The Voice

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Factory laborer turned pop star Russell Watson breaks into the classical crossover world with his debut album, The Voice. A working-class lad from the north of England, Watson refers to his voice in the third person hence the title, and it is a fine instrument -- full and resonant, yet unforced -- for someone so young and relatively unpracticed. Showing the promise of this rising star, the album's eclectic program puts Watson's voice to the test by drawing on Italian songs "Funiculí -- funiculá," "Non ti scordar di me," "Nella fantasia" and pop standards "Bridge over Troubled Water," "Vienna". Two other inclusions, "Caruso" and "Miserere," have both been recorded by ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Factory laborer turned pop star Russell Watson breaks into the classical crossover world with his debut album, The Voice. A working-class lad from the north of England, Watson refers to his voice in the third person hence the title, and it is a fine instrument -- full and resonant, yet unforced -- for someone so young and relatively unpracticed. Showing the promise of this rising star, the album's eclectic program puts Watson's voice to the test by drawing on Italian songs "Funiculí -- funiculá," "Non ti scordar di me," "Nella fantasia" and pop standards "Bridge over Troubled Water," "Vienna". Two other inclusions, "Caruso" and "Miserere," have both been recorded by Andrea Bocelli and hold their own against crossover's other heartthrob tenor. A pair of celebrated opera arias are thrown into the mix as well -- Verdi's "La donna è mobile," Puccini's "Nessun dorma," as an encore -- and show Watson's potential to match the vocal powers of those famous tenors three. The album moves in other directions, too, with "Pelagia's Song" from the movie Captain Corelli's Mandolin and a series of duets. New age diva Marie Brennan Enya's sister joins him for the ethereal "Saylon Dola"; English R&B star Cleopatra Higgins adds some vocal power on the multilingual ballad "Someone Like You"; and Happy Monday frontman Shaun Ryder lends some hip attitude to the dazzlingly ornate, Freddy Mercury-ish "Barcelona." Watson may be a bit green around the edges -- his Italian would never be mistaken for a native's. But his voice is undeniably good, and a bit more time spent with a vocal coach will make him a smooth proposition indeed. Watch out, Brightman and Bocelli: Russell Watson is here.
All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The liner notes to the powerful tenor's overwhelmingly emotional debut begin with the assertion that "Russell Watson is a freak." Well, he looks like a normal 27-year-old from a working-class town in England, but what makes him "freaky" is having such an intensely powerful voice at such a young age and his grip of operatic Italian is a bit unusual, too. Most likely, the promotional efforts -- which find the handsome singer looking like he's in a GQ ad -- will focus on getting this classic opera material to be heard and appreciated by a younger crowd. The concept here is "opera with a twist," a happy idea where "Nessun Dorma" and "Amor Ti Vieta" play comfortably alongside pop standards like Freddie Mercury's 1992 Olympic theme "Barcelona" a rock-influenced duet with Shaun Ryder and "Vienna," a number two hit for Ultravox in 1981. Compared to his effortless tackling of so much challenging material -- not to mention the beautiful swells by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra -- a cover of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" comes across as a bit staid, but it's still a version that brings out as much emotion as possible. Other featured material includes "Nella Fantasia," "Ricordo Ancor" from Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and duets with Maire Brennan and Cleopatra Higgins. Even if the thought of opera makes you cringe, Watson is still an amazing artist who might just convert you for an hour or so.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2001
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946869529
  • Catalog Number: 468695
  • Sales rank: 18,132

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nella Fantasia
  2. 2 Amor ti Vieta
  3. 3 Ricordo Ancor
  4. 4 Caruso
  5. 5 Miserere
  6. 6 Panis Angelicus
  7. 7 Non ti Scordar di me
  8. 8 La Donna E Mobile
  9. 9 Saylon Dola - Marie Brennan
  10. 10 Someone Like You - Cleopatra Higgins
  11. 11 Bridge Over Troubled Water
  12. 12 Vienna
  13. 13 Funiculi - Funicula
  14. 14 Barcelona - Shaun Ryder
  15. 15 Nessun Dorma!
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Russell Watson Primary Artist, Vocals
Richard Harvey Flute
Richard Cottle Keyboards
Caroline Dale Cello
Geoff Dugmore Drums
Nick Ingman Conductor
Pino Palladino Bass
Shaun Ryder Vocals
Jonn Savannah Background Vocals
John Themis Bass, Guitar, Percussion
Moya Brennan Track Performer
Jenny O'Grady Choir Master
Cleo Higgins Track Performer
Technical Credits
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Contributor
Clive Black Conception Supervisor
Richard Cottle Programming
Chris Dibble Engineer
Alistair Gordon Arranger, Producer, Vocal Producer
Nick Ingman Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
The London Session Orchestra Contributor
Steve McNicol Programming
Mark Millington Art Direction
Nick Patrick Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
Pete Schwier Engineer
Leon Zervos Mastering
Rick Blaskey Conception Supervisor
Stephen Warbeck Producer
Renato Simoni Composer
Giuseppe Adami Composer
Metro Voices Contributor
David Maurice Programming
Domenico Furno Composer
Russell Watson Composer
Ernesto de Curtis Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Singer

    Russell Watson has a strong voice, it can get a bit nassal on "ah" vowels but he has a strong voice, and he can't really be compaired to Josh Groban, since Groban is a baritone, and Watson is a tenor. Get the CD, he has a beautiful voice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    That's what I'd like to know...what VOICE?

