The track selections may be pretty predictable, but Rhydian's distinctive vocals are often enough to give them a stamp of individuality. The album opens with a big, booming rendition of Carmen Fortuna's 'O Fortuna' - now more recognisable as The X Factor theme - that in itself justifies his successful stint on the show. He delivers equally powerful versions of Vangelis's 'Conquest Of Paradise' and 'Benedictus', where he duets with opera legend Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - the equivalent of Leon Jackson getting to trade warbles with Stevie Wonder.
There are also nods to his Welsh heritage in the form of Bryn Terfel duet 'Myfanwy' and a rousing rendition of national anthem 'Land Of My Father', but the cover version format is difficult to sustain throughout. 'How Great Thou Art' lacks the gusto of some of Rhydian's other interpretations, while his take on John Denver's 'Annie's Song' - much like Alexandra Burke's 'Hallelujah' - loses the charm of the original.
Rhydian's classically-trained vocals undoubtedly lend themselves to tackling the big classics better than other X Factor stars who've made Syco a quick buck. Second album in, he shows plenty of poise and conviction in his delivery, but only a hardcore of fans will make it through the entire album without hoping for a little more personality. With only one original song here ('I Won't Let You Walk This Road Alone'), Rhydian still seems to be under the shackles of Cowell's control, making it hard, for the moment, to take him seriously as an artist in his own right.
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