BWW Reviews: WORDS SHARED WITH FRIENDS Album

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BWW Reviews: WORDS SHARED WITH FRIENDS Album

Words Shared With Friends is an album featuring some of the best West End vocalists that we have to offer. The CD consists of a heterogeneous mix of music styles with something to appeal to everyone. Lyricist Robert Gould, whose credits include 'The Land's Shore', 'After The Turn' and 'Grace Notes', works alongside a variety of composers on this album including Christopher J.Orton, Tristan Bons and Ty Kroll.

Auburn Jam Music have released the album on their label which is now available from Amazon and iTunes. This follows the launch concert which happened on Sunday at the Leicester Square Theatre to high acclaim.

Words Shared With Friends is predominantly ballad heavy and although there are similarities, there are some really lovely tunes amongst them. Those that stood out for me are the beautifully romantic 'The Blanket of my Love' with music and vocals by Jonathan Eio with Laura Pitt-Pulford and the soaring 'For The First Time' composed by Tristan Bons and performed by Jos Slovick. There are a couple of catchy pop numbers which balance out the largely piano-based pieces; 'Reasons' written and sung by Joe Sterling and 'Jaded' with its great electric guitar solos composed by Ben Messenger and performed by Will Garratt.

Gould has worked with the artists featured on the album over the last twelve years and the collaboration is more than apparent. There is a clear chemistry and although some numbers can appear a little samey when listening straight through in order, there are some truly beautiful musical numbers within them.

I sincerely hope Words Shared With Friends gets good recognition and the credit it deserves.

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Jenny Antill Jenny is a freelance stage manager, having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2010.

Professional work includes: War Horse (UK tour), The Lion King (UK tour), Spend, Spend, Spend & Just So (Birmingham Ormiston Academy), Godiva Awakes (Imagineer Productions), Wings of Desire (International Dance Festival Birmingham), Dick Whittington, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Cinderella and Jack & the Beanstalk (Solihull Arts Complex), Paul Daniels: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow & Liberace: Live From Heaven (Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Little Shop of Horrors (Birmingham Rep Theatre).

Predominantly Midlands-based, Jenny is also a keen writer in her spare time and frequently writes for Whatsonstage Central. She is proud to be part of the BroadwayWorld reviewers' team.