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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Paul Potts' debut album, One Chance, was aptly named, capturing the remarkable circumstances of the former phone salesman's rise to fame during his time on the reality competition show Britain's Got Talent. The album's music also fit Potts' newfound stardom: a mix of light opera, pop and rock songs given the aria treatment, show tunes, and Christmas carols, it was designed to appeal to the widest possible audience while nodding to his passion for opera. Passione, One Chance's follow-up, indulges Potts' first love a little more while keeping the populist bent of his debut. Potts performs Puccini's "E Lucevan le Stelle" and Chopin's "Tristesse" sensitively, revealing that ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Paul Potts' debut album, One Chance, was aptly named, capturing the remarkable circumstances of the former phone salesman's rise to fame during his time on the reality competition show Britain's Got Talent. The album's music also fit Potts' newfound stardom: a mix of light opera, pop and rock songs given the aria treatment, show tunes, and Christmas carols, it was designed to appeal to the widest possible audience while nodding to his passion for opera. Passione, One Chance's follow-up, indulges Potts' first love a little more while keeping the populist bent of his debut. Potts performs Puccini's "E Lucevan le Stelle" and Chopin's "Tristesse" sensitively, revealing that in the two years since One Chance, he has become a polished performer who has developed the mostly raw talent that he displayed on Britain's Got Talent. Yet Potts never feels as slick as another Simon Cowell classical pop creation, Il Divo, even on "opera-fied" versions of well-known songs like "La Prima Volta" ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"), which he handles with as much grace as possible, although the overwrought "Senza Luce" ("A Whiter Shade of Pale") is not one of Passione's finer moments. Aside from missteps like this and the similarly overdone "Piano" ("Memory"), Passione feels more consistent and cohesive than One Chance, and Potts shines on "Un Giorno per Noi" ("A Time for Us"), the Hayley Westenra duet "Sei con Me" ("There for Me"), and "Mamma," which allows him to show off some of the subtler shades in his voice. Now that he's had his chance, Passione suggests that Potts is coming into his own. [This Barnes & Noble Exclusive edition includes the bonus track "Granada."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886975181223
  • Catalog Number: 751812

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Potts Primary Artist, Tenor (Vocal)
Henrik Janson Guitar, Conductor
Peter Ljung Bass, Piano, Keyboards
Anders Von Hofsten Background Vocals
Hayley Westenra Soprano (Vocal)
Czech National Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jiri Hurník Concert Master
Milos Jahoda Cello
Jeanette Olson Background Vocals
Swedish Radio Choir Choir, Chorus
Tomás Brauner Conductor
Jan Chalupecký Conductor
Veronika Novotna Concert Master
Jeanette Ohlsson Background Vocals
Uli Janson Conductor
Technical Credits
Matthew Fisher Songwriter
Rupert Coulson Engineer
Mick Guzauski Vocal Mixing
Henrik Janson Arranger
Charly Ricanek Songwriter
Luca Barbarossa Songwriter
Paul Bateman Arranger
Matteo Saggese Songwriter
Mino Vergnaghi Songwriter
Trevor Nunn Songwriter
T.S. Eliot Text
Carmelo La Bionda Songwriter
Ian Agate Engineer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Vlado Meller Mastering
Josef Larossi Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Contributor, Engineering
James "Cookie" Palmer Songwriter
Giuseppe Giacosa Librettist
Luigi Illica Librettist
Paul Potts Liner Notes
Savan Kotecha Songwriter
Yvie Burnett Vocal Coach
Roberto Ferri Songwriter
Jay Palmer Songwriter
Marcus Bergqvist Engineering
Marcus Mergqvist Engineer, Engineering
Andreas Romdhane Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Contributor, Engineering
Larry Kusik Songwriter
Markus Wiborn Engineer
Uli Janson Arranger
L. Barbarossa Songwriter
Edward Snyder Songwriter
Alfredo Rapetti Songwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A unknown to stardom

    for a man who had no formal training in opera singing he is an amazing talent. Good for Him

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful listening

    This is the male Rocky for singers! He really does have a lovely voice, and I don't think there's anything disappointing on the CD... I would like to hear him do some newer, updated music as well for his next CD... Go Paul!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    ...and soothing for the soul

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Paul Potts proves himself with second CD

    I loved "One chance" and was thrilled he made another CD that is as good if not better than his first. He truly has a wonderful voice. Maybe he'll come my way someday so I can hear him in person.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Most inspiring since Josh Groban and Russel Watson

    Thank you to British Idol. Paul Potts came on and in a very shy manner deivered the most beautiful voice I have heard in a long time. He is amazing and shoud be honored for his courage and determination. Thank you to Simon Cowel for smiling and letting us know how much he enjoyed this glorious voice. Amazing

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    What a Difference!

    The past two years have been spent well. It's obvious that Paul has been under the tutelage of a vocal coach. The raw talent is now smooth and polished but not over-produced. (Il Divo should take note of the last point.)
    All of the tracks are beautiful, but I have a particular fondness for "A Whiter Shade of Pale" and "Mamma".

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