Alfie Boe’s latest album, Trust, hit stores on Monday 11th November and is currently gracing the number 11 spot in the charts as we speak, having gone straight into the top 10 in the first week. Of course, lots of those sales were in pre-orders. Some fans even have more than one copy already (don’t tell anyone, but I picked up my third copy at the HMV Oxford Street CD signing)!
So, what do I think of the album? Having listened pretty much non stop to Trust since the release date, I can honestly say that I think this is Alfie’s best album to date. Long term fans will know that Alfie has been heading in this musical direction for a while now. The last three tracks of the previous album, Storyteller, are imbued with a blues, country and gospel sound that leads straight into Trust, particularly the glorious Glory, Glory Hallelujah and Rosie. So far, my favourite songs are Keep Me In Your Heart and Glory Glory although there is a special place in my heart for Trust, the first song on any album to written especially for Alfie. Fans have long voiced the opinion that original material would be wonderful and it is definitely worth the wait.
There are a few songs on the album that are completely new to me but I love having my musical knowledge challenged and broadened by Alfie and am enjoying getting to know Forever Young and God Give Me Strength. Dimming of the Day is beautifully sung by Shawn Colvin, an artist I am enjoying getting to know but I have to confess a sneaking wish for the lovely tones of Emilia Mitiku.
We are blessed with Alfie appearances on TV and radio at the moment and one of the most wonderful things about this is the opportunity to spend time with the lovely friends I’ve made – you know who you are! One friend in particular has a very soft spot for Murray Gould so this video was included especially for lovely Linda (one half of The two Linda’s) – enjoy!
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I’ve been doing my therapy exercises to Glory Glory! Wonderful song that really makes me move!
It’s been an exciting week. I too confess to 3 CD s and the Deluxe download. Feel very lucky to be one of the town’s he could visit and to hear him sing Trust. Love Trust the whole album. Love the FanVideo. Some fabulous memories rolling past me there. Loving Bovember. And your Blog Jane. Word of the month Lovely
Thank You so much for including the fan video…I’ve been dying to see what was chosen …great fan pix and just a charming montage…shows how great Alfie is with all his fans and how much they love him back! I am waiting (not so patiently) for my copies of Trust to get here from the UK …about a week to go. Every track I’ve heard so far is just amazing…I keep humming KEEP ME IN YOUR HEART FOR A WHILE. Thank You also for this blog…I’ve gotten a kick out of each entry. GO ALFIE!