The Voice by David Phelps
|1. I Want To Know What Love Is|
|4. Nessun Dorma|
|5. End Of The Line|
|7. Unchained Melody|
|9. Angel Band|
|10. Fly To You|
|11. Your Love|
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Reviewed by Matthew Cordle
This showcase of nine classic covers and two original songs is a benchmark of David's singing career, and the track listing/instrumentation implies a set list for candidates on America's Got Talent! David, one-time Gaither Vocal Band singer and now a top CCM star, has a huge vocal range and a control of delivery that allows him to belt out Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is" one minute and then almost whisper on "Moonlight" while retaining a wonderfully rich timbre. Unfortunately, there is a tendency to massively overload the arrangements with instrumentation whereas more restraint in production would have allowed David's voice to shine more. Sometimes though the orchestral embellishments work, as in "End Of The Line" which sounds as if it was written for a Bond film, complete with twanging guitar. "Higher" is a melding of dance and orchestral styles that doesn't work too well - sounds a bit too like 'Hooked On Classics' to be taken seriously - while the mastering has somewhat massacred most of the songs in the quest for the loudest record, at the expense of dynamic variation. Plus, one could question David even tackling "Nessun Dorma" - he is no Pavarotti. All in all though, despite the weak spots, this album does what it sets out to do and showcases an exceptional vocal stylist even if an album of mainstream song covers can sometimes veer dangerously close to karaoke.
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 50264
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Word Curb 8872332
Release Date: 28 Nov 2008
CD of classic mainstream songs by the CCM star.
Hugely popular tenor David Phelps returns with an album thatís a little different to his previous solo releases. Here he brings his incredible voice to bear on some top inspirational popular hits and songs, giving his take on classics such as Unchained Melody and I Wanna Know What Love Is as well as classical favourites such as Nessun Dorma. With the current popularity of singers such as Josh Groban, Paul Potts and Russell Watson, this album is sure to be a hit.
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