Terry Bradford 

In Concert in the Napa Valley

Bradford was the 1990 Star Search male vocalist champion and reached international audiences during his five years as Celine Dion's duet partner. He has dozens of movie and TV credits and has sung lead and backup with the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Lionel Richie, and Elton John. The man has a big voice and classical training that lets him slide up and down the scale or effortlessly leap octaves. He seldom lets his impressive pipes get in the way of the song, but the sentimental program here lacks a dynamic arch. Individual tracks hold up well, but the arrangements play it safe, and as the fifteen tracks unwind, you find your mind wandering. That said, there are impressive moments. In opener "I Believe," sung a cappella, Bradford avoids oversinging. He even manages to make the treacle of "We Are the World" listenable by underplaying the song's sentimentality. He gives Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" a funky, sanctified feel, and punctuates his medley of "I Can See Clearly Now"/"Let the Sunshine In" with an impressive demonstration of his high end. The sound on this self-produced effort isn't the best — individual instruments get lost in the mix — but Bradford's low key charisma shines through. —

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