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Album Review: The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be – Danielle Steers ★★★★★

She created one of the lead characters in Jim Steinman’s hit musical Bat Out Of Hell and now West End star Danielle Steers has released her debut album The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be, an intimate collection of Steinman’s songs.

Composer and lyricist Steinman is best-known for penning songs for the likes of Cher, Barbara Streisand, Bonnie Tyler and, of course, Meat Loaf. Steers, who until the lockdown was starring as Catherine Parr in Six, performs nine of Steinman’s hits, a perfect combination of up-tempo numbers and beautiful ballads, and all incredibly infectious. While the album includes some lesser-known songs (unless you’re a devout Meat Loaf fan) such as ‘Surf’s Up’ and ‘Lost Boys and Golden Girls’, there are also some iconic tunes featured including ‘Rock and Roll Dreams’, ‘Holding Out For a Hero’ and ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’.

Steers is renowned for her distinctive, powerful voice and with new arrangements from Noam Galperin (who also produced the album and plays on keys), she succeeds in putting her own stamp on some truly classic hits, proving there’s nothing she can’t do. Each track is a treat for the ears, but notable highlights include the beautiful ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’ and the stripped back version of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’. There’s also a delightful surprise for Six fans with ‘Holding Out For a Hero’, a fantastic duet between Steers and Lauren Drew (who plays Catherine of Aragon on the UK tour).

The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be offers a fresh take on some classic songs and is a great opportunity for Steers to take centre stage and showcase her amazing vocals. With an impressive choice of songs, some inspirational arrangements and a breathtaking performance from Steers, this is a strong debut album from a huge talent. Ahead of the album release Steers commented that it is a ‘love-letter to the fans who have supported me for nearly three years and still do to this day’. Her fans are sure to be impressed, and let’s hope it’s not too long before they can hear these tracks performed live on stage.


Rating: 5 out of 5. The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be is out now.

from News, Reviews and Features – My Theatre Mates

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