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Product Description

2011 album from the creative force behind Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. Music Is Better Than Words is a crisp sounding orchestral/big band record that features MacFarlane singing some of the hidden musical gems of the `40s and `5os. Introducing this rich sound and classic integrity to a new audience, the album features duets with beloved artists Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles, and was arranged, conducted, and produced by accomplished film and television composer Joel McNeely. McFarlane's voice has been celebrated for it's perfect phrasing, richness, and consistency. He is an experienced live performer, having played to sold out audiences at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall.

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Seth MacFarlane is the creative force behind "Family Guy," "American Dad!" and "The Cleveland Show." "Family Guy" has garnered four Emmys and seven Emmy nominations, including one in the Outstanding Comedy Series category. MacFarlane is in pre-production on his directorial feature film debut, TED, which he co-wrote with "Family Guy" writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B004T5IW2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm not really familiar with MacFarlane's biggest claims to fame--I don't really watch Family Guy, although I have seen a few episodes. I'm not even certain what made me pop this CD in the player--but boy am I glad that I did! I love big band music, love the rat pack, love the 40's and 50's style of music. This CD is a wonderful homage to that era; the orchestra is crisp, exciting with drenchingly melodic strings, playful flutes, and an elegant tempo throughout. But the real winner is Seth's voice! It is warm, warm, warm--like a wonderful thick robe you put on while sitting by the fire. His tone recalls Sinatra without being overly derivative, and his technique is marvellous--vibrato right on key. Melody is king here, beautiful melodies, wonderfully sung. This album has instantly earned itself a place next to some of my favorite big band/crooner albums, and will fit alongside them without irony. A delight, really a delight, and I am sitting here with a giant smile on my face listening to this record. Pick it up if you love Sinatra, Dino, and the guys, and give it a spin. Groovy.
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Music Is Better Than Words I have a 55 year history of collecting music and when I heard Seth MacFarlane's voice on SIRIUSly Sinatra satellite broadcast I immediately walked over to listen. If you like any of the well recorded male voices of the last twenty plus years, i.e., Michael Feinstein, Harry Connick, Jr., John Pizzarelli and Michael Buble, you will absolutely love Mr. MacFarlane's vocals. In his very erudite liner notes, Mr. MacFarlane eloquently explains what he, his producer and recording engineer were attempting to accomplish with this exemplary recording. I can only add that they achieved an A+ for effort AND results.

The choice of tunes was outstanding and, again, an A+ for picking songs that have not been sung ad nauseam. The only quibble I have in this respect is the choice of "Laura." Though it could be argued that this is an often recorded tune, you cannot find fault with Mr. MacFarlane's performance of this 'chestnut.' In fact his performance of all these tunes is especially good.

A rare Sinatra single from 1953, entitled "Anytime, Anywhere" gets a particularly great treatment with respect to the arrangement and performance. He and Norah Jones do a fabulous duet with "Two Sleepy People." A Van Heusen and Cahn number, "Love Won't Let You Get Away," is performed as another great duet with Sara Bareilles. I know this number from a favorite LP by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney entitled "Fancy Meeting You Here." Ms. Clooney also does a version of this tune on her Concord Records LP (CD?) "Rosemary Clooney Sings the Music of Jimmy Van Heusen." This newer duet version cedes no ground to the lovely original.
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It's great to see someone with a good voice keeping this style of music alive. It's actually a good album with unique works.

edit: PS: You should really read the booklet. It amazes me the great lengths they took to make this sound like the olden days while recording this.
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Easily the finest album of pop standards ever recorded by a cartoon dog, Seth MacFarlane's swinging tribute to the "golden age" of pop albums is astonishingly enjoyable. Joel McNeely's sprightly, overblown arrangements fit the creator of TV's "Family Guy" like a splendidly tailored suit. MacFarlane's full and warm baritone makes this collection far more essential than just some run-of-the-mill celebrity vanity project (yes, Mr. Laurie, I'm talking about you).

If you have a fondness for the great pop LP's of the mid-to-late 1950's (Sinatra, Como, Bennett, even Jackie Gleason's collections), this will make you very happy - and not in any post-modern ironic way. MacFarlane MEANS this stuff! After using the great Broadway and American songbooks as fodder for his tasteless - but hugely funny - animated empire, MacFarlane's sincere respect for the material and the era is obvious and very vivid on this disc/slab of MP3's.

Later this winter, you can even play this while sitting next to the fire with a brandy - the way Seth obviously meant you to hear it.
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I loved every song from this album. Has an old Sinatra feel to it but with modern situations and ideals. I love it and I hope he makes another one in the future.
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This release of songs by Mr. MacFarlane has to be THE biggest music surprise of 2011 - who would have EVER suspected the voice behind Peter, Stewie, and Brian would have such an incredible vocal range????!!! Listen to the samples of the CD offered by amazon.com, then decide for yourself. If you purchase the CD, be sure to read the liner notes - not only can Mr. MacFarlane sing, but is quite articulate as well. Should he ever decide to put his cartooning days behind him, he would do perfectly fine with a singing career, competing with the likes of Harry Connick, Jr. and Michael Buble. I would only have two questions for him at this point: When are you going to do a Christmas CD?; and Will you ever do a concert tour?
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