Last week, I brought you a review of Timeless, the new album from musical legend Dave Willetts and gave you the opportunity to win a copy by answering the question
Which West End show did Dave Willetts star in after Les Mis?
The answer is of course Phantom of the Opera and the lucky winner is
Bronwyn Wilson – click here to send your address
Those of you not lucky enough to win, the album is released on 2 February and is available to pre-order:
Timeless is a collection of songs that are exactly that; timeless. Encompassing popular standards and songs from musical theatre, the album feels full of choices personal to Willetts and needless to say, they show off his vocal range and versatility to perfection. This is a singer who through his vast acting experience, is able to convey warmth, tenderness, fun, pathos whilst also projecting enormous vocal power.
My favourite tracks are those from musical theatre, particularly I Dreamed You and This Is The Moment, from Tony Rees and Gary Young’s Jekyll and the Broadway production Jekyll and Hyde, respectively. Willetts has worked with both shows and when I spoke to him in 2015, he was involved in writing the book for a further musical based on the Jekyll and Hyde story, The Man Inside, which has since had it’s premiere, Willetts of course taking the lead.
The majority of the other tracks are not from musicals and are such an eclectic mix that you have no option but to believe that these are personal choices. Fun is the word that springs to mind when listening to You Took The Words Right Out and San Francisco Bay Blues – they would be great to listen to live. Tears in Heaven and Smile allow Willetts to show his tender side while Bridge Over Troubled Water lets that rich tenor soar. Leaving all this aside, the song I’ve taken away from this album is a duet, with Lara J West, on I Swear, a massive 1990’s hit for All4One. As soon as you hear it, you’ll know it, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll love it.
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