Hot on the heels of Susan Boyle's underwhelming excursion into the show-tune repertoire with Standing Ovation, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Karl-Johan Ankarblom releases a disc covering the same territory, with singing provided by a Bradford lass who used to be in Emmerdale.
Ms Walsh, who subsequently became a member of the talent show-created quintet Girls Aloud, has lately been treading the boards in Shrek! in London's West End, so there is a logic to her first solo disc, as well as a wearisome familiarity about many of her choices (Lloyd Webber, Les Mis, Wicked). Those orchestrations and the arrangements and production, made in Stockholm by Per Magnusson and David Kreuger, have nice creative touches. So Walsh's jazzy As Long As He Needs Me, for example, beats Boyle's hands down, even if its supper club sound sits oddly with the lyric, and the inclusion of Hushabye Mountain, from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is refreshing. On the debit side, the opening reading of Randy Crawford's One Day I'll Fly Away (it's used in Moulin Rouge) is overblown and the two originals from the production team are dispensable.
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