Although frequently given a rough ride by the British press, power balladeer Michael Bolton’s distinct, soulful and urgent vocal style has won him an army of followers and an armful of hit albums in this country. This double-disc set recalls 35 of his best-loved recordings, and includes originals like How Can We Be Lovers (co-penned with Diane Warren and Desmond Child), Steel Bars (Bob Dylan), and the superb Best Of Love, which he wrote with BabyFace. Also included are well-chosen covers of Georgia On My Mind, To Love Somebody and Lean On Me, all given very different and unique interpretations, plus a pair of cuts from his 1998 album My Secret Passion.
Trinity Mirror, September 08
Grammy winner Michael Bolton is one of America’s most successful ever balladeers, with more than 50 million albums sold worldwide. Love or hate his music, it’s hard to argue with statistics like that.
There are 35 tracks on this double-CD, the best of which are generally the songs he’s written himself, such as How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, Said I Loved You But I Lied, I Found Someone and Steel Bars (an unlikely songwriting partnership with Bob Dylan).
The two most surprising cuts on this collection, however, are Bolton’s dramatic interpretations of Giacomo Puccini’s Nessun Dorma and O Soave Fancuilla, which prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that this boy can sing!