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The Promise

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I was expecting more

    After all the hype I have heard about their previous albums, I was very excited to sit down and listen to my first Il Divo CD. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.<BR/><BR/>I can best describe the album as "not bad". There are definitely shining moments throughout the album, such as:<BR/>Adagio--one of the most gorgeous melodies written by Albinoni. I am very familiar with the original instrumental version, but was impressed with the vocals and the arrangement.<BR/>L'Alba del Mondo--like many of the other songs, it starts out beautiful, with a nice instrumental introduction. The melody is gorgeous, but like MANY of the other songs, the ending is a bit over the top.<BR/>The opening of Amazing Grace--I'm not sure who sang the opening verse but it was amazing! He sang with such clarity and purity and made such a simple opening very moving. And the bagpipes were unexpectedly a very nice instrumentation for the piece.<BR/><BR/>There were several reasons that I felt disappointed with the album. One was the song selection. There was a nice variety of classical and pop, but almost all the songs were the same slow tempo! I also don't really understand the reasoning for changing the original languages to the songs. There was really no reason to change everything into Spanish or Italian (except for Amazing Grace in English). But my biggest issue with almost every song on this album, even Amazing Grace which opened with such an amazing opening, was that the musical climaxes were OVER THE TOP! The arrangements were poor, and almost every song had a huge, over the top harmonic climax which was never prepared for properly Almost every song, it came out of NOWHERE and felt like they just threw it in to show how loud they could sing (though I'm sure the men of Il Divo did not throw it in, I blame the producers and arrangers for that tackiness).<BR/><BR/>My final recommendation...it's not a bad album, there are wonderful songs and moments, but not enough to warrant buying the whole album. Better to buy individual tracks from itunes and perhaps invest in one of their other albums.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very soothing!

    After getting Il Divo's Christmas album, I was excited to receive The Promise! It is a beautiful CD with their signature harmonies and very soothing. My son falls asleep to it in the car (which is a good thing!). My biggest complaint is that the whole CD is in Spanish (and Latin?) other than the very last song. It would have been nice to have more of a mix so you can sing along with a few of the songs! All in all a nice CD.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty Sounds

    When I first received my new Il Divo album, The Promise, I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. The operatic voices of the 4 men that make up this dynamic man band have voices of angels and their melodic sounds could lull me to sleep, in a good way of course. I found myself relaxing while listening to songs like La Promesa, Adagio and The Winner Takes It All and feeling a sense of calm and conetentness. Now, in general, I am not an opera- sounding fan, but I think when I am in need of some downtime, this might be the album I go to.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    IL Divo The Promise Review

    Totally out of my music box, pun intended. I received IL Divo's cd, The Promise not knowing fully what to expect.<BR/><BR/>The songs have a tune that I like and enjoy but the vocals were a bit unexpected. I've never listened to opera music much but I could learn to like it. The pop inspiration was there, along with the operatic vocals, a nice change to what is normally in my ears.<BR/><BR/>Amazing Grace is my favorite, but all of the selections were ones that I could play, rewind and repeat often. It will be fun to get to know opera and the group that is IL Divo.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice CD for background music

    Il Divo's style of music isn't what I typically listen to, but I was happy to give it a try. Overall, I'd have to say this CD was mediocre. Some songs were nice and deserve to be heard (Hallelujah, Angelina, The winner takes it all), however, other songs were a bit too slow for my liking or didn't seem like anything overly special. Particularly, I felt like the renditions of Adagio and Amazing Grace could have been better done, but I did really love Hallelujah. I've listened to this track many times already. To sum it up, other than certain tracks, this probably isn't a CD that I would listen to over and over, but it makes for enjoyable background music while working.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice listening

    I received this CD to review. While it is not my typical music I would chose to listen to, their voices are just beautiful. "Amazing Grace" was my personal favorite. I will pass this on to an opera loving friend.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Background Listening music

    This CD was given to me as a gift. I had never actually heard Il Divo's music before listening to this disc. The listening experience was nice. Their voices are beautiful as well as the music. Most of the songs are sung in Spanish and they are songs that other artists have done before. I would love to hear them sing more original music in English. The song Hallelujah was my favorite.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Backround Music

    I could have this as backround music (white noise) but don't feel it is something I will be riding around in the car listening to over and over. <BR/><BR/>The music is nice, but do pop songs need to be changed into Spanish Opera? I would have preferred more original pieces from them. <BR/><BR/>Their voices are beautiful and I believe they would do better with better material.

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