Oct 29, 2012

Chris Mann Roads CD Review

Release Date:  October 30, 2012
Genre:  Classical Pop

Roads, a crazy-good variety of songs, is being released tomorrow - October 30, 2012.  Roads is "classically based pop music" --  pop music with a dramatic, sophisticated, heart-melting sound.  Chris Mann performs familiar songs like Lady Antebellum's Need You Now, Willie Nelson's Always on My Mind, Paul Anka's My Way popularized by Frank Sinatra and Damien Rice's The Blowers' Daughter, on which Chris has Christina Aguilera performing backup vocals.  My favorite is Coldplay's Viva La Vida, I love Chris' sound on that, so different than Coldplay, the difference is remarkable.....

Paul Anka tweaked his lyrics to My Way for the first time ever, altering it just for Chris's Roads.  Chris's version of My Way (the only other official version of My Way) is about a man looking ahead full of hope instead of Anka's original song of a man looking back on life.

Chris Mann co-wrote two songs on Roads: "Cuore," based on Bach's Air on a G String, and Falling, which is a contemporary ballad.  Cuore is in Italian and I can't understand a word, but it absolutely melts my heart, it gives me goosebumps.

After studying opera at Vanderbilt, Chris Mann catered to the masses and sang pop music for awhile.  As he followed the road his life was taking, his heart led him back to his operatic roots and he began singing classically-based pop music.  He reminds me a lot of Joshua Bell.  These guys take opera and classical music, play around with it and make it very cool.

That being said, it's still classical pop.  If you like hard rock or rap, this isn't for you.  If you like curling up by a fire with soft lighting and soft music, this is perfect. More than perfect.  If you like Michael Buble' or Harry Connick Jr., you'll love Chris Mann.

I'm no stranger to Chris Mann despite this being his first album. I first heard Chris three years ago when he was working on an album for another label.  There was a complete company overhaul and Chris' album was never released.
I was able to hear Chris Mann in person two times after that and it was clear he was on a journey.  I noticed subtle differences each time I heard him - a slow digression from pop to classical pop with a strong opera sound.  It confused me until now.  Roads pulls it all together with even the title song explaining what his career has been like.
Roads will be available for you to purchase in stores and online on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.  Buy it, you'll love it!

Watch a video on the making of Roads here.

Disclosure: 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.

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