for this type of music. While I enjoy the CD, some of the music selections are questionable. I don't understand why albums like this have to be ruined by the inclusion of some mediocre English-language songs like "Painfully Beautiful" and "This Time," both of which are instantly forgettable pieces. Since the boys' cover of "Smile" is very nice, why record some crappy written-just-for-them songs instead of including other covers of well-known English-language works? All in all, a nice album, but doesn't really stand out unless you're watching a video of their live performances.

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