Album: BLAKE, Together (EMI)

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One doesn't wish to appear a snob, but there's little alternative faced with the unambitious, unsatisfying Together, where the self-proclaimed "classical boyband" tackle a selection of mainstream talent-show fodder, simpering through "She" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "With Or Without You"and fawning limply through unadventurous pop-classical fare such as "Ave Maria", "Cavatina" and "Nessun Dorma".

The latter simply draws attention to their limited talents by comparison with more heavyweight tenors. The net effect of their tame pop covers is mumsy tosh, I'm afraid.

Download this I Vow To Thee My Country, With Or Without You