Amore by Andrea Bocelli

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 April, 2006, 12:00am

Opera singer Andrea Bocelli has a heavenly, romantic voice. It's easy to fall in love with his new album Amore, a stunningly sophisticated collection of love songs and pop tracks.

His interpretation of classic love songs - whether in English, Italian or Spanish - is as captivating as his opera music.

An example is the album's live concert recording of Bocelli singing a perfect and touching rendition of Can't Help Falling in Love.

His duet with pop singer Christina Aguilera in Somos Novios (It's Impossible) is fresh and interesting, but Aguilera is overshadowed by Bocelli's powerful voice. Celine Dion, who appeared on the album Ancora by 'popera' boy group Il Divo, would have been a better choice.

Mi Manchi (I Miss You), which features Kenny G, is a beautiful track. But the saxophonist's performance is too short.

Cuando Me Enamoro (A Man Without Love) is a personal favourite. It's a gentle, relaxing song that will make you feel as if you're lying on a sunny beach with a breeze stroking your face.

Produced by David Foster (Michael Buble, The Corrs), Amore's 14 tracks feature a lineup of brilliant musicians, such as guitarists Dean Parks and Michael Landau, pianist Randy Waldman and percussionist Paulinho Da Costa. They help make the album an excellent choice for music lovers.