Never say never. Donny Osmond's new album, "What I Meant to Say"—his 54th—debuted in the top 30 in the United Kingdom and spawned a No. 8 single in the breezy, inviting "Breeze On By.

Never say never. Donny Osmond's new album, "What I Meant to Say"—his 54th—debuted in the top 30 in the United Kingdom and spawned a No. 8 single in the breezy, inviting "Breeze On By." Fortunately, at this point in history, most of those who had posters of teen idol Donny on the wall have grown to appreciate those things that are precious and few in the States today: memorable melodies and pure, unaffected singing. And Osmond delivers aces, with a dozen personal pop anthems, 10 of which he wrote. Most are lush ballads, teeming with soaring, satisfying vocals and warm, full-bodied production. Two covers—Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting" and "This Guy's in Love With You" from Burt Bacharach/Hal David—ice the cake. A nice change of direction from previous Broadway and covers projects, "What I Meant to Say" is an inspired effort from a performer who has been working his magic for an astonishing 40 years now. And he has never sounded better.—CT