Mario Frangoulis' second release, "Follow Your Heart," continues the Greek tenor's assault on Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli turf.
Mario Frangoulis' second release, "Follow Your Heart," continues the Greek tenor's assault on Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli turf. While the classical crossover singer certainly has the edge when it comes to sex appeal, his voice sometimes lacks the warmth and effortless emotive quality of his chart comrades. That's not to say there aren't prize moments here, including opener "Come What May" from "Moulin Rouge," the dreamy "Bridge of Dreams" and his seamless duet with Alejandro Fernandez, "Hay Mas." Frangoulis sings in four languages: English, Spanish, Greek and Italian. And he often sounds more passionate—less technically focused—in all but the first tongue. Overall, the selection of material is daring and inspiring, and the album as a whole is a worthy contender for fans of operatic pop. But Groban still commands this niche market.—CT