One Chance

(Sony BMGl)


WHILE the world mourns the loss of a superb tenor, there are more singers aspiring to fill his big shoes and Paul Potts is one of them.

This man may not have the looks to make women swoon, but he has touched the hearts of millions of his fellow countrymen already.

There are so many reasons to make fun of Potts. Firstly, he's not what I consider hot. Secondly, his name is reminiscent of a certain megalomaniac and I can imagine that he had a hard time in school grounds. Children can be so cruel!

But, like the judges of Britain Has Talent, I was awestruck by his voice. He sounds a bit like Andrea Bocelli, only his voice is less crisp.

Who'd have thought that a phone salesman could have a powerful voice and be able to perform operatic hits such as Nessun Donna and Time to Say Goodbye? Sadly, even though he has an amazing voice, I consider this album to be a little disappointing.

For a start, I would have preferred more English songs. Though I enjoy his Italian offerings, he could have sung R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts or Josh Groban's You Raise Me Up in English. But he does deliver Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera beautifully. And while I feel he has a voice to be envied. he can get better with experience because I thought I sensed a little shakiness in there somewhere. Hopefully by his next album he will have mastered his art. I, for one, will be waiting for that album to arrive.



One Chance





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