By Joanne Marsland
The raspy voice of Jack Savoretti returns for this album which is crammed packed full of love and lost love songs including a live recorded duet with Kylie Minogue, Music’s Too Sad Without You. Another live recording and sung in Italian, Vedrai Vedrai/Oblivion whisks you away to the streets of Venice, the City where it was recorded.
The title track Singing To Strangers is a short but sweet song, The Beginning Of Us is full of beautiful sentiments while Things I Thought I’d Never Do and Better Off Without Me are full of heartfelt regrets. This guy has a knack of writing and singing ballads that makes you think he’s possibly the most romantic man on the planet, but this album is more than just a smooch fest with more of a pop sound running through many songs. Tracks like Tricky Situation, Greatest mistake, Symmetry, Youth And Love and Love Is On The Line are catchy and definitely veering on the pop side.
What More Can I Do on the other hand reminds me of a 1970’s soul song, Going home has a southern country feel and Dying For Your Love provokes a darker Chris Isaak mood to it. The albums stand out track, Candlelight, which was released as a single, could easily be a Bond theme, recorded in a church, it is dark and melodic with plenty of orchestra.
Jack begins his tour next month in Europe and is playing many concerts in the U. K from May onwards. I have seen him before as a support act and his voice live is impeccable. I had to give this album more than one listen before I appreciated all the songs as much as his older material but now I think it’s another marvellous album to add to the collection.