Richard & Adam Johnson rose to fame through Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year. The classical brothers finished third and famously had their finale performance interrupted by an egg-thrower. Whilst that could have cost them the all-important first place in the competition, the brothers have still bagged a record deal with Sony and have this week released their debut album The Impossible Dream.
There’s something appealingly familiar about a release from a Britain’s Got Talent contestant, especially when they sing classical-crossover. Glancing at the tracklisting for The Impossible Dream there are no surprises in terms of the choices of songs which is both a good and a bad thing. Whilst the songs will instantly be recognisable to the duo’s core audience, you can’t help but feel they’ve all been covered to death in recent years mostly by X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent contestants. That having been said there’s no denying that the brothers can sing and they clearly have talent.
The album opens with the title track, which they performed on Britain’s Got Talent, and the lyrics perfectly capture their journey from unknowns to classical-crossover stars. All of the songs they cover on the album are big standards so they have big shoes to fill. Their dramatic interpretation of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s The Power of Love is a standout moment that will send shivers down your spine, whilst Unchained Melody perfectly suits their harmonies. Somewhere showcases the power they possess individually, as well as a duo, and album closer The Winner Takes It All translates the classic Abba track into Spanish for a surprisingly effective closer.
Something that should be commended is the arrangements across the album. The instrumentation is simply gorgeous breathing new life into these familiar songs.
The Impossible Dream may be predictable but it’s not without its charm. Richard & Adam are just at the start of their journey and they’ve done well to put together an album of this quality in a relatively short space of time. It’ll be interesting to see how they grow and evolve as they move into their second album. For now though this should provide them with a decent chart smash and pave the way for more success in the future.