David's latest studio album, This Time Around, was released in February of 2012. This album had been highly anticipated by David's fans for a few years, and it didn't fail to disappoint, as it is heralded by many as his greatest album to date. Following his successful run on Broadway in the Frank Wildhorn musical Jekyll & Hyde, David wanted to release an album of songs from and in the style of Wildhorn's broadway hit. Around this time, David began working with award winning Spanish producer Rudy Perez, and the late Wade Hubbard on a Spanish language album, of which contained some songs from Jekyll & Hyde, including This Is The Moment, which was recorded as Hoy Es El Dia. Though some of these songs were recorded, they were unfortunately not released as an album. As time went by the concept of this album changed a bit, but never left David's heart. As fate would have it, it would soon be Frank Wildhorn himself who would collaborate with, and produce the album for David.
With Frank Wildhorn producing, David entered the recording studio to begin work on his most passionate musical venture to date. The album, originally titled "The Romantics", or "David Hasselhoff Sings The Romatincs" was recorded in Wildhorn's NY studio. The album contains several broadway hits, both solo and duets, as well as an original song written by Wildohorn and performed by David and his daughters Taylor Ann, and Hayley.
The album kicks off with an amazingly strong performance, and what David has called his favorite song on the album, the title track "This Time Around". David showcases his amazing vocal talents on this track, which at the time, had such meaningful lyrics, as it fit into his own personal goals and mindset. David has also performed this show live and on The Hoff Is Back Tour in 2011.
What I Did For Love, from A Chorus Line is the next track. David's performance of this song can be found on his 2011 dvd release The Hoff Is Back.
The 3rd song on the album, You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, was originally released on David's 2004 album "David Hasselhoff Sings America" album. David decided to add this song to this album, as its sound and vibe fit into this selection perfectly.
From here we move on to the duet, Anything Can Happen. This beautiful song takes listeners on a journey of love through it's lyrics, and beautifully orchestrated music.
The next song, the Leslie Bricusse & Frank Wildhorn penned, Someone Like You, is a song from Jekyll & Hyde. David was the first male performer to record this song, which has always been sung by a female lead in the musical. David delivers a passionate performance, singing this from his perspective. Videos of David can been found online of him performing this one live, including a performance on QVC UK.
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, is up next. This one was also released on David's 2004 Sings America album, but was chosen to be added to This Time Around.
The standout Jekyll & Hyde hit "This Is The Moment" follows next. David has been performing this song, often times as a live show opener for many years. This is an amazing recording and one that David is very proud of.
From here, we have the duet "At Last" from the musical Dracula. This song is one of my favorites on the album, and the male lead vocals seem to have been written for David!
"Learning How To Dance Is Easy", "Loving You Keeps Me Alive", and "There Is Love" are phenomenal songs as well. David's powerful vocals stand out and flow perfectly with the amazing orchestral selections on these tunes.
My personal favorite on this album is "I Was Born To Love You". This is a beautiful duet, that upon hearing the demo, immediately stood out to me as not only my favorite on the album, but one of my favorite songs that David has recorded to date. David has also performed this song live in his Evening With David Hasselhoff show.
"If I Should Lose My Way", and "I'll Be Here With You" are up next. The latter being a beautiful duet featuring David's daughters, Taylor Ann & Hayley Hasselhoff".
The album concludes with a bonus track, one of David's all time favorites, "More Than Words Can Say". David co-wrote this one with the late Glenn Morrow, and the late Wade Hubbard for his 1997 album "Hooked On A Feeling". This one was also recorded in Spanish for the Spanish language album, and performed by David at the Vina Del Mar festival in 2001.
Fans of the Hoff agree that this is truly an amazing album that will live on for years to come! If you haven't picked this one up yet, its available via the Hoff Shop!