If you’re looking for a stagey album (that doesn’t feature Josh Groban) this Christmas, then look no further.
Richard Woodford’s album ‘Because of You’ provides a wonderfully varied list of musical theatre classics as well as a few newer treats thrown in. Woodford’s voice adapts beautifully to several different musical styles, from Phantom to Saturday Night Fever.
The orchestrations are well worth a mention, a particular highlight being a gorgeous stripped back acoustic version of ‘bring him home’. There are also a number of lovely duets, my favourite of which being ‘Under Pressure’ with Sabrina Aloueche. Despite Woodford’s voice being versatile, I couldn’t help but favour his more classical covers. His interpretation of ‘Till I Hear You Sing’ is breathtaking, and I could easily listen to it on repeat!
In conclusion, another cracker of an album from SimG records and a great stocking filler for Musical theatre fans!
Reviewed by Laura Cooper