I agree! It's a powerful song. Definately my favorite on Russell Watson's album. You are correct to say that it is well written. Speaking of which, do you think that may be the only drawback to Russell Watson? He has an amazing voice, but doesn't seem to do a lot of songwriting, if any. Sometimes it seems that his songs are a little "preachy", or rather, singing about something, without really knowing for real what it was like to actually go through the ezperience of what he's singing about. Don't get me wrong, anyone that has a voice like his, needs to be given a song to sing, whether he can write or not. But it seems to me that his songs do not come from that deep place that I generally look for in a song. "The Alchemist" is somewhat saved by the fact that Lara has the ability to make it her experience whether she wrote it or not, and I think it lifts Russell to new heights of his own. Great song!