A Dream Come True

Becky Taylor has been winning awards for singing since she was 7, when she played Eponine in Les MisÉrables.

Becky Taylor has been winning awards for singing since she was 7, when she played Eponine in Les Misérables. Now 12, the British theater veteran releases this collection of songs from movie and stage musicals—mostly youth-oriented shows like Mary Poppins and The Secret Garden. Over sometimes treacly arrangements, her soprano—though often breathless and sibilant—brims with cheer. Sheer enthusiasm is enough to sell a straightforward, bright number like "I'm Flying" from Peter Pan. But she lacks the emotional depth to tackle headier material; on "Not While I'm Around" (Sweeney Todd) or "Over the Rainbow" (The Wizard of Oz) she's in way over her head. Taylor hits the right notes, but there's no meaning or expressiveness, no color or subtext. (After all, she hasn't even reached puberty yet.) With her raw talent, Taylor is on the right track to become a serious vocalist one day, but she isn't there yet.—WH