Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Classical
With appealing charm, unaffected innocence, and a voice as pretty as the young Wayne Newton's, 13-year-old Michael Verschuere (hence the "Junior") performs a collection of European popular music and classical standards swe... more »
With appealing charm, unaffected innocence, and a voice as pretty as the young Wayne Newton's, 13-year-old Michael Verschuere (hence the "Junior") performs a collection of European popular music and classical standards sweetly and unpretentiously. The Belgian wunderkind sings proficiently in five languages; the kid must learn one each year! His enjoyable voice is full-throated and punctuated by a mature vibrato, as he captures the casual swagger of the Italian popular style in "Il Mondo," and croons the French standards with joie de vivre. Most of the selections are interpreted in a simple and straightforward manner, with a one-dimensional emotional range, not surprising for an adolescent. This is particularly problematic, however, when the boy tackles such classics as "Ave Maria," and "Panis Angelicus," which demand interpretive embellishment to be musically satisfying. If optimistic and kind-hearted teenage boys with pretty voices are your thing, or if you swoon at the thought of Sarah Brightman, Charlotte Church, and Andrea Bocelli sharing a stage together, you will adore this disc. --Barbara Eisner Bayer
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Alexander M. Cavazos | Washington, DC United States | 08/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I watched and listened to this young star as he mesmerized an entire theater, including me, on a Sunday PBS special. Not since Charlotte Church, has any child delighted my ears like Michael Junior. Although his performance is available on VHS, like me, you'll enjoy the convenience of carrying this one with you. Having said that, there was no substitute to actually seeing this gifted, young man sing his heart out. I assure you; you won't be disappointed. You'll hear classical music like you've never heard it before, sung by a clear, new voice that guarenteed to turn this market upside down."
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Alexander M. Cavazos | 01/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I believe this is a truly magnificent album, unlike any I have heard recently except those of Helmut Lotti. Perfect? Hardly, but pretty close. Generally child singers gain their fame for only a short while and they gain that success based more on the novelty of their age than on their talent. Currently, at the beginning of 2001, there are at least four child singers who are popular: Charlotte Church the 14-year-old opera singer; Billy Gilman the 12-year old country singer; Aaron Carter the 13-year old rock singer; and 13-year-old Michael Verschuere (Michael Junior.) The first three, I am sure have limited careers ahead of them. Aaron Carter has no voice of any particular distinction; Billy Gilman, while cute and sings well, is pretty much a standard boy soprano very likely to lose his "sound" as he grows older; Charlotte Church has a pure bell-like soprano, but her voice is not maturing well. It is thin and often annoying in its knife-like sharpness; Michael, on the other hand has many things going for him: his voice is truly beautiful, full, resonant, and malleable. He has excellent control over voice, breath and color. He is able to sing just about anything, but usually chooses songs that are big, complex, and challenging both for himself and for his audience. In addition he has an amazing natural sense of showmanship as demonstrated in his PBS concert called "Dreamland." I'm quite sure that he alone of this group has the potential of rising above the novelty of his age and having a long career into his adult years. Buy this album. You will not be disappointed."
One of the Greatest Performers!
KSN | Enterprise, AL USA | 08/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I also saw Michael Junior's performance on PBS. I fell in love with his talent immediately. Whenever I'm feeling low, I play his CD, especially his song, "Friends". I feel instantly uplifted. Truly, he is one of God's gifts for all of us to enjoy. Does anyone know how I can get his VHS tape of "Dreamland"? I highly recommend this CD to all, but if you do want the German version, you must order the "Traumland" CD."