Reviewer: Naomi Stevens
To Do. To Be is the latest offering from the multi-talented Tim Prottey-Jones. The brand new music contained within this album comes from an assortment of short and feature-length films and musical theatre and is a collaboration with several other writers combined with the vocals of many names from Theatreland including Declan Bennett, Alistair Brammer and Laura Pitt-Pulford.
An experienced writer and performer, Prottey- Jones already has quite a catalogue of music under his belt as well as playing a variety of instruments including guitar, keys and percussion, all of which he uses as accompaniment on this album. The 15 tracks cover a range from the catchy and upbeat to the slower and more poignant creating a diverse and original collection. Many of the pieces are taken from projects with underlying tones of love, relationships and human emotions.
Kicking off with Amy Lennox’ rendition of Have You Ever, this album sets strong expectations of what is to come. Despite the musical theatre background, the songs are all good standalone tunes and work well without the context they have been written in – most would not sound out of place on the radio as they have an all round appeal. One of the nicest things with these tracks is that the next number is always a surprise.
Highlights include The Song of Sin, which is a real foot tapper and an instantly likeable number performed by Paul Ayres. I Tried To Save You and I’ll Be With You Always sung by Tyrone Huntley and Jacqueline Hughes respectively are touching, emotional ballads. Within the first couple of plays of this album the listener will already be caught up in the words or in the case of the faster tracks, humming along.
The overwhelming impression is one of wanting more. It is unlikely to blow everything else out of the water, but there are no big negatives either. It is enough to offer a taster of the productions the music has come from and certainly to pique one’s curiosity about them. It can be unfair to compare one artist to another but there are parts on this album which are reminiscent of Scott Alan, but this is by no means a bad thing.
Prottey-Jones has a lot to offer and will no doubt continue to be hugely successful, it is no surprise that artists and fellow writers are choosing to pair up with him to make music. If you are not already familiar with this man, then now would be a good time to become acquainted.