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Album Review

Universal Music is one of the leaders in the field of classical crossover music, and when the label was looking for something slightly different to release, an obvious choice was RyanDan, an album by the Kowarsky brothers, Canadian identical twins named after their first names, Ryan and Dan. After all, being twins, there would obviously be no problem with the blending of voices and harmony, and on their debut album, there certainly wasn't. But the album RyanDan wasn't just about the vocals — after all, with a plethora of artists in this genre, there had to be something different. In fact, it was hardly a classical crossover album at all, but rather an album of 12 well-sung songs, with importance given to the backing as well as the choice of repertoire. The first half of the album was filled with original songs, including the beautiful Judie Tzuke-written ballad "High," the almost religious "The Prayer," and "In Us I Believe," but the second half included more cover versions of the type that have appeared on many an album: "Wind Beneath My Wings," "I'll Be There," and "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables (which was most definitely a solo song rather than a duet). Rather strangely, the album started off well, looking good as it hit number seven on its first week on the charts, but it very quickly nosedived and disappeared totally just two weeks later, despite getting near to the Christmas season when this type of pleasant easy listening tended to sell better than at other times of the year. Possibly it was simply because RyanDan suddenly found themselves competing with their own label's marketing of even newer releases, also aimed squarely at the once-per-year purchase. Since many of the competing releases were considerably inferior to this album, how fickle can the music business be? One thing's for sure, this genre of music never has been and still didn't sell in the singles market; the leadoff track, "Like the Sun," only reached number 69. [This edition of RyanDan included a bonus track.]

Customer Reviews

Sublime

Debut international release from Canadian twin brothers Ryan and Dan Kowarsky. Their soaring harmonies will carry you to a place best accessed from a comfortable chair in a darkened room so there is nothing to distract you from the extraordinary voices. The only flaw is the choice of 'Bring Him Home' from 'Les Miserables'. A beautiful song sung beautifully but intended for a much older man. If a song from 'Les Miserables' had to be included, 'Empty Chairs At Empty Tables' would have been a much more appropriate choice. Still worthy of 5 stars though. Buy it.

Unique

These boys sound a little strange initially however after the second time you become immersed in the melodic sounds of unison. They have similar verbrato traits of celine dion (must be the canadian in them) and almost similar reverberation of Eros Ramazzotti (italian pop singer), however they exude such life into would have been just another cover version. The unusual mix is a fresh escape from the monotony of aimless pop. Goodluck boys:) Would recommend to anyone needing an emotional journey.

Outstanding

These identical "mirror" twin brothers can really sing. Two voices become one. The track Tears of an Angel is very moving. Like the Sun is a great ballad. All in all a great CD for the IPOD.

Biography

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '00s

Ryan and Dan Kowarsky, born in 1979, are the two halves that make up pop-classical vocal power duo RyanDan. Brought up in an affluent suburb of Toronto, the Kowarsky brothers spent their early years watching their opera-singing father from the wings of local theaters. By the age of four both brothers had followed his lead and began performing in musicals and plays. The brothers' identical appearance allowed them to split roles, like the lead in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which...
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