Michael Maniaci is a male soprano, which is a voice category unfamiliar to many lovers of classical vocal music. Unlike a countertenor, his voice sits naturally in the soprano register. His voice is really all about the fact that his vocal chords experienced fewer changes than what most young men experience when going through puberty. There are very few male sopranos, and Mr. Manicaci is without question the best male soprano in our midst. Thus we have here a singer who perhaps comes closer to giving us at least some idea of what the famous castrati sounded like more than anyone else today. He can sing high C's with ease and the voice here displays great agility and brio. I've listened to this album multiple times, and the more I hear it the more amazing I find it. The first time I heard it I was impressed with this his obvious joy, passion, and real sense of theater. This young male soprano's voice is gorgeous, but Michael Maniaci also understands that there is theater in this music and we can *hear* that in his singing..
This is Glenn's second album, released in 1988 when he was only 18 (actually, this one in particular is a Japanese import). It was his breakthrough album in many parts of the world and has some really fine pop songs. Of course, there are some of his biggest hits there such as "Long and lasting love", "Love always finds a reason" (the version here is the English version sung with Elsa), "Never get enough of you", and a wonderful re-recorded (and more powerful) "Nothing's gonna change my love for you", but I always thought "Someday love" and "Not me" where the real classics on the album.
No, this is not Glenn's best album as of yet (if you want to know what the guy is REALLY all about, you should check out "It's alright to love" (1993) or his latest album, "Captured" (1999)), but it was a milestone in his career.
I can tell you that Glenn (now 31) has become a very talented singer/songwriter, and has one of the best male voices around. He can do what George Michael can (tho his work is not as known as George's): he's gifted both with his voice as well as with his mind (writing and composing), and if you want to hear an artist who puts his heart and soul into his music, you'll find the right answer in Glenn Medeiros.
My two favourite artists? Glenn Medeiros and George Michael. Da Glennster and Yog. At least THEY know how to make real music!
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