In the grand scheme of things, it’s not long since West End audiences were enjoying the nightly performances of Australian vocalist Daniel Koek as Les Miserables lead Jean Valjean. Having received rave reviews for his epic, year-long stint in the iconic role, it’s with impressive speed that Koek (pronounced ‘Cook’) has released his debut studio album High.
Released through Decibel Records, the album is one squarely aimed at the market which has recently enjoyed the likes of Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli. Koek’s powerful, stirring vocal shines throughout, moving through a selection of songs which seem to be chosen to best showcase what is a world class talent.
Whether covering Adele’s ‘Set Fire to the Rain’, or re-arranging Les Mis’ ‘Bring Him Home’ in the form of a duet with Jonathan Ansell, there’s no denying that Daniel Koek has the ability to lend his classically trained voice to a number of genres. Those with a more ‘alternative’ disposition may not be as enamoured, but that is not the target audience for this particular release.
This is well produced, mainstream music targeted for a huge audience. Often that is not an indicator as to quality. In the case of Daniel Koek, High has that quality in spades.
Available now on iTunes.