Paul Potts - Passione

2009-05-20 16:53
You may have been one of the million or so people who received a YouTube link to Pott's reality show debut, and shed a few tears as he hit the high notes on "Nessun Dorma". If so, then get the tissues ready because his long-awaited second album is as dramatic, impassioned and uplifting as the rules of opera dictate.

As with his debut album One Chance, the songs that have been selected feature an easy-going mix of opera arias, stage musical numbers and pop standards. So don’t feel alienated if our experience of opera amounts to the fact that it's in a language you don’t understand and it can go on for a bit.

This is stunning music rendered with grace and passion by someone who clearly loves the stuff. It's no more evident than on the gorgeously heartbreaking theme song "Un Giorno Per Noi (A Time For Us)" from Franco Zeffirelli's equally devastating 1968 film Romeo and Juliet. There can never be enough interpretations of "A White Shade of Pale" (here re-titled "Senza Luce" to give it a bit of operatic class) and Potts' performance is a powerhouse.

No musical tribute is complete without an Elaine Page reference, of course, hence the inclusion of "Memory" from Cats, as well as a beautiful duet with opera prodigy Hayley Westernra.

Not many albums can be easily characterised as beautiful, but that's exactly what Passione is.

Before there was Susan Boyle, the frumpy middle-aged nobody who became a YouTube sensation with her jaw-drop performance on Britain's Got Talent last month, there was Paul Potts, a cellphone salesman who looks as bland as he sounds, but happens to rock a pretty impressive tenor behind it all.

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