Letters Home

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Having scored one of the surprise successes of 2009, three-piece vocal group the Soldiers, who have all previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan, return with the follow-up, Letters Home. Unsurprisingly, it sticks to the same winning formula of Coming Home, with renditions of classic, well-known tracks from MOR acts of the '70s and '80s. Given the circumstances surrounding the album, and the fact that part of its proceeds are being donated to various veteran charities, it seems churlish to criticize its clichéd track list. Nevertheless, the likes of the War Child albums prove that emotional messages don't always have to be conveyed through formulaic and overfamiliar ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Having scored one of the surprise successes of 2009, three-piece vocal group the Soldiers, who have all previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan, return with the follow-up, Letters Home. Unsurprisingly, it sticks to the same winning formula of Coming Home, with renditions of classic, well-known tracks from MOR acts of the '70s and '80s. Given the circumstances surrounding the album, and the fact that part of its proceeds are being donated to various veteran charities, it seems churlish to criticize its clichéd track list. Nevertheless, the likes of the War Child albums prove that emotional messages don't always have to be conveyed through formulaic and overfamiliar standards. By tackling the likes of Rod Stewart's "Have I Told You Lately," the Beatles' "Yesterday," and Elton John's "Your Song," it's hard to differentiate the Soldiers from the thousands of karaoke singers who perform the same songs every weekend. Having toured with various Army bands, the trio undoubtedly possess musical talent, but their overearnest tones regularly veer into lounge singer territory, while their bland acoustic productions render much of the album indistinguishable. But despite its lack of invention, the album is capable of stirring emotion, particularly on opener "I Will Carry You," which features servicemen and women based in Helmund Province on backing vocals. And for anyone longing for an unlikely Robson & Jerome comeback, Letters Home confirms that the Soldiers are the next best thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • Label: Warner Bros Uk
  • EAN: 5052498262229
  • Catalog Number: 9826222
  • Sales rank: 141,029

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Soldiers Primary Artist
Hugh Burns Guitar
Nick Patrick Percussion, Keyboards
Julian Stringle Saxophone, tin whistle
Jake Hook Keyboards, Background Vocals
Caroline Koustsoudes Background Vocals
Billie Dunlevy Background Vocals
Lance Corporal Ruan Idzi Group Member
Francis Hains Keyboards
Richie Maddocks Group Member
Gary Chilton Group Member
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Billy Preston Composer
Rod Stewart Composer
John Waite Composer
Michael Kamen Composer
Buzz Cason Composer
Eric Clapton Composer
Bruce Fisher Composer
Gary Kemp Composer
Mark Leonard Composer
Van Morrison Composer
Frank Musker Composer
Nick Patrick Producer, Concept
Cole Porter Composer
Pete Schwier Engineer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Tony Downes Composer
Rolf Lovland Composer
Charles Sandford Composer
Calvin Lewis Composer
Jake Hook Arranger, Programming
Brendan Graham Composer
James Wright Composer
Mazen Murad Mastering
Mike Hazlewood Composer
Mack Gayden Composer
Jeff Chegwin Composer, Executive Producer, Concept
Louis Hammond Composer
Francis Hains Arranger, Programming
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