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  • Audio CD (Nov. 10 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000WW286U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. All Out Of Love
2. You're So Vain
3. She's Always A Woman
4. Time After Time
5. Weekend In New England
6. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
7. If You Leave Me Now
8. Your Song
9. Please Remember Me
10. Heaven
11. Being Alive
12. Feeling Good
13. All By Myself

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2007 release from the British actor and performer who has conquered TV, Broadway and the West End but is best known as the character Captain Jack in Dr Who and the spin-off series Torchwood. The album features songs that John has long admired and holds dear. Across a number of musical genres, but predominantly sumptuous, streamlined Pop, he lends his rich vocals to, amongst others, Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time", Elton John's "Your Song", and Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now". His rendition of Billy Joel's "She's Always A Woman To Me" is velvet and sensuous, and 'All Out Of Love' with its soaring strings is simply epic. BMG.

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I recently discovered Torchwood (Season 2) and Dr Who. Loving Torchwood, I ordered Season One. In the DVD extras, John Barrowman sings Anything Goes. Curious, I looked him up and discovered that he was a leading man in West End musicals for about 15-16 years...obviously he could sing. I looked through what was on offer and decided to try this CD. It immediately became a favourite. He has a wonderful voice and clear diction...it is simply a pleasure to listen to. I have since purchased 3 more of his CDs and I recommend them highly.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc27f60) out of 5 stars A Surprise Nov. 28 2007
By Terran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For those who think the musical stage star doesn't have "radio voice" when he wants it, they'll be surprised: I know, I was.

The arrangements on this collection of pop hits seems to be standard, not creative, which is reassuring for those who like cover versions to sound as much like the tried-and-true as possible. There is a slight pizzazz Barrowman adds to one or two cuts, but overall, the vocals are smooth and soft and basically unrecognizable to anyone who only knows him from the BROADWAY collection, and doubts his voice can be toned down (to suit the intimacy of radio airplay).

This is his fourth CD, and each one has his vocals tailored to the concept. The BROADWAY collection was lush and powerful and full-bodied, very dynamic, while the COLE PORTER was casual, breezy, almost a knock-off, and the LLOYD-WEBBER was mixed, depending upon the style required for the particular song (and far too many duets, as I stated in my review for that CD).

The BROADWAY collection remains my favorite, as I enjoy the songs, as well as the power and versatility displayed in Barrowman's voice.

When it comes to pop, I like a bit more bite in my music than these selections inspire. These selections are smooth and quiet, more reflective. However, the YOU'RE SO VAIN was interesting, as he sang the lyrics true, which made the topic of the song a free-wheeling bisexual adventurer, which adds a bite of spice to an otherwise too-familiar song.

Another plus to all Barrowman's vocals is you never find yourself scratching your head and searching for the set of lyrics: His precise diction means you always understand every word. Some may find the lack of slurring, etc., mannered, unnatural: I, however, find it a total relief. And though his voice is less expressive than George Michael's, I find he - like Roger Daltrey and Michael - "acts" his songs, so even the soft-pitched selections, such as here, are conveyed beautifully as to their meaning.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b60e3cc) out of 5 stars John Barrowman delivers the New Classics Dec 24 2007
By L. Rebouche - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've never been a fan of pop music. Not Top 40, not ballads. That being said, this review should give you an idea the impact of this new CD by Stage and TV star John Barrowman's newest offering, 'Another Side', had on my listening habits lately.

When you work in the music industry, you develop a certain attitude regarding the more mainstream pop music, and it's usually not a good one. Usually pop music is considered a commodity... I admit I'm jaded in my preferences and it's immensely difficult to get an emotional reaction out of me that this CD did. I'm new to the whole John Barrowman experience, more from a TV standpoint with his appearances in 'Doctor Who' and 'Torchwood', and a smattering of soundtrack titles,(Producers, etc) so I'll start with a light review on the titles that I liked and then detail which ones I think are the true gems of this collection.

The majority of the tunes, 'Time after Time, Every little thing she does is magic, If you leave me now", are all done well, but the following tracks really stood out for me.

Knowing that John picked these titles himself because of their meaning to certain events and times in his life gives you an idea of his listening preferences, and judging from his age, and where he grew up (Scotland to US), in the Midwest, I'm sure his poor adolescent ears were inundated with the likes of Air Supply (All out of Love) and Barry Manilow (Weekend in New England) among other Top Pop hits. Normally I'd give all of these titles a miss, even from their originators, but there's a difference to these that I'll reveal.

John is a natural professional. His timing, his phrasing, range, and his delivery are superb. He makes these tracks sound so effortlessly done, that you wonder why everyone isn't making records. I'd listen to any of these titles performed by him, before I'd submit to the original singers' versions, and knowing some of the stories behind the tracks is even better. For example, John asking permission from Carly Simon to perform "You're so Vain" over the phone and listening to her sing it herself, and melting into the floorboards with joy. Little bits like this is what make the CD very special.

