ALBUM TITLE                        :        PORTRAIT

ARTIST                                   :        RICK ASTLEY

GENRE                                    :        TRADITIONAL POP

DATE RELEASED                   :        201


The moment that you finished listening “And I Love You So,” you would felt that something is not right in this collection of all time favorite standard and traditional pop songs.  While it is indeed very brave of him to tackle the songs in somewhat different way, but you cannot help feeling disgusted and thought that Rick Astley bastardized the song.

You  can watch him singing live to “Cry Me A River” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKoPuSNKcWQ&index=1&list=PLIeRRviu1HMnIeQ18TSFTjBYVWl42bg1E

It is good thing that he really took time to make his imprint in the tracks but it just did not work successfully.  He has the right timber and the looks to croon romantic songs but what he did with the songs, he sung it as if he is in a honky-tonky bar or as he is under the influence of you know what.  It also did not help that he chose to use standard musical instruments and perform it like a college band.  It felt like the whole album is quite rushed and needs a lot of polishing in terms of production values.

Listen to his own version of “Where Do I Begin.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNBNOWp3238&list=RDPNBNOWp3238#t=6



As a whole, this album is good for loyal Rick Astley fans.  With that I rate this record 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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