I really don't watch the reality show, The Voice, so I had only heard of Chris Mann through the One2One Network's campaign awhile back when they were trying to help him succeed on the show. Actually, I had not heard him sing at all before this review!
I received my copy of Roads yesterday and was anxious to listen to all eleven tracks on it. I didn't know what to expect from this guy since I hadn't heard him sing and was very surprised when I hit play! Mr. Chris Mann as a phenomenal voice! It's pure talent and you can immediately tell from the moment he starts to sing.
There's so much raw emotion and soul in that voice, too!
Roads consists of eleven tracks:
2. Need You Now
4. The Blower's Daughter
5. My Way
6. Unless You Mean It
7. Always On My Mind
8. On A Night Like This
9. Ave Maria
11. Viva La Vida
Along with his soulful voice, the background music is melancholy and almost chillingly beautiful. I really enjoy when a broad range of instruments can be heard in a song or album aside from the norm and I was definitely pleased to hear things like pianos, violins, flutes, and harps among other things.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the album, the music and instrumentals and the singing, I thought the lyrics in the songs were a little bit repetitive at times, especially in the songs The Blower's Daughter and Cuore.
Aside from that little detail, this album really blew me away! I'd even go as far as saying that Chris Mann's voice and style remind me of two of the greats: Michael Buble and Josh Groban, two very talented and inspiring men.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of Chris Mann's newest album, Roads, in CD form to facilitate this honest review courtesy of One2One Network. All thoughts, opinions, and words expressed in the above post are mine, and mine alone except where otherwise stated.