In recent times, “monthly favourites” have become more and more popular among YouTube users and bloggers. As someone whose interests seem to change as often as the weather it seemed appropriate for me to exercise my opinions in my own monthly favourites and what better way to start off than with a review of the album that really kick started this month: Rachel Tucker’s ‘The Reason.’
The highly anticipated debut album of the West End actress, who shot to fame in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TV search for Nancy in “I’d Do Anything,” was released for download on 12th August whilst fans who had pre-ordered the CD had to wait an additional few days for their own signed copy.
The album was instantly greeted with enthusiastic and favourable 140 character reviews on Twitter – enough to drown my timeline in praise and inspire me to check out this album for myself. It’s safe to say I wasn’t disappointed. The Reason is bursting with fantastic songs, perfectly capturing Tucker’s distinct voice. Anyone who has followed Tucker’s career will appreciate the selection of songs which include ‘Defying Gravity’ from Wicked and ‘No One But You’ from We Will Rock You. Alongside these theatrical songs are Ed Sheeran’s ‘Small Bump,’ Paloma Faith’s ‘Stone Cold Sober’ and even a Jolson and Judy medley featuring Tucker’s father. The flawless transition from genre to genre displays Tucker’s talent and demonstrates the versatility of her voice.
Fans new and old will be able to hear the characterisation featured heavily in the penultimate track ‘Defying Gravity.’ A song her career is closely identified with, Tucker does justice to this famous track. Her cover is complete with riffs and growls that will delight her fans as this seems to be the “ultimate” rendition of Defying Gravity and a combination of all of Tucker’s highlights during her two year stint as Elphaba in Wicked London.
The Reason is a highly listenable and enjoyable album that will delight anyone who buys it.
The Reason is available on iTunes, racheltucker.co.uk and amazon.