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Linda and Gary
New Album-Remember Me Review
What can we say other than wonderful, merveilleux, wunderbar, maraviglioso, maravilloso, underbar!!!!!! If you're not sure what language I'm trying to state in- they are in order, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish. I'm sorry, but our Dutch friends will have to add to this.
Non siamo isole/We are not Islands The soft plaintive voice of Brian Kennedy in English followed by the dynamic Tenor Italian is a sensual experience.
Ten Thousand Tears The haunting music and chorus behind the solemn verses and the soprano punch not only creates a swell of emotion but also produces moisture in the eyes.
You Raise Me Up Having heard the Josh Groban rendition so many times, it was a refreshing twist to experience this performance. As Niall writes, "This is where Opera meets MoTown".
All Out of Love Being an Air Supply fan for many years and an even bigger Celtic Tenor fan-this is truly icing on the cake!
Angel of Mercy Definitely this song stimulates and inspires the sensation of pure love.
Danny Boy No one sings this better than the Celtic Tenors.
Eric's Song James has done a fantastic job of setting music and singing to the words of Eric's poem. Very touching.
Caruso Just how does Niall wrap his tongue around those Italian words so superbly and make one feel as if they have been caressed? Well done! I heard none better.
Deep in Your Heart This is yet another song attacking the senses trying to get through to the head. The calm sweet music and beautiful lyrics hope to invoke the loving response from the heart to bless the decisions of the mind.
Still By Your Side A song of hope, this is an affirmation of life after death in the belief that there is no need to grieve because we have not been left behind. We are all on a journey of memories until it is time to be reunited.
Remember Me/Recuerdame No need for a review here, it is a timeless song and one we will never forget.
I must say it was very difficult picking out a favorite song. I have chosen Ten Thousand Tears while Gary has chosen Angel of Mercy. I hope to buy We Are Not Islands, the European version of this album. I am anxious to hear I Will Never Let You Go, Here, There and Everywhere, Bright Blue Rose and TV Wars. 

 

Barnes & Noble
As the operatic crossover groups get more glitzy (in musical arrangements and fashion styling alike), it's refreshing to find the Celtic Tenors cultivating a boys-next-door image and a straight-from-the-heart delivery. Irish this trio may be, but they rarely make a point of it; even their a cappella version of "Danny Boy," while touching, has barely a trace of brogue. No matter; these singers make some of the most pleasing sounds in popera, both separately and blending together, and the Irish Tenors have a lock on that accent, anyway. It's hard to buy an album nowadays that doesn't include "You Raise Me Up," but the Celtic Tenors' version is different, and not just because soul diva Samantha Mumba joins in. The inspirational lyrics of the song really come through, and that's a key to their intent: The Celts' message is a spiritual one, and songs of hope -- "Angel of Mercy," "Deep in Your Heart," "Still by Your Side" -- make up the sturdy backbone of the album. Some highlights do break out of this mold, like the solo by Niall Morris (he's the one with the high notes) on "Caruso" and the threesome's collaboration with Air Supply on a cover of the 1975 mega-hit "All Out of Love." But the warm sincerity of the title song, Phil Coulter's "Remember Me," recorded with a simple piano accompaniment, brings the disc to a close on the poignant note so typical of these tenors at their best. Scott Paulin

 

All Music Guide
The Celtic Tenors are not the Irish Tenors, the Three Tenors, or Il Divo, but fans of opera, pop, and classical will find little to differentiate them from their more flamboyant contemporaries. Handsome, young, and oozing transcontinental sex appeal, Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson, and Niall Morris capably croon their way through 11 lushly arranged covers and traditional works. The arrangements range from orchestral ("Non Siamo Isole/We Are Not Islands") to late-'80s urban contemporary ("Ten Thousand Years"), resulting in an experience that is the audio equivalent of an exceptionally involving Harlequin romance novel. The Celtic Tenors are so safe that if you were to strap the CD around your head and dive headfirst off a ten-story building, any injuries would be purely emotional. However, if your idea of an amorous utopia is three impeccably groomed Irish lads belting out "All Out of Love" by Air Supply, then Remember Me will be the definitive soundtrack to many a midnight fumbling. James Christopher Monger

 

Love to the Power of Religion
by Stanley Fefferman - December 2005
http://www.thelivemusicreport.com/received/2005b/rememberMe.html
Imagine a full string orchestra ornamented with Spanish guitars backing three impossibly marvelous soaring Irish tenor voices singing in English and various romantic languages songs of love that won't quit. What else do you need? The music and most of the arrangements are lush hymns to extreme romantic attachment, in the near operatic style of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Les Mis, and Phantom, with a quixotic tinge of dream the impossible dream climb the highest mountain sort of thing. Love is the big risk, and these are the songs that make it succeed.
Ten Thousand Tears puts words to the melody of the Humming Chorus from Puccini's Madame Butterfly.The lyric makes it seem as if Pinkerton came secretly to Butterfly to heal her agony over his betrayal by begging her forgiveness. I never meant to hurt you. He tells her. You raised me up so I can stand on mountains. The Celtic Tenor album raises romantic love to a religious level.
The album is carefully thought out to keep to this theme but to offer a variety of widely popular flavours. All out of Love is an Elton John-like number "I wish I could carry your smile in my heart". The Tenors vary their offerings coming on at times solo, duo, and trio, in exquisite harmonies with each other and with various guests.
There's more piano in the tune with Deirdre Shannon and a chorus of female angels crooning Angel of Mercy my Love. More love as a religion dimension. This is followed by the inevitable Danny Boy for the home crowd, but gorgeously done. Then there's Still by Your Side, a Carol King type tune where the lovers are in heaven together.
In the title tune Remember, the tenors sing to the sound of a sad guitar how the power of longing, empowers memory to the level of hallucination: With mind adrift to where you are I'm holding you as I used to do. Love conquers all and the Celtic Tenors will make you believe it.

 

 

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Morris, Matthew Gilsenan and James Nelson are three classically trained tenors who have already caused a furore in several operatic companies and now, under the name of The Celtic Tenors, mix the classic genre with popular and Celtic music. In a serious way, but not lacking in humour. The same goes for the cd Remember Me, on which a number of guest stars cooperated. On Non Siamo Isole (We Are Not Islands) for example, the trio is joined by Brian Kennedy. Majella Cullagh plays a beautiful lead role on Ten Thousand Tears, and Samantha Mumba on You Raise Me Up. Deirdre Shannon joined them for all of two tracks. The Celtic Tenors sing All Out Of Love by Air Supply with this group. Sounds reasonably well.