Peter Andre / Katie Price

A Whole New World

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Either one could look at the release of this album as a joke and join in with a celebrity couple having a bit of fun, or one can take it seriously and attempt to justify why Peter Andre, once a serious pop star who attempted good fun pop, then tried his hand at R&B, and why his wife, Katie Price, otherwise known as Jordan, would demean herself with such absolute (that's the record label by the way) rubbish. Perhaps the former is the better choice, for listening to A Whole New World showed just one of the reasons why the music industry was in such a state in 2006 with falling CD sales and more artists who had been around since the 1960s selling records than outstanding newcomers. "A Whole New World" was the sugar sweet Disney song from the film Aladdin which Aladdin sings to Jasmine as he shows her the delights of Arabia from aboard his magic carpet, but in the hands of Peter Andre, he turns it into a meaningless ditty, for the last thing that Katie Price would have wanted was a new world, there being nothing wrong with her present one. Well actually there was one thing wrong. She can't sing. Enhanced her voice may be, but on the one song she actually begins singing, "Tonight I Celebrate My Love," she has trouble pronouncing the word celebrate which was strange, considering her background. Unfortunately, Peter Andre seemed to have lost the ability to sing too, if he ever really had it, but if the whole point of this album was option one, then it didn't really matter, apart from the smaller amount of money it would raise for the charities Vision and the NSPCC. Reverting to the serious side, there was a mixed selection of ballads and uptempo tracks, the ballads including "Endless Love," "Cherish," and "I Come Down" and the danceable numbers including "The Two of Us," "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (oh dear, even more cheese than the original) with a synthesized backing that did its best to attempt to sound like Elton John's and apart from being note for note perfect, failed miserably. There's "I've Had the Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing, another worse than average karaoke number, and "The Best Things in Life Are Free." Sadly for those people who actually bought this album, they were not.

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