- Audio CD (May 20, 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Higher Octave
- ASIN: B000095J5U
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Top Customer Reviews
The entire album is priceless (all eleven tracks), his delivery is impeccable and right on the money. Looking forward to future projects from this one-of-kind artists ~ he hits every note without looking back ~ that is the sign of a well-trained singer/performer. Hats off to Higher Octave for releasing this album and to our favorite vocalist ~ THOMAS OTTEN!
Total Time: 42:17 on 11 Tracks ~ Higher Octave 84077 ~ (5/20/2003)
With "Portaits", Otten embraces a wider variety of styles with slightly less studio "shmaltz" behind it. His voice is more to the front in the mixing with less reverb and a more natural sound, which I for one enjoy hearing. If you are looking for a dance/trance new age album, this isn't necessarily going to satisfy you as much as "Closer to Silence". I will say that some of Otten's more dangerous vocal tendencies (extreme cover in the lower registration, depressed larynx, and diaphramatic vibrato) seem to be more prevalent here. I hope that he will continue to record and grow as a vocalist without damaging his voice by trying to "create" a heavier production to the sound as is occasionally heard here. The countertenor voice is slightly more fragile than other male voice fachs and thus needs extra care in maintaining clean technique with proper support and placement.
All in all, an interesting and enjoyable album though. Listen to the sound samples here and on Otten's web page to determine if this album is for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do not waste your time and money on this one. Not even worth hanging from your rear-view mirror. The first ablum shook my world, this one shook my faith in OttenPublished on November 5, 2004 by staratio
I am so thrilled that Thomas Otten made Portraits as I find his voice mesmerizing. After reading some negative reviews I had my doubts about his new release and was unsure after... Read morePublished on January 10, 2004
I awaited a long time for the release of the Thomas Otten second cd. The first cd is a wonderfull cd, it is a work like no one I have ever heard before. Read morePublished on October 1, 2003 by joaomsp