Letters Home

Letters Home

by The Soldiers

CD

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Overview

Letters Home

Having scored one of the surprise successes of 2009, three-piece vocal group the Soldiers, who have all previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan, return with the follow-up, Letters Home. Unsurprisingly, it sticks to the same winning formula of Coming Home, with renditions of classic, well-known tracks from MOR acts of the '70s and '80s. Given the circumstances surrounding the album, and the fact that part of its proceeds are being donated to various veteran charities, it seems churlish to criticize its clichéd track list. Nevertheless, the likes of the War Child albums prove that emotional messages don't always have to be conveyed through formulaic and overfamiliar standards. By tackling the likes of Rod Stewart's "Have I Told You Lately," the Beatles' "Yesterday," and Elton John's "Your Song," it's hard to differentiate the Soldiers from the thousands of karaoke singers who perform the same songs every weekend. Having toured with various Army bands, the trio undoubtedly possess musical talent, but their overearnest tones regularly veer into lounge singer territory, while their bland acoustic productions render much of the album indistinguishable. But despite its lack of invention, the album is capable of stirring emotion, particularly on opener "I Will Carry You," which features servicemen and women based in Helmund Province on backing vocals. And for anyone longing for an unlikely Robson & Jerome comeback, Letters Home confirms that the Soldiers are the next best thing.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2010
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 5052498262229
catalogNumber: 9826222

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Soldiers   Primary Artist
Hugh Burns   Guitar
Nick Patrick   Percussion,Keyboards
Julian Stringle   Saxophone,tin whistle
Jake Hook   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Caroline Koustsoudes   Background Vocals
Billie Dunlevy   Background Vocals
Lance Corporal Ruan Idzi   Group Member
Francis Hains   Keyboards
Richie Maddocks   Group Member
Gary Chilton   Group Member

Technical Credits

Elton John   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Billy Preston   Composer
Rod Stewart   Composer
John Waite   Composer
Michael Kamen   Composer
Mac Gayden   Composer
Buzz Cason   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Bruce Fisher   Composer
Gary Kemp   Composer
Mark Leonard   Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
Frank Musker   Composer
Nick Patrick   Producer,Concept
Cole Porter   Composer
Pete Schwier   Engineer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Tony Downes   Composer
Rolf Lovland   Composer
Charles Sandford   Composer
Calvin Lewis   Composer
Jake Hook   Arranger,Programming
Brendan Graham   Composer
James Wright   Composer
Mike Hazlewood   Composer
Jeff Chegwin   Composer,Executive Producer,Concept
Louis Hammond   Composer
Francis Hains   Arranger,Programming

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