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Widely regarded as one of the best Phantoms in the 25-year-history of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical, Iranian-born Canadian singer Ramin Karimloo became 2012's West End star to make the transition to the pop charts with his self-titled first major-label album. Unlike his little-known 2004 Within the Six Square Inch debut, its 12 tracks largely eschew the show tunes that he had become synonymous with, with only the signature numbers from Phantom of the Opera ("Music of the Night") and its sequel, Love Never Dies ("Til I Hear You Sing") representing the world of musical theater, alongside a track by Spring Awakening's Duncan Sheik ("Song of the Human Heart") originally intended for the new adaptation of The Nightingale. Instead, like recent efforts from fellow crossover stars Lee Mead and John Barrowman, Ramin is a more contemporary affair which matches his unashamedly theatrical vocals with a soaring Take That-esque pop/rock sound, whether it's the string-soaked balladry of "Eyes of a Child," the Ryan Tedder-penned melancholy of "Coming Home," or the indie-lite opener "Show Me Light." While there are occasions when Ramin strives for something a little less predictable, such as a surprisingly bold cover of Muse's "Guiding Light" and the ABC-inspired new wave pop of "Broken Home," the majority of the record is hampered by Tom Nichols' over-polished production, which turns the heartfelt acoustics of Jump Little Children's "Cathedrals" into an overwrought orchestral power ballad, and somehow manages to drown Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" in even more unadulterated schmaltz. Fans of West End pop will no doubt enjoy the pomp and grandeur, but there's little here to suggest Ramin will make as convincing a pop star as he is a leading man. ~ Jon O'Brien 2012 debut from the critically acclaimed stage actor and singer. Ramin has received several Best Actor awards plus a prestigious Olivier Award nomination and has also taken on the lead role of Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh's West End production of Les Mis‚rables. On this album you can hear Ramin's passion, his rawness, and his ability not only to write a song, but to interpret a familiar one in an entirely new way. On the set list is Ramin's version of "Music of the Night", Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)", and being a rock fan, too, he has given Muse's "Guiding Light" a stunning new interpretation. He has co-written four tracks as well as recording brand new material from songwriting heavyweights like Ryan Tedder (Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love").


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2Coming Home See All 24:57 $0.99(Available)
3Music Of The Night See All 24:17 $0.99(Available)
4Broken Home See All 23:44 $0.99(Available)
5Guiding Light See All 24:04 $0.99(Available)
6Human Heart
7Constant Angel See All 23:54 $0.99(Available)
8Til I Hear You Sing See All 24:02 $0.99(Available)
9Eyes of a Child See All 23:21 $0.99(Available)
10Inside My World See All 23:44 $0.99(Available)
11Everything I Do See All 23:50 $0.99(Available)
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CD Universe Part number8686364
LabelMasterworks
Orig Year2012
Catalog number7861512
Discs1
Release DateMar 13, 2012
ProducerTom Nichols
Recording Time49 minutes


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