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Album Review

One would never guess that Reason to Believe was an Aled Jones album, after all, wasn't he the choir boy with the angelic soprano voice singing the sorts of songs one would hear regularly on Songs of Praise or other religious television programs? Well, yes he was, but even choir boys grow up, and Jones shows a maturity in his voice on Reason to Believe that is both surprising and pleasant. There were still the religious overtones on tracks such as "Hallelujah," "All My Trails Lord," "Be Still My Soul," and "Whenever God Shines His Light," which was the only up-tempo track among of a sea of ballads, but the rest of the album was a mix of non-religious originals and cover versions. He duets with Cerys Matthews on "Some Kind of Wonderful," and Gretchen Peters joined him on the opening track "No Frontiers." Unlike both the original Cat Stevens and the Boyzone cover version of "Father and Son," he doesn't bother differentiating his voice between the two viewpoints. When he sings a beautiful original ballad like "Angel" or "Always There," one is left wondering why he felt the need to record inferior cover versions of David Gates' "If," Bette Midler's "The Rose," and James Taylor's "You've Got a Friend." His version of the title track is closer to the Glen Campbell version than the more famous Rod Stewart recording, but then it really would be too much to ask Aled Jones to sound like the biggest gravel-voiced crooner of all.

Customer Reviews

Reason to Believe

It's always worth listening to Aled, and this is no exception. I have been looking for a version of 'Be Still my Soul', the Finlandia Tone Poem, and reviewed a number of offerings before coming across Aled's version on this CD. The music spoke for itself and there was no real choice as Aled's version was the only one I came across in which I could actually hear and understand the words - admittedly some of the other ones were in languages like Finish - but even the Welsh Choir versions were muffled and not understandable. His version of 'Reason to believe' must be the first time I've heard this song since Tim Hardin's original in the late sixties/early seventies, and is very beautifully sung, again with clear diction which makes all the difference. The only criticism I have is that on occasions he 'overpronounces' the words, so that occasionally, and only occasionally, a word sounds be a bit stilted. Otherwise, a beautiful album.


Born: 29 December 1970 in Bangor, Wales

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '00s

Known as a vocalist who -- for the most part -- specialized in religious and inspirational works, Aled Jones (born December 29, 1970 in Bangor, Wales) was also a familiar voice on U.K. classical radio as well as a contestant on a ballroom dancing competition reality show. Signed to a recording contract before his teens, Jones was best known -- at least in the first part of his career -- for his version of "Walking in the Air" from the 1982 animated film The Snowman. Shortly thereafter, at the age...
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