This Is the Moment

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Donny Osmond has long reinvented his show-biz persona from teenybopper idol of the past to mainstream popular singer. True to its name, This Is the Moment, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, may be Osmond's finest moment as a mature vocal artist. The album concentrates on up-to-the-moment Broadway songs including selections from Seussical, Aida, the revamped Saturday Night Fever, Rent, and the newest Andrew Lloyd-Webber show The Beautiful Game. There are also well-chosen songs from Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Guys and Dolls, the film Toy Story, and the Celtic musical extravaganza Riverdance. Throughout, Osmond sounds assured, comfortable, and well nigh delighted to be...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Donny Osmond has long reinvented his show-biz persona from teenybopper idol of the past to mainstream popular singer. True to its name, This Is the Moment, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, may be Osmond's finest moment as a mature vocal artist. The album concentrates on up-to-the-moment Broadway songs including selections from Seussical, Aida, the revamped Saturday Night Fever, Rent, and the newest Andrew Lloyd-Webber show The Beautiful Game. There are also well-chosen songs from Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Guys and Dolls, the film Toy Story, and the Celtic musical extravaganza Riverdance. Throughout, Osmond sounds assured, comfortable, and well nigh delighted to be interpreting such first-class material. Two enchanting duets, one with Vanessa Williams ("Not While I'm Around") and the other with Rosie O'Donnell ("You've Got a Friend in Me"), add spice to an altogether buoyant project.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Donny Osmond has a tendency to take decades off from his recording career. He let most of the 1980s go by, presumably to clear the air after his teen idol days of the 1970s, before re-launching himself as a dance-pop singer with his self-titled Capitol album in 1989, then took off most of the '90s after the relative disappointment of its follow-up, Eyes Don't Lie. In the meantime, he gained a measure of legitimacy as a musical theater performer with a long-running portrayal of the title character in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. By the end of the decade, with the cancellation of the syndicated talk show he shared with his sister Marie, Osmond was again available to take another chance in the record stores. And so, here is This Is the Moment, the concept of which is to take show tunes of various vintages and given them contemporary pop arrangements. Of course, that's what pop artists used to do all the time with show music, until it fell out of favor at the end of the 1960s. Osmond and veteran producer Phil Ramone may not be trying to resurrect that tradition so much as they are trying to craft a new, more respectable image for Osmond as an adult contemporary performer. Hence, in one of the more radical restatements of a song, arranger/conductor Rob Mounsey provides a setting for the 50-year-old "Luck Be a Lady" from Guys & Dolls that sounds like nothing so much as a track from a 1970s Steely Dan album, complete with funky rhythms and a punchy horn chart. That sort of thing can backfire, of course it makes you think about what Osmond was singing when "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" was a hit, but for the most part, Osmond and Ramone select show songs from recent years that already have a pop element to them, such as "Seasons of Love" from Rent and "This Is the Moment" from Jekyll & Hyde, so they are halfway to their goal already. Osmond clearly has learned a lot about singing from his stage work, but he still employs a pop singer's sense of feel over a stage singer's desire to convey meaning. Oddly, the staginess of his approach derives more from his pop background than his theater work; he never for a second sounds like he's really feeling anything. This artificiality is accentuated by the timbre of his light, flexible tenor. Decca Broadway seems to have chosen "Seasons of Love" as the album's emphasis track and is probably holding the duet with Vanessa Williams on Sweeney Todd's "Not While I'm Around" in reserve, but those aren't really the likeliest candidates to break this album. Osmond just doesn't nail the former, and the latter was a bad casting idea -- Osmond and Williams' voices are too similar. Rather, the real chances for hits are Whistle Down the Wind's "No Matter What" which scored for Boyzone in the U.K., though they flopped with it in the U.S. and Saturday Night Fever's "Immortality." These are highly melodic, lightly rhythmic ballads perfectly suited to Osmond's voice and approach. This Is the Moment is both the best Donny Osmond album ever made and conclusive evidence that the former teen idol, who was 43 when it was released, is never going to be more than a pleasant, modestly talented singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2001
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 044001305221
  • Catalog Number: 013052
  • Sales rank: 160,954

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Seasons of Love (4:03)
  2. 2 This Is the Moment (4:15)
  3. 3 Luck Be a Lady (4:03)
  4. 4 Our Kind of Love (3:44)
  5. 5 It's Possible (3:54)
  6. 6 At the Edge of the World (3:50)
  7. 7 Not While I'm Around - Vanessa Williams (4:10)
  8. 8 Solla Sollew (3:43)
  9. 9 No Matter What (4:38)
  10. 10 Immortality (4:33)
  11. 11 I Know the Truth (3:59)
  12. 12 You've Got a Friend in Me - Rosie O'Donnell (2:28)
  13. 13 Give My Regards to Broadway (5:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Donny Osmond Primary Artist
Vanessa Williams Track Performer
Robbie Kondor Keyboards
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Elton John Composer
George M. Cohan Composer
Jim Steinman Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Robbie Kondor Arranger
Phil Ramone Producer
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Bill Whelan Composer
Frank Wildhorn Composer
Stephen Flaherty Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    great listening

    Donny does a great job with these songs. It is easy to listen to and very understandable. He sounds very comfortable with the songs on this cd. I recommend it to anyone who wants to listen to good music.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Donny Osmond -Alive and Great

    I have listened to the songs many times and feel that they do great justice for Donny Osmond. I feel that they show a great range of his voice and ability to sing all types of songs not just pop songs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really Enjoyable!

    Donny's latest album is pleasing to the ear. It's nice to listen to a performer and be able to understand all the words! Donny sounds like he's finally comfortable in performing and is enjoying what he's doing. Keep it up, Donny!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I Love this CD. Donny Osmond does a realy good job as always.

    I Love this CD. Donny Osmond does a realy good job as always.
    He has got such a great voice.
    I highly reccomend this.

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