[NEW RELEASES]Andrew Johnston
Andrew Johnston is the prepubescent choir boy who placed third in reality TV show “Britain’s Got Talent” and had the gall to take on Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven,” John Lennon’s “Imagine” and choral classic “Pie Jesu.”
Holding his album in my hand, I was skeptical to say the least.
Any doubts I had about this young man melted away completely during his first track. At thirteen years of age, this young Brit has truer talent than hoards of his musical elders, and a voice so pure I defy you not to be touched. All songs on the album have been arranged with integrity and an acute sense of what suits Johnston’s voice best, especially “Panis Angelicus” and “Agnus Dei.”
The vulnerability of this One Voice makes for a haunting musical experience. The world of classical music is indeed his oyster, until his voice breaks, of course. Let’s hope his pipes survive puberty.
By Kate Leaver
Label: Sony Music