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“The flavors and sultry rhythms of Spain and Cuba, Argentina and Mexico give a nod to the quartet’s beginnings, whilst marking an exciting new chapter in their career. ‘AMOR & PASION’ – an album full of love and romance.” – www.IlDivo.com
The four-piece group was formed in 2003 by Simon Cowell holding international auditions to find the next group to win “Artist of the Decade” in 2011. That wasn’t his initial intention, of course. The multilingual members consist of David Miller from the United States; Carlos Marin of Spain; French tenor Sebastien Izambard; and Urs Buhler of Switzerland. The men have performed alongside singers such as Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Michael Ball, and others.
“For me it’s amazing. After 11 years, we always find something again that gets us genuinely excited,” says Urs. “I am so inspired by this album. A lot of the music was completely unknown to me before. And it’s beautiful music. It’s very happy, very uplifting, very passionate – it is music full of love.”
The tracks on the new album may sound familiar from Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” Andre Bocelli’s performance of Bésame Mucho, and “Sway” which has been covered by others–such as The Pussycat Dolls and Michael Bublé.
The album, as stated previously, is all about romance, love and passion. Based on my knowledge and following the quartet for the last 12 years, their biggest hits and crowd-pleasers to come from this album include “Por Una Cabeza,” “Si Voy A Perderte,” “Bésame Mucho,” “Quién Será,” “Eres Tu,” and “Himno de la Alegría.”
Personally, it is rare for me to fall in love with an entire album. I have an eclectic taste that ranges from traditional folk music to operatic pop to some metal and hard rock genres. Usually when I listen to an album or an artist for the first time, I preview the entire album then listen to my one or two favorites – if that’s even applicable. The last album I fell “hard” for was Hozier’s title album Hozier – who performed at this past summer’s Newport Folk Festival.