Some may know Chris Mann from season two of The Voice where he ended up leaving just shy of being in the top 3! He represented Team Aguilera in the finals and was strongly supported by Christina and their fans. Without Christina by him side (well not fully she does sing along side him on track "The Blower's Daughter") he releases his debut album "Roads" TODAY~ October 30, 2012! I had the privilege of getting a sneak peek copy of this CD to review and was happy to see some of the same songs he amazed us with on The Voice comprises some of his debut album. Fans of his will be pleased to hear his renditions of Cold Play's "Viva La Vida" and the classic "Ave Marie" on tracks nine and eleven of this album.
Should you be looking for an album with originals you will sourly be disappointed. Chris Mann's debut album consists mostly of covers which in some cases pale in comparison to the actual artists. I was really hoping to hear more original songs like the opening track "Roads" or "Fallen" (in which he helped co-write) where you were able to just enjoy his soulful voice instead of comparing him to the original artists. There is a little bit of everything on this album from old classics like Frank Sinatra's "My Way" or country classic "Always on My Mind" by the one and only Willy Nelson which makes the listener a little confused on what will be coming next. Perhaps that is the reason why this album falls a little flat with me as he chose songs that are as memorable as the artists that sang them originally. It would be hard for even the most seasoned of singers to have their listeners disconnect from their emotional connection they had with the original songs and become emotionally involved with his version.
Overall Chris Mann does bring a whole new level of confidence to the album that you do begin to question if you are actually listening to someone's debut album. As stated before the album does consist of mostly covers of famously popular songs but each one he makes his own which works for some of the songs but not all of them. Chris Mann's real talent shows through on his traditional and classical tracks like "Ave Marie" and "Cuore" and I wish he focused more on this side of him as it is his true talent.
I don't hate the album but by attempting to make himself more mainstream he really missed the mark on this album. I think I would be skipping more songs than I would be listening to and that is a disappointment considering the amount of talent Chris Mann has! Luckily, he is so good on some of the tracks that it outweighs the less appealing tracks and I would definitely still buy the album.
To purchase Chris Mann's album as a gift or for yourself you can purchase it directly from his on-line store, through Amazon, or through I-Tunes.
Disclosure: I received a free CD for review from One2One Network, and am eligible for a drawing for doing so. The opinions stated in the review are honest, and are my own and I was not compensated for my review.