"Some Enchanted Evening" is the latest album by accomplished singer and actor Dallyn Vail Bayles.
Bayles is a talented artist who is no stranger to musicals — the focus of his latest album.
This is Bayles’ third solo album. His first two CDs focus on songs with spiritual overtones. "Some Enchanted Evening" is his first solo album that focuses exclusively on songs from Broadway musicals.
In particular, Bayles writes on the inside cover of the album that his song choices are “a mix of timeless and contemporary Broadway songs that tell the familiar story of the joys and challenges that love brings.”
Some of what Bayles presents in this 12-song album is unoriginal and falls flat, but the vast majority of the album provides listeners with a fun and uplifting experience. Tracks such as “Something’s Coming” offer less energy than is traditionally found in interpretations of the song, and the title track was disappointingly unoriginal.
However, his approach to songs such as “Lily’s Eyes,” “In Whatever Time We Have,” and “The Impossible Dream” show why Bayles is such a tremendous talent.
The caliber of his voice is never in question, but what truly separates Bayles from much of the pack is the almost tangible passion that can be felt as he temporarily assumes the role of the character singing each song. While Bayles creates the album’s sound, it is the voices of Don Quixote — Cinderella’s prince — and Archibald Craven that listeners hear.
For the majority of the album in which Bayles is at his acclaimed best, he achieves his self-proclaimed goal to both entertain and provide “a source of hope and inspiration because of the messages these songs contain about what matters most in life.”
Note: The preceding is a modified version of my review published in the Deseret News.
Dallyn Vail Bayles is a Master of Broadway Musical Theatre. His new CD, "Some Enchanted Evening", is more than enchanting. Bayles draws the audience into his world of love, with all of its up and downs, throgh a carefully chosen repertoire of classic and contemporary Broadway selections. His rich tenor vocals are flawless, filled with depth and emotion. Dallyn Vail Bayles is not just a singer of songs, he lives the music and his passion fills the heart and nourishes the soul. I give "Some Enchanted Evening" a solid "10"!
This is Bayles's best album yet. His voice soars on every track, outshining the original artists. It's the combination of his stellar voice, which truly seems limitless, with his background and training as an actor that really set him apart here. Simply magnificent - each song is extraordinary. His guest artists also do a brilliant job.