Helmut Lotti - The Crooners

2006-11-30 14:56
 


The Belgian’s latest offering is a double CD, with covers of some of the best-loved hits from America’s big band era and some of his own newly-created hits in typical crooner style.

If you love songs like “Everybody Loves Somebody”, “Mandolins in the Moonlight”, “What a Wonderful World”, “Moon River” and “That’s Amore” you’ll thoroughly enjoy the first CD of this album, named The American Way.

Most of the songs sound precisely like the originals instrumentally, and the style in which it is sung is a faithful reproduction of those familiar classics. But instead of Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong’s voices you get Helmut Lotti’s – a good thing if you’re a fan.

Lotti interprets most of these romantic ballads in a soft and even intimate way. He does his best to keep the interpretations as close to the originals as possible, which works well for most songs. But there are a few weaknesses; on Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore”, his voice isn’t always deep and powerful enough to pull it off.

On the second CD, under the title “My Way” Lotti composes 12 romantic ballads of his own. These songs stay true to the style and might as well have been written during those heydays of crooning, too.

Except for a few songs where Lotti impersonates a well-dressed Belgian Elvis, most of the songs are slower in pace and have a more classical feel to them than the ballads on The American Way. Basically, The American Way is for dancing and My Way is for easy listening.

Both “My Way” and “The American Way” contain one duet each. Lotti sings his original composition “There’s A Sparkle In Your Eyes” with Hayley Westenra. “True Love”, which became famous with Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly, is sung with Isabelle Adam.

The album is perfect for background music during the Christmas season and is something your parents and even you’re grandma will enjoy.

- Annel Malan

WHAT OTHER REVIEWERS SAID

I really don’t get the Helmut Lotti fixation that most South Africans seem to carry for the Belgian artist. Without fail, every release of his seems to sell en masse, and I have no doubt that this one will too. This time round, Lotti is trying his hand at crooning, and there are two CDs worth of material. I am really not sure why anyone should buy this album (although I know many will) as Lotti adds nothing new to his covers of some of the world’s most-loved hits.
Cathryn Pearman-Owens, The Citizen


The Belgian’s latest offering is a double CD, with covers of some of the best-loved hits from America’s big band era and some of his own newly-created hits in typical crooner style.

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