Ramin Karimloo’s ‘Ramin’

15 Apr

Ramin Karimloo is one of the brightest stars in theatre thanks to his breath-taking performances in some of West-end’s most iconic shows, including The Phantom Of The Opera and Les Miserables. His extraordinary vocals during his roles as The Phantom and Jean Valjean has left musical fans dubbing him the Angel of the West End. However, there is more to Karimloo than the fantastical theatrical world as he releases his début album, ‘Ramin‘. With the album, the singer is attempting to gain recognition in the more mainstream musical industry with a display of skills in both performing and also within the construction of music as he takes the role of song-writer. Instead of an album of covers, ‘Ramin‘ is also made up of a number of self-penned tracks, meaning one does not need to be  a lover of the theatre to appreciate this album.

The overall sound of the album is deeply rooted in the structures of the theatre with it’s emotional lyrics, powerful vocals and an abundance of traditional instruments that infuses the classical with pop-rock. It is a captivating collection with a glorious atmosphere that strikes right through its audience. Karimloo has stated influences as diverse as Mumford and Sons and Johnny Cash, as well as admitting a love for country – a sound that can indeed be found lurking within the compositions. This very mainstream influence works effectively with Karimloo’s theatrical style, creating an edgy and fresh sound that does justice to his love for music. The self-penned songs exude the theatrical influence as they take shape in the structures of a power-ballad; both in musical composition as well as in the lyrical foundations. Each song conforms to the balance between the power of the musical and the character of mainstream; each possessing the same ingredients with full focus on the rich vocals. Guitars, strings and drums are the dominating instruments with a lively piano in the backdrop, echoing the great soft-rock ballads of  Meat Loaf and Céline Dion in places. The songs are all equally touching and personal in subject matter, coinciding with the dramatic atmosphere that Karimloo is used to portraying.

It is a rich and colourful collection of music, making it a most enjoyable experience; it is on the verge of sublime with the overwhelming power and glorious atmosphere.

For a taste, check out the music video for ‘Coming Home‘ below!

Check out Ramin Karimloo’s official site here!


2 Responses to “Ramin Karimloo’s ‘Ramin’”

  1. Kamal May 4, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    Dear Jessie,

    I am writing this message to let you know that I really enjoyed reading your review of Ramin’s album. Like yourself, I am a Shakespeare student at Royal Holloway and I enjoy musical theatre a lot! I did enjoy Ramin’s performances in both Phantom and Les Miz. In fact, I loved his portrayal as Jean Val Jean that I am considering going to see him again.

    All the best,


    • Kacela May 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Much appreciated =]

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