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Best known in the States for his lead role in Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood and his villainous turn in Desperate Housewives, John Barrowman first came to prominence in the U.K. with his performances in hit West End musicals The Phantom of The Opera, Miss Saigon and his Olivier Award-winning role in The Fix. After releasing several musical theater-based albums, he continues his diversion into more pop territory with Music Music Music, the follow-up to his first bid at chart success, Another Side. Named after his talent show judging habit of repeating everything three times, the 13-track collection is a combination of stage show classics (Chess' "I Know Him so Well," featured here in a solo version and duet with Any Dream Will Do finalist Daniel Boys), cover versions of '80s pop songs (Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting"), and for the first time in his career, a brand new composition. Penned by none other than Gary Barlow, "What About Us," an anthemic slice of radio-friendly MOR pop, is a convincing attempt at a contemporary sound which suggests that Barrowman could find an audience outside his West End/Broadway background. It's a shame then, that apart from a restrained rendition of Keith Urban's "You'll Think of Me," the rest of Music Music Music descends into overblown theatrics with the likes of Joni Mitchell's tender, heartfelt ballad "Both Sides Now" and Dusty Springfield's lounge-pop standard "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" performed with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. With Titanic and Avatar soundtrack producer Simon Franglen and Kylie Minogue collaborator Graham Stack at the helm, it's surprising that the likes of Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" and Andy Williams' "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" sound like they've been recorded by an average wedding band, their obtrusive instrumentation so brash they even manage to swamp Barrowman's foghorn vocals. Arguably more high-profile than ever, Music Music Music feels like a missed opportunity to showcase another side to Barrowman's talents, its early promise counteracted by a range of predictable and safe karaoke numbers which may delight his musical fan base, but will deter any new audience he was hoping to reel in. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

My My

If an album makes you well up just from listening to the previews it's one you just have to buy!!!

Amazing.

Wow, this is just brilliant. 'Another Side' was brilliant but this album just puts it to shame. Everything is sung with such beauty, the musical arrangement even beats, in some cases, the original musical arrangements. Favourite songs have to be ‘What about us?;’ ‘You'll think of me’, ‘I made it through the rain’, ‘Angel’ (Which shockingly for me, since I'm a huge Sarah McLachlan fan, actually beats the original). I don't think there's one song on this album which I don't like (Including Uptown Girl which I usually loathe). The duet with Daniel Boys on 'I know him so well' is brilliant and so beautiful. Daniel Boys is destined for great things. Just another brilliant album from the man with more talents than a travelling circus. Great job John, this album deserves to be successful

Made it Through the Rain

Let's get this track into the Top 40. Chris Moyles has spotted another chart topper. lol

Biography

Born: 11 March 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

John Barrowman was one of few musical theater personalities to make a successful foray into a recording career. Though many stage stars release an album at some point in their careers, seldom are they met with chart success and longevity. Barrowman was born in Glasgow but raised, from the age of nine, in Illinois. Throughout his high-school years, Barrowman performed in musicals, which set him on the path he followed in college and beyond. Throughout college he worked as a performer at Opryland in...
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