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Portraits

3.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Cold Genius
  2. Falling
  3. Sa Alma
  4. Heaven
  5. The Answer
  6. Samsara
  7. The Fifth Season
  8. Adeo
  9. Voices
  10. Feel Low
  11. Stars & Sky


Product Details

  • 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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By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Higher Octave takes the reins as we journey through the catacombs of Opera, High/Mass Chants and blends of New Age thus we have "Portraits", featuring Thomas Otten who is so overwhelming that the hair on the back of your neck will stand on end. I'm a purist when it comes to some music and this certainly fits the bill ~ his amazing voice takes on another realm of music categories, that even the most educated individual in this field would be stymied.
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)
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I PUT THOMAS OTTEN UP THERE WITH IL DIVO. I CAN LISTEN TO THEM FOR EVER AND A DAY.
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Loved the music, very moving and quality of CD was excellent considering it was previously enjoyed.
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Incredible voice. Reminds me of castrati voice only with a much warmer tone. Like a great non-peaty scotch.
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When Thomas Otten's "Closer to Silence" came out, many classical countertenors were either amused, horrified or grateful that someone was mixing a "dead" vocal style with contemporary sounds and studio production work. Otten's first album WAS quite intriguing, in a slick, heavily produced and multi layered way. It was almost as if the producers wanted to make an album so produced and "shiny" that the countertenor voice on the tracks was of secondary importance.

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.
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