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Nothing Else Matters
     

Nothing Else Matters

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by Lee Mead
 
Like fellow Andrew Lloyd Webber talent show winner Connie Fisher, Essex vocalist Lee Mead has successfully crossed over to the pop charts, alongside treading the boards in some of the West End's most popular stage shows. Following his self-titled Top 20 debut album, released on the back of his victory

Overview

Like fellow Andrew Lloyd Webber talent show winner Connie Fisher, Essex vocalist Lee Mead has successfully crossed over to the pop charts, alongside treading the boards in some of the West End's most popular stage shows. Following his self-titled Top 20 debut album, released on the back of his victory in the BBC talent search to find the new lead for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, his follow-up, Nothing Else Matters, continues to distance his recording career from his theater background. Produced by Graham Stack (Rod Stewart), its combination of new compositions and cover versions of contemporary AOR classics is a far cry from the traditional show tunes that catapulted him to stardom. Indeed, rather than the John Barrowman or Michael Ball-style collection of musical favorites and traditional standards one might have expected, Nothing Else Matters instead is a commercial radio-friendly affair that echoes the anthemic acoustic pop of Take That's triumphant comeback, particularly on the huge chorus of the opening title track and "Breathe You Out," one of two tracks co-written by Mead. Elsewhere, "When the Stars Go Blue" is a sweetly performed duet with soprano Hayley Westenra that recalls the commercial country of Lady Antebellum, "Everything I Left Behind" is a gorgeous melodic ballad with shades of Ronan Keating's early output, and "Time to Say Goodbye" is an epic orchestral tale of heartbreak that showcases Mead's warm and powerful vocal tones. Indeed, considering the strength of its original material, the decision to include four cover versions seems both pointless and unnecessary. Whether it's a lack of faith in his songwriting skills or a slight concession to his reality show days, the likes of Spandau Ballet's "Through the Barricades," Extreme's "More Than Words," and Train's "Drops of Jupiter" are all given the same unimaginative karaoke treatment that undermines his apparent credible artist ambitions. Nothing Else Matters may disappoint fans hoping for an album full of well-known numbers from his day job, but if Mead could have a little more courage in his convictions, there's no reason why both his pop and stage career can't satisfy two very different audiences.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/2009
Label:
Polydor Uk
UPC:
0602517990753
catalogNumber:
1799075

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Mead   Primary Artist
Ian Thomas   Drums
Chris Braide   Background Vocals
Matt Walters   Drums
Pete Woodroffe   Drums,Keyboards
Trevor Barry   Bass
Graham Stack   Guitar,Keyboards
Adam Phillips   Guitar
Perry Mason   Leader
Dana Myzer   Drums
Nina Woodford   Background Vocals
Mark Read   Background Vocals
Cliff Masterson   Piano
Hayley Westenra   Background Vocals
Charlie Grant   Bass,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Nuno Bettencourt   Composer
Chris Braide   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Gary Cherone   Composer
Gary Kemp   Composer
Andy Marvel   Composer
Benny Wood   Drum Recordings
Pete Woodroffe   Composer,Programming,Producer
Graham Stack   Programming,Producer
Julian Gallagher   Composer
Scott Underwood   Composer
Charlie Colin   Composer
Rob Hotchkiss   Composer
Jimmy Stafford   Composer
Dimitri Ehrlich   Composer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Ian Tilley   Vocal Recording
Nina Woodford   Composer
Howie Day   Composer
Cliff Masterson   String Arrangements
Shelly Poole   Composer
Adam Argyle   Composer
Charlie Grant   Composer,Producer
Lee Mead   Composer
Matt Furmidge   Engineer
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Composer

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Nothing Else Matters 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Lster More than 1 year ago
Lee Mead's vocals have a wide range and he has a wonderful quality to his voice. If you like Josh Groban you will love Lee Mead.