    Who thinks this guy has talent? A voice, yes. He is one of the many who can carry a tune. If this is what's making CDs today, anyone can make an album. (But then of course, you don't have to be talented to make money. Take American Idol for instance...) Hey, I could make a CD! Please, this isn't worth spending money on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nella Fantasia

    Amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He may not have THE Voice but he certainly has the VOICE

    ... and the charms to go with it!! Am loving all his 3 albums right now. Though from the reviews he is appreciated more for the ubiquitous arias that he sings, I'd say he takes Bridge Over Troubled Water, Vienna, You Are So Beautiful, Somewhere and The Living Years to new hights! Hey, he ressurected that "cheesy" song Volare (killed to death by wedding signers!) by making it sound good!! Him doing Bohemian Rhapsody encapsulates the cross-over wonder that he is, in a nut-shell. But overall, these are wonderful albums to kick-off your shoes and chill to after a hard day at the office.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Critics" notwithstanding

    I see where the critics are trying to knock him down, why I don't know. But they do the same thing with Andrea Bocelli and I can't figure that out either. Frankly I enjoy his music tremendously and wish he would do a tour in the US.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What voice?

    There's nothing significant about this guy's voice. He lacks originality. One third of the songs on this cd have already been sung (and alot better) by Church, Bochelli, etc. Watson sounds like an ameteur, because he is one. "The Voice" is nothing but a conceited title for a bad job. I would only reccomend this guy for beginners in opera.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eh, he's okay

    Watson is okay for beginners in opera, but he's really not THAT great. He lacks originality. I don't think "The Voice" is an appropriate title for his CD. (How about "The Ameteur?")

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE THING NEVER HEARD BEFORE

    WOW WHAT A GREAT VOICE N WHAT A GREAT MUSIC.CLAP CLAP.BRILLIANT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "The Voice" that touches me so deeply.

    I purchased "The Voice" CD after hearing just a few lines of "Nella fantasia" on TV. I had never listen to opera before, but there was something about this voice that captivated me. I have to admit the sound of opera was so foreign to me but listened through anyway. After listening to CD 3 times, I was in tears - this man's voice touched me so deeply. After getting totally hooked on Russell's voice I visiting his site and saw that there was a new CD called "Encore" soon to be released in the UK. This CD will be released here in the States on September 1, 2002. I very much enjoy every song on this new CD as well. His voice has become stronger, but delivers the same touching sound. I strongly recommend buying anything done by Russell Watson. Lisa

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb

    I love Russell Watsons' voice. He is truely amazing with such a range in singing styles. If you like Andrea Bocelli style get this CD, he is great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Miss Out -- Experience 'The Voice' For Yourself!

    If you're thinking about purchasing Russell Watson's debut album, don't second guess yourself: buy it today! Russell Watson truly has an amazing voice and whether you like pop music or classical arias, you will not be disappointed with this disc. Even if you've never experienced classical music before, this CD is a great introduction to a gorgeous genre of music. If you love Russell's debut, make sure to check out his new CD, 'Encore', due out here in the US September 24th. I went ahead and imported a copy from England awhile ago & it was *defiantly* worth every penny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Voice is Outstanding and it stands alone

    It is rediculous and insulting to say this voice needs vocal training! Only one with no classical sense, an untrained ear or canal's filled with cotton would say such. I study voice and have a vocal coach now. The integrity of the Italian language in the arias, and classical songs Russell performs on this album are practicaly flawless recordings. They would probably be even better if you heard him live. He had a spellbound audience at the Taj Mahal. The little training Russell did have and all the karioki he sang at local pubs in England only enhanced and brought out ''The Voice'' that was already there. You have to no a good voice and be able to appreciate a great artist before you can be a critic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome

    His remake of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (one of my all-time favorite songs) made me cry it was so beautiful. That song alone is worth five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A voice without warmth or soul

    Russel Watson's mechanical and disjointed singing falls way short of the standard expected for an amateur chorus let alone operatic star status. Try listening to Roberto ALagna for techincal ability. Although he also has not the warmth of Lanza or Domingo. Unfortunatley the sound engineer is king- not the singer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sensational!

    The power of his voice! The quality!He is the brightest new rising star.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VOICE I'VE EVER HEARD!

    I heard Mr. Russell, just by chance (?) soon after 9/11. I've listened over and over again to both his albums, and they have been a beautiful place for me in the midst of all the terror we've seen. I'm hoping so much that I will see him and hear him in person. I would like to tell him what a wonderful place in my life he has become. I can hardly wait for another album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This man is truly blessed with a magic voice

    I first saw Russel on TV a few weeks ago about 1pm. He was singing ''It's Now Or Never'' and I cried my eyes out. Just sensational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just awsome

    The voice is a perfect name for this gifted singer. I love the song Barcelona, Vienna , La Donna E Mobile, these I play real loud, just love them. I listen to him at work everyday and never tire of his beautiful voice. I wish him the best in his future career and hopefully he will have a concert in the U.S.A so I can go and listen to him in person. I am very moved by all of his songs, and I do not believe he is trying to copy anyone else, he is just a gifted and wonderful talent.I also listen to Bocelli but ''the voice'' is my favorite. gb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant

    I have never been a big fan of operatic music, at least not until I heard ''The Voice''. Russell Watson definitely belongs up there. His mix of opera, classical and modern music brings a whole new era in the music world. Can't wait for his next project.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spine Tingling

    I first heard Russell on Good Morning America one morning as I was walking out the door. Chills went up my spine and needless to say I was late for an appointment. ''The Voice'' is one spine tingling chill after another. I love his voice and the images his songs bring to mind. I can't wait until he releases another album. I'll line up days ahead just to get a copy!

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