Album: Il Divo, An Evening with Il Divo: Live in Barcelona (Syco)

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The invention of "Operatic Pop" may be Simon Cowell's musical legacy. Togged up in Armani, the quartet Il Divo here run through their repertoire – pop ballads like "Nights In White Satin", "Without You" and "My Way" given Italian translations and belted out with orchestral accompaniment – in front of 20,000 fans in Barcelona.

Their voices blend pleasingly on "Without You" and "Hallelujah", but surely one would expect a half-decent tenor to cope with Bobby Hatfield's highest part on "Unchained Melody". And what's this: "Albinoni's Adagio", an actual classical piece? What on earth's that doing here?

Download this Without You; Hallelujah; Nights In White Satin