Author: Chris Mann
Release Date: November 2012
About the CD:
Roads boasts a wildly eclectic assortment of songs, ranging from Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” to “Ave Maria” and Damien Rice’s “The Blowers’ Daughter,” with the latter featuring a special guest appearance from Christina Aguilera.
I had never heard of Chris Mann before I was asked to review his CD. He was a contestant on the show “The Voice” last season, and was picked for Christian Aguilera’s team. As soon as I listened to Chris’ version of “Ave Maria” on Youtube I was hooked.
Once I popped the CD into the computer I was immediately taken with the lyrics to the first track, “Roads”. Chris Mann’s voice reminds me of a tenor Josh Groban or Celine Dion – smooth and comforting, but passionate. Here is the lyric video of “Roads”:
The sound on the album is a fun blend of classical (Mann is operatically trained) and pop. Mann co-wrote two songs on the album, “Falling”: and my favorite, “Cuore.” Cuore means “heart” in Italian, and the music is based on Bach’s Air on a G String.
Other highlights include “The Blower’s Daughter”, featuring Christina Aguilera and “My Way” which songwriter Paul Anka retooled to be forward-looking, rather than the backward glance of the original Frank Sinatra version. Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now”, Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”, “Unless You Mean It”, by singer-songwriter Bleu, Dave Barnes’ “On a Night Like This”, and of course, “Ave Maria.”
“Ave Maria” is one of my favorite songs, and Mann sings it to perfection. His voice is at once both soothing and heartbreaking and the choir backing him up sounds exactly like my vision of a heavenly chorus.
A couple of the songs were a little too “poppy” for me, but overall this was a charismatic album that I will enjoy listening to over and over again.
I give Chris Mann’s “Roads” four microphones.
Follow Chris Mann at ChrisMannmusic.com
This is a review post from One2One Network. I was provided with a copy of the album and I am eligible for a prize drawing. All opinions stated are my own.