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Embrace your need.
on November 8, 2011
OK, so I'm a little embarrassed at how much I enjoy Il Divo--but honestly, what's not to love? I am a sucker for over the top strings, epic vibrato, and vocal drama, and no one can deliver it like this foursome. Have you ever dreamed of hearing Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" performed with operatic intensity, backed by a full orchestra? Well, here we have it, and it is as completely overwrought as you could ever imagine--but in a good way. That segues directly into an a-capella reverb fest of the guys singing Roy Orbison's "Crying" as if it were a prayer. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" gets the English treatment; the Lloyd Weber touchstone was already a highly dramatized affair, so it doesn't seem as completely surprising an arrangement here. "Time to Say Goodbye", made famous by Bocelli, is sung in both English and Italian, and is treated reverentially. It manages to remind but not make one long for Bocelli's version--it is good enough to stand on its own highly decorated legs.
Is this great music? No, and I know that I am going to make some people upset by saying this. This is music which is perfect when you need drama, drama, drama. It is perfect for crying your eyes out, for feeling overly emotional, for when you need something to listen to as you stand at the top of a very high tower and contemplate the mist shrouded valley far below, your ever approaching mortality, and the long lost love of your life. I would never place this beside Verdi, or Puccini--they are simply different things. But these guys all have beautiful voices, they sing passionately, and the results are great when you need something like this.
This disc is not for the tragically hip. It will probably not appeal to sk8ers, surfers or skydivers. It is for rainy afternoons, for crisp dawns just touched by frost, and for those who cry at Charlotte's Web and Sounder. Five stars for being true to what Il Divo has always set out to do--make beautiful, emotional operatically sung music that is not hard to understand, and is easy to give your heart to. Embrace your need for this sort of music, go ahead, we won't judge, and give it a guilty little spin. You might find yourself doing it more often than you thought.