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Album Review

Having reached the U.K. Top Ten for the first time, performed for the English National Opera in La Boheme and The Mikado, and received rave reviews for his role as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Blackpool tenor Alfie Boe rounds off an incredible year with his fifth studio album, simply titled Alfie. Proving that it's not just the musical theater and classical pop worlds that appreciate his talent, the follow-up to commercial breakthrough Bring Him Home also features a collaboration with none other than Robert Plant, who lends his yearning tones to a moving orchestral interpretation of Tim Buckley's acoustic folk song "Song to the Siren." It's a shame that Boe couldn't have persuaded the Led Zeppelin legend to stick around a little longer, as it's by far the most compelling offering on a record that — apart from an emotive operatic reworking of Martina McBride's "In My Daughter's Eyes" — plays it pretty safe. Alongside an understated acoustic version of Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," there's a suitably wintry take on Judy Garland's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," an impassioned adaptation of 17th century traditional English folk song "Over the Hills and Far Away," and a lushly produced rendition of Frank Sinatra's "It Was a Very Good Year." But elsewhere, Boe continues to delve into a more familiar catalog of show tunes, from Gershwin's Oh, Kay! jazz standard "Someone to Watch Over Me" to Ragtime's stirring choral-led "Wheels of a Dream" to the two numbers from Les Misérables, "Who Am I?" and "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," the latter a duet with Michael Ball (better known as a solo piece for the character of Marius). Alfie should consolidate Boe's position as one of the U.K. classical crossover scene's biggest talents, but by proving he's capable of tackling material outside the box, you do wish that he'd be a bit braver and pursue his more adventurous leanings a little further. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews


I recently discovered Alfie through his amazing performance in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary concert and was in awe at how amazing he was. With an operatic voice that gives you chills and crystal clear tone that makes you melt, there is no doubt he is the greatest thing we've had in musical theatre in a long time. Thank you Alfie. <3


This is an amazing album! Alfie's beautiful tenor voice has such range that he can hit higher and lower notes and give each song it's due. The variety of songs ranges from Broadway to films, American to British, and even a beautiful rendition of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." Even the duets offer the variety of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant ("Song to the Siren") and the West End's Michael Ball ("Empty Chairs at Empty Tables"). Alfie's US fans have been waiting for an album to be released here for all to discover this amazing, generous, gifted performer!


I have fallen in love with his voice through les miserables he just has such a beautiful and such a range I so wish I can possibly see him in person


Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of the U.K.'s most technically gifted classical crossover talents, award-winning tenor Alfie Boe grew up in Blackpool, England, listening to his father's opera records, including performances by Richard Tauber and Puccini's La Boheme. As a young adult, Boe sang while he was painting and polishing cars in a local automobile factory; he was overheard by a client who suggested Boe should audition for London's D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Boe tried out for the company with Tauber's Dein Ist Mein Ganzes...
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