This Time Around Import
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|1. This Time Around|
|2. What I Did For Love|
|3. You'Ve Lost That Loving Feeling|
|4. Anything Can Happen|
|5. Someone Like You|
|6. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head|
|7. This Is The Moment|
|8. At Last|
|9. Learning How To Dance Is Easy|
|10. Loving You Keeps Me Alive|
|11. There Is Love|
|12. I Was Born To Love You|
|13. If I Should Lose My Way|
|14. I'll Be Here With You|
|15. More Than Words Can Say|
2012 album from the international star of stage and screen. More than 'just another covers album', this album stays faithful to his loveably kitsch image but also highlights his seriously talented and theatrical chops. Some would say that never before has a personality so vibrantly connected with an audience and this collection of tracks solidifies this unique experience. The album features beautifully expressive takes on some of the best known songs of the musical theatre genre.
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"This Time Around" is a collection of 15 songs - 11 of which were composed by Frank Wildhorn, the man who penned the score to Jekyll & Hyde. Being a fan of Wildhorn's, I couldn't resist going ahead and buying this CD. Heck, why not? I had a gift certificate I hadn't used in a while. First off, the Wildhorn numbers are excellent. Of those, 7 of the song selections are ones I'd heard by other artists. But, here they are done with arrangements I hadn't heard before. Really terrific! The other 4 Wildhorn tunes are new to me. Tracks 11 & 12 ("There is Love" and "I Was Born to Love You") are phenomenally good. I can listen to those over and over again. All 15 tracks are at least pretty good. No duds.
While I got what I was expecting from Wildhorn, Hasselhoff really exceeded my expectations. From the moment he starts singing on the first track, I was thinking "wow, he's pretty good here". The studio must really suit him. He sounds totally relaxed and comfortable, never sounds rushed or like he's pushing too hard. One thing I noticed is that he seems to have minimized the vibrato in his voice, which is a good thing if you've ever heard it rumble before. At least on this CD, I like his voice. His deep base/baritone has a quality to it that I find pleasing. His enunciation and phrasing could use some work here and there, but overall his interpretation of the lyrics is great.
Buy this CD. It's a terrific listening experience. You'll be surprised. I would have given this a 5-star rating if the CD jacket or liner notes gave any credit to the other performers on the CD. There's at least one female who joins Hasselhoff on various numbers and perhaps a kid or two who join in on the last track. If I had to guess, the predominate female voice heard is that of Brandi Burkhardt. She sounds fantastic. Can't imagine why no credit is given.