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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
As Russell Watson's fans surely know, this eagerly awaited album is the tenor's comeback after a risky operation on his vocal chords. Besides worrying whether "The Voice" -- as Watson's debut album was titled -- would pull through in top form, American listeners have faced a real frustration: Amore Musica has been available for almost a year overseas before finally arriving on these shores. Well, if absence truly makes the heart grow fonder, nobody is likely to hold the delay against Watson, for this album includes some of his most expressive and intimate singing to date. As the title foreshadows, love and music are the main subjects here, but faith is another; perhaps ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
As Russell Watson's fans surely know, this eagerly awaited album is the tenor's comeback after a risky operation on his vocal chords. Besides worrying whether "The Voice" -- as Watson's debut album was titled -- would pull through in top form, American listeners have faced a real frustration: Amore Musica has been available for almost a year overseas before finally arriving on these shores. Well, if absence truly makes the heart grow fonder, nobody is likely to hold the delay against Watson, for this album includes some of his most expressive and intimate singing to date. As the title foreshadows, love and music are the main subjects here, but faith is another; perhaps his career-threatening surgery has prompted some spiritual contemplation, for Watson sounds more sincere than ever. And as for the voice, rest assured that the qualities that made it special in the first place -- the unaffected warmth and robustness -- are still there in abundance. The songs here tend to require less operatic power than on his previous albums, but those that do, such as "Il Gladiatore" and the Mario Lanza classic "I'll Walk With God," deliver the goods. Watson doesn't hesitate to put himself in direct competition with some of his "popera" rivals on this disc challenging Josh Groban's ownership of "You Raise Me Up" and Amici Forever's of "La Fiamma Sacra", and the romantic pop that dominates the rest of the album plays to all of his strengths. But best of all, he sings "We Will Stand Together" -- based on the gorgeous melody from Elgar's Enigma Variations -- with enough passion to wring tears from a stone, bringing Amore Musica to an irresistibly inspiring conclusion.
All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Having enjoyed enormous success in Europe, where he was dubbed "The People's Tenor," Russell Watson soon found his career in jeopardy following the release 2002's Reprise. A growth was found on one of his vocal chords and he opted to have it removed, which is an especially frightening procedure for a vocalist -- just ask Julie Andrews. Fortunately, Watson's surgery was a success and Amore Musica is his first recording following an extended recovery. Any doubts that his voice was affected by the surgery are immediately put to rest on the opening song, "Amore e Musica," a grand pop/classical piece that allows Watson to exercise the range of his newly repaired tenor. If anything, he sounds more relaxed with a silkier tone that further embraces Amore Musica's classical crossover selections. While there are still a couple of true classical selections like an adaptation of Sir Edward Elgar's "Nimrod" entitled "We Will Stand Together," the focus is on material that will hook pop-minded adults who love a strong, romantic voice. And nothing screams louder for pop acceptance than "Pray for the Love," a new tune by mega-hit songwriter Diane Warren. Luckily, it is one of her better efforts and Watson delivers a perfect pop performance. But the song's inclusion seems like a calculated effort by Watson to obtain the massive U.S. audience that his North American counterpart, Josh Groban, has already lassoed. To further invite comparison, Watson has included one of Groban's hit songs, "You Raise Me Up," as if to say "here's my version, take your pick." Frankly, Groban's is the better choice, but that is not to say Watson can't acquire a similar following. Amore Musica may not be the disc that does this for him, since it lacks a standout signature track -- something that Groban has been blessed with twice. However, the disc is Watson's most consistent effort thus far. His choice to move further away from true classical pieces is a good decision as his tenor seems better suited to modern pieces like the inspirational "La Fiamma Sacra" or the alluring duet with Lara Fabian "The Alchemist," a theatrical song that sounds like a lost treasure from Broadway's Miss Saigon or Chess get this man a show!. Sounding more confident than ever with a renewed voice and a new outlook, Russell Watson is moving in the right direction and Amore Musica is a welcome return.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947568483
  • Catalog Number: 000443902
  • Sales rank: 383,358

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Russell Watson Primary Artist
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Nicholas Dodd Conductor
Tracie Ackerman Background Vocals
Simon Franglen Keyboards
Alistair Gordon Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tony Hinnigan Penny Whistle
Steve Menzies Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Dean Parks Guitar
Simon Hale Conductor
Dave Keary Guitar
Jean-Félix Lalanne Guitar
Gary Barlow Keyboards
Paul Bateman Conductor
Matt Dunkley Conductor
Eddie Hession Accordion
Sue Quin Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Steve Butler Vocals
Steve Piggott Keyboards
Russell Watson Vocals
Robert White uillean pipes
James Shenton Fiddle
Technical Credits
Nicholas Dodd Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Josh Abbey Engineer
Carter Burwell Composer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Simon Franglen Arranger, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production, Choir Arrangement
Alistair Gordon Producer
Eliot Kennedy Composer
Frank Musker Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Hans Zimmer Composer
Geoff Foster Engineer
Simon Hale Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Robbie Adams Engineer
Gary Barlow Composer, Programming
Paul Mosley Executive Producer
Gavin Greenaway Composer
Rolf Lovland Composer
Matteo Saggese Composer
Mino Vergnaghi Composer
Nick Wollage Engineer
Ronan Hardiman Composer
Yvan Cassar Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Nicholas Brodszky Composer
Eric Levi Composer
Antonio Galbiati Composer
Angela Lupino Composer
Deke Arlon Management
Vincenzo Russo Composer
Cheope Composer
Steve Piggott Programming
Brendan Graham Composer
Jon Bailey Engineer
Russell Watson Composer
Jenny O'Grady Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice, But Not the Old Russell!

    I ran out and bought this CD immediately. Much to my surprise, the songs and voice were very nice, BUT NOT THE VOICE!! I see that he says that he Rebuilt his voice How sad when he WAS THE VOICE, and not just a nice voice. I feel that this CD does not capture the richness of his voice when he started out. I saw him in person when he first came out and I was BLOWN AWAY. Please Russell, don't change your REAL voice for anyone Be who you really are. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST OF THE BEST

    I wish Russell Watson could record a new CD every month. Couldnt wait for the U.S. release so purchased it when it first came out in the UK last October. Amore Musica is Russell Watson at his very best singing. He sings each song and makes it his own. I have Russell Watson's CD's and DVD from NZ which I watch over and over again .There is no voice here in the USA as good as Russell'voice. Amore Musica is Russell's BEST CD TO DATE His voice is very unique as he can sing every song out there on the market and make it his own. This is Russell's MOST BEAUTIFUL RECORDING TO DATE and we expect many more CD's from him because Russell is THE VERY BEST!!!! RUSHe sure can hit the high notes and hold them.To think along with that beautiful unique voice comes a handsome guy with a billion dollar smile and a great showman. BRAVO RUSSELL!!!! I loved his duet with Lara Fabian....The Alchemist....their voices together are very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Voice Does It Again!!!!

    With Amore Musica, Russell Watson has come out to shine once again!! This time his voice is stronger than ever and more mature. He certainly is coming into his own with these brilliant renditions. Keep the records coming, Russell!! We can't get enough of your wonderful voice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RUSSELL IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER

    You must buy this album for yourself and your friends. Russell sings with every bit of his heart and soul in this album. Close your eyes and give it your full attention, and when you are finished, you will agree that Russell is the best tenor in the world. I have all his albums, but he has topped himself with this beautiful mixture of songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HE'S BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER

    How great it was to get this CD early and enjoy a voice that I had missed so very much. His voice is great - no one would even know surgery had been holding him back. Can hardly wait for a concert!!!

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