Siempre

Siempre

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by Il Divo
     
 

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If you couldn't get tickets -- or couldn't afford them -- to hear Il Divo perform on Barbra Streisand's 2006 tour, don't worry: The photogenic foursome return to a CD player near you with Siempre, their fourth album of multilingual pop-operatic romance. Fans of Carlos, David, Sebastien, and Urs will get…  See more details below

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If you couldn't get tickets -- or couldn't afford them -- to hear Il Divo perform on Barbra Streisand's 2006 tour, don't worry: The photogenic foursome return to a CD player near you with Siempre, their fourth album of multilingual pop-operatic romance. Fans of Carlos, David, Sebastien, and Urs will get exactly what they've come to expect from the quartet: four gorgeous voices that blend together to equal more than the sum of their parts. But Siempre, largely Latin in flavor, also marks a real breakthrough for the group. Their initial success may have been manufactured by musical mastermind Simon Cowell, but after singing together for a few years, they sound more comfortable, confident, and dynamic than ever. With their unique combination of voices, they can't help but make every song their own -- whether it's a translation of the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin" (Notte di Luce) or of Bryan Adams's "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" (Un Regalo Que Te Dio La Vida), or even the evergreen "Somewhere" from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. If there's any doubt that four voices can be more seductive than one, compare their version of "Caruso" with Josh Groban's or Andrea Bocelli's. But fans will need no convincing that the gentlemen of Il Divo have more than earned their place at the top of the crossover pops.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Continuing their string of overtly sentimental albums, the multinational Il Divo released their fourth (including The Christmas Collection) full-length, Siempre, which contains more of the same Latinized versions of pop songs, as well as some originals (written by their producers). All four Divos sound professional and emotional, especially Spanish baritone Carlos Marin, who seems on the verge of tears every time he opens his mouth. The arrangements for the songs (including West Side Story's "Somewhere" -- the only one that's in English -- and the Italian version of the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin," among others) are always very clean, with soft acoustic guitars and pianos backed by subtle yet swelling strings, adding to the romanticized idea and portrayal of the group. To be fair, all four are very talented vocalists, and they manage to make Bryan Adams' "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" sound even more profound and sensitive when they sing it in Spanish, and their phrasing on both "Without You" (originally made famous by Harry Nilsson) and Lucio Dalla's "Caruso" (with some of the lyrics cut out, despite the fact they're all listed in the album booklet) is excellent, drawn out to pull as much emotion as possible from each of the songs. Siempre is exactly what you would expect from Il Divo, so if you want more of what they've already given, it should be a satisfying record.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886970267328
catalogNumber:
702673

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Il Divo   Primary Artist
John Miles   Piano
Andrew Powell   Conductor
Paul Gendler   Guitar
Henrik Janson   Acoustic Guitar,Conductor
Dave Arch   Piano
David Krueger   Percussion,Keyboards
Steve Mac   Synthesizer
Thomas Lindberg   Bass
Per Magnusson   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Mats Berntoft   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris Laws   Drums
Gustave Lund   Percussion
Chippe Karlosson   Percussion
David Wickström   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion
Fridrik "Frizzy" Karlsson   Guitar
Uli Janson   Conductor

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Justin Hayward   Composer
Michael Kamen   Composer
John Miles   Composer
Andrew Powell   Orchestral Arrangements
Armando Manzanero   Adaptation
Lucio Dalla   Composer
Henrik Janson   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Composer
Rudy Pérez   Composer
Ren Swan   Engineer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Dave Arch   Orchestral Arrangements
David Krueger   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Lee McCutcheon   Engineer
Matteo Saggese   Composer
Steve Mac   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Per Magnusson   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane   Composer
Chris Laws   Engineer
Gustave Lund   Programming
Daniel Pursey   Engineer
Vlado Meller   Mastering
John Reid   Composer
Pititis   Composer
Mario Frangoulis   Composer
Il Divo   Vocal Arrangements
Cheope   Composer
Matt Brooke   Artwork
Chippe Karlosson   Programming
David Wickström   Programming
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Carlos Andres Alcaraz Gomez   Composer
Fredrik Andersson   Engineer

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Siempre 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE MUSIC IS WONDERFUL, HOWEVER, CANNOT PLAY THE DVD IN AMERICA! JUST A
HEADS UP!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD even through I don't understand what their language in the songs. They sing beautifully.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We've been il Divo fans from the start but I tell you, this is their best work to date. The voices are getting stronger with each album and the rhythm of this one really catches you! Woah - watch out for those high notes!
gilbertteacher More than 1 year ago
I love the way the men start out softly or singly and then all join in with such power. Some of their songs bring instant tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They have amazing voices and perform well together. Most songs are in a foreign language so you need to not be bothered by this. I'm not. I just love the music.
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