[NEW RELEASE] Paul Potts, and more
His recently released debut album has soared toward the top of the UK Albums Chart and sold 130,000 copies in its first week.
Even famously nitpicky judge Simon Cowell acknowledged the merits of Potts’s operatic voice. While far from rivaling Pavarotti, Potts, an average English guy who used to sell cell phones, managed to capture people’s hearts with his lifelong dream of becoming an opera singer.
Disc offerings include all-time favorites such as “Nessun Dorma,” the aria from the final act of Puccini’s opera “Turandot;” Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s “Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro)” and Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up (Por Ti Sere),” all with Italian or Spanish lyrics.
For his first step toward realizing his dream, Potts should receive a round of applause for bringing opera back to the masses.
Artist: Paul Potts
Label: Sony BMG
By Lee Eun-joo
Overall, there is a lot of repetition in the songs, creating the perfect low-key ambience for those more interested in sipping cocktails than listening. Strains of saxophone, guitar and the like move back and forth to meld the tracks into a more futuristic, electronica bent. The album draws from so many musical disciplines that the repetitions present in each track doesn’t overpower the album as a whole. “Sleeplessness,” with its xylophone and other percussion instruments, is particularly endearing to the ear. Psypodias does himself proud in this 16-track collection that deserves a perfect 10 from its listeners.
Album: Digging into the buried past
Label: Sony BMG
By Renee Park
The songs all start with booming bass lines that cushion the high-pitch quiver of synth harmonies in minor keys. All the while, Shapiro whispers promises of love. The melodies are stripped of complexities, making the synth solos as distant as an interplanetary soundtrack to “Star Trek” and just as tragic. In “Anorak Christmas,” a cover of Nixon, a Swedish twee-pop band, Shapiro lets out a faint, “Please don’t go, I love you so, I want to kiss you, I need to kiss you,” as if mouthing a spell. Her voice is too soft to be hopeful and thus tends to drown in foggy-eyed nostalgia.
Artist: Sally Shapiro
By Cho Jae-eun