BWW Review: Nadim Naaman's SIDES Album

BWW Review: Nadim Naaman's SIDES Album

Alongside performing as Raoul eight times a week in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End, Nadim Naaman has somehow found the time to record his second album, Sides, with independent record label Auburn Jam Music. The CD is split into two sections; the first being original songs penned by Naaman himself and the second half consisting of personal favourites from musical theatre including ones that have shaped his career until this point.

This is an album showcasing a true artist and huge star of the future. Not only does he show his versatility as a brilliant storyteller but also his strength as a credible songwriter. Those who are aware of Naaman will have followed the growth of his musical theatre career over the last ten years and understand what a rare breed of talent he is. However, his albums demonstrate another dimension to his skills.

From the opening number, 'Blinded By Fire', I was hooked. Although original, there is still a very theatrical feel to the song and I'd go as far as saying it has the grandeur of a James Bond theme in parts. Going from track to track in the original section, each number has a very different vibe and change of tempo, meaning it never feels repetitive and samey. They are heavily acoustic based with a particular piano driven number in 'Learn To Say Goodbye'. A particular highlight is 'This'll Be The Year' which is perfect for the summer with a folk influence. Jeremy Secomb and Laura Tebbutt join Naaman on 'Here I Am' and 'Falling' respectively and both vocals are respectful towards each other on both tracks. The former especially is very powerful and emotive.

The selection of musical theatre songs chosen are superb and on the whole are not ones that have been done to death by other artists. It is a perfect compilation culminating in a flamenco inspired rendition of 'The Phantom of the Opera' alongside co-star Celinde Schoenmaker which is quite simply genius and feels very fresh. Other memorable numbers include 'The Proposal/The Night Was Alive' from Titanic, performed with Rob Houchen: stunning with plenty of depth and the slightly stripped back version of 'Out There' from the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

There is not a bad song on the album and I encourage you all to purchase a copy.

Sides by Nadim Naaman is out now and is available in physical form from Auburn Jam Music and via download from iTunes.

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