What CD that John does would be complete without a Barry Manilow tune, "Weekend in New England" and quite frankly, I'd never really liked this song, but he performs it with such emotion and finesse, that I prefer it over the original version. See a trend happening here?

Also, all the pop tunes aside, I have to give him kudos for changing gears, and perform (with an amazing arrangement) of legendary singer Anthony Newley's "Feeling Good" from the play, "Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd".
I was worried that the Ballad-heavy CD might make him sound too much like the usual Middle-America white-bread singer, and wondered, "Does this boy have any Soul?" He gives Newley credit for his interpretation and proves that that he DOES indeed have soul.. He moans, growls and belts out this sultry and smoldering version of this Broadway classic, and it made me want to hear him do an entire CD of "Porgy and Bess" just to show he could indeed rip one into the stratosphere. And the little mischievous chuckle at the end didn't hurt either.

Last and certainly not least, is Rodney Crowell's country classic, "Please Remember Me"..which at first listen, had me blubbering like a five-year-old as I drove down the interstate, a heartbreaking version that Rodney should be more than proud of. I'm not a country music fan either (my tastes lean towards more esoteric offerings) but it actually made me look up Rodney's music repertoire, to see what other incredible songs he'd written. And that is the mark of a true musician, to inspire others.

So in parting, I'll have to say I was deeply touched by several of the songs on the list, some more than others, because of the delivery, emotion and overall immaculate performance, and just to let you know, it's been a very long time since ANY song I'd listened to made the waterworks flow, and for that, John Barrowman, I take my hat off to you, this music snob has been converted.

Lee Rebouche
formerly with :
MCA Records, Scotti Bros-Records/Relativity-Sony Records,Sounds Karma Rec.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d667264) out of 5 stars Bring it on Barrowman! Nov. 29 2007
By Cornelius G. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well, here's John again hitting 13 great hits over the wall for a superior CD win! With his orchestra arranged and conducted by Cliff Masterson, who also plays an impeccable piano, Cliff takes the band to severe heights to fly with John's flawless voice. The guys in this band know their stuff and Mark Read is fantastic as John's backup vocalist.

To imagine Clive Davis, Carly E Simon, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper,Randy Edelman, Gordon Summer, Peter Cetera, Elton John, Will Jennings, Bryan Adams, Stephen Soundheim (well, yes) Anthony Newley, Eric Carmen and the co-writers all having their hits ripped on the same CD is hard to grasp but here it is. These great hits have been entrusted to John Barrowman because these great writers all knew John could and would give the songs a fresh voice that would honor their cherished hits with a new flavor.

John's clarity, versability, vocal prowness, intimacy and range have me spellbound in each song. Singing Time After Time is as if Johnn takes the song out of his pocket llke a proud photograph to show someone and shares it intimately with you. All the songs are intimate and you feel like a one person audience. My Song seems as if John is atop a mountain as he starts. John brings songs up then down then up again like a glistening yo-yo. Singing is fun for John and a delight to his listeners.

Before I give away anymore or before I start singing them (you'll be glad you can't hear me) I want to leave you with the feeling that this CD is a masterpiece of modern hits. A must-buy, must-have for all who enjoy the best in music. This CD IS the best you can get!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b7b2990) out of 5 stars Barrowman's velvet tenor Dec 1 2007
By Michele Briere - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Just received my copy of John's new CD. Excellent! Soft pop love songs with a piano and strings in the background. The crisp consonants are a welcome relief from having to guess at a word that is being sung that some singers are notorious for. No such problems when listing to John. For those who are used to hearing John's "stage" voice, this will come as a surprise; he can and does prove that he's able to effortlessly jump into mainstream music. After belting out pure, bell-ringing tones on a stage, this must have been a piece of cake. His voice is soothing on the ears and wonderful on the heart. Let's hope he brings his tour across the pond, instead of allowing the UK to continue being selfish in their keeping of him.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c23e8a0) out of 5 stars Barrowman At His Best Dec 2 2007
By Dean G. Ehlers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the best John Barrowman CD yet! His vocals soar through "Your So Vain" and "Your Song." Among many others. He has easily made the transition from Broadway to Pop. That can somtimes be a difficult thing to do but not for John. He has captured a great and fresh sound for these songs that were played on american radio for what seemed like an endless stream. The approach is smooth and enjoyable and hearing them again as they are presented here is the best part. His voice is strong, confident, and above all a really pleasant experience! Do not pass this one up. It is worth every penny!!
Pre-order his autobiography a must have!! Anything Goes