The group’s final album is surprisingly sombre and feels like a bittersweet goodbye.
Anyone who has followed Collabro’s career since they first appeared on Britain’s Got Talent know that the high quality of the harmonies that they are able to deliver through their music is never in doubt. This is something that is still very much in evidence on their latest and final album ‘Be still My Soul’ which has a very soulful and gospel vibe to it that offers a more of a sombre and reflective outlook than I was expecting.
From songs such as the sincere and emotional sounding ‘Poor Wayfaring Stranger’ to the slightly more folksy in style ‘The Old Rugged Cross’, the album flows beautifully from one song to the next and is a suitably gentle listen. It feels as though a lot of thought has gone into the selection of songs to be included to reflect the best of each individual’s voices, ensuring that no-one is left out, while also providing an element of comfort in a world filled with trouble – even if it feels slightly sombre.
But there are also some lovely arrangements of songs to really enjoy. In particular, I really enjoyed the way in which ‘Let the River Run’ gradually builds and soars to an uplifting climax, while ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ feels as though it takes on a whole new meaning.
Some might find the album a little understated for their tastes but it is consistent in style and tone to make for enjoyable listening – particularly with the inclusion of songs such as ‘Tears in Heaven’ and ‘Be Still My Soul’ which may be quiet in tone but it doesn’t lessen each song’s impact on the album, which has been well constructed as a whole.
This doesn’t mean however that this album is still not a surprise. While we are used to Collabro picking sensitive songs whether its from musical theatre or popular songs and making them their own, this album seems to bring a new sense of maturity to the type of music that they have progressed into wanting to make, bringing them around full circle in a pleasing way. The overall vibe of the album is bittersweet in many ways.
If you enjoyed their previous albums, then this is a lovely addition to the collection that is very soothing to listen to from start to finish.
By Emma Clarendon
Be Still My Soul is available to buy and download now.