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Album Review

The bubble had burst and their adoring public had moved on to other stars. G4 — with four classically trained singers (Jonathan Ansell, Matthew Stiff, Mike Christie, and Ben Thapa) and a near win on the 2004 season of The X Factor — had opened their account with a number one album in March 2005, featuring classic songs ranging from "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Life on Mars," and "You'll Never Walk Alone" to "Nessun Dorma" and "Jerusalem." They returned less than nine months later with G4 and Friends, a second album including similar classics such as "Barcelona," "Miss You Nights," "La Donne e Mobile," and "I Vow to Thee My Country" — and that album also hit the Top Ten. But as most reality TV stars had found, if you leave the public eye for too long, another set of similar artists will come along with a new series and you're yesterday's news, however good or talented you might be. Act Three was released for Christmas 2006 and couldn't even get into the Top 20 — not that it was a worse album than the first two. At the right time, this would have been the chart-topper, with choral versions of yet more hit songs from the world of MOR and easy listening ("Volare," "Cavatina," and "Amazing Grace"), classical ("O Sole Mio" and "Toreador"), nostalgia ("We'll Meet Again," "Danny Boy," and "Silent Night"), and cutting-edge pop (the Boomtown Rats' "I Don't Like Mondays"; yet another Freddie Mercury classic, "Somebody to Love"; Gnarls Barcley's "Crazy"; and an Alan Parsons Project ballad from their Eye in the Sky album, "Old and Wise" [and how many G4 fans would have known that]). Perhaps it was the reality TV syndrome, which seemed to follow the law of diminishing returns pretty quickly, or perhaps too much competition from the similar group Il Divo, who also released their third album, Siempre, in the same week. Or just maybe it was that G4, talented and nice singers though they undoubtedly were, chose the wrong songs at the wrong time and delivered them with a lack of feeling, a lack of soul, and a lack of emotion. The game was up, and soon after this album had left the charts (after only four weeks), they announced they would be splitting up and it would be their last. Bring on the next reality TV group.

Customer Reviews

weird, but it works!

As a fan of G4 since their X Factor days, I've been eagerly anticipating this new collection. At first glance, there seem to be fewer tracks that would stand out to fans of popular music, but once again G4 and their team have worked pure magic. Fans will obviously be well aware of their outstanding version of the Queen classic 'Somebody To Love', which sounds as good now as it did when they first sang live in front of the nation. Other stand-out tracks include a stunning vocal performance of 'O Sole Mio' for classical lovers, and a very bizarre, but strangely enthralling, version of Gnarls Barkley's recent smash hit 'Crazy'. For me, the obvious winners on this album are 'Danny Boy' and a beautiful version of the West End classic 'No Matter What' - both tracks I could listen to for hours on end. Once again, these four stunningly talented young men have proved themselves with a superior album of tracks. They may have their critics, but this album is a winner. Congratulations.

Oh my God

What a bunch of tossers

10/10, another outstanding album relesed by g4

im not a big fan of G4, but there music speaks for them, they are telented, amazing, and most of all good looking, well maybe the blonde on :D. this album, i could listen to again and again, and i dont normally say that about any album, normally its the heavy matel stuff.... 10/10 for this, and one thing, they have to keep up with the good work. and silent night, is one of the best tracks on there!!!! and others, but better not say cause be long, well ok the whole albums good!!!! not good, exerlant!!!!!

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

A four-piece vocal group who took their name from the fact that they all attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama, G4 made a national name for themselves in the U.K. by winning the runners-up spot on the ITV television reality talent show The X-Factor in 2004. Their debut album, G4, was released in time for Mother's Day in England in 2005 and eventually sold in the neighborhood of a million copies. Members Jonathan Ansell, Matthew Stiff, Mike Christie, and Ben Thapa, in addition to releasing...
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Act Three, G4
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  • £6.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Vocal, Vocal Pop
  • Released: 25 November 2006

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