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Music Is Better Than Words

Seth MacFarlaneAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

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Universal Republic Records has signed Television Executive Producer/Actor Seth MacFarlane, the multi-talented creator behind the hit Emmy winning FOX Animated Series Family Guy. MacFarlane will record and deliver a fully orchestrated album of 1940s and ‘50’s classic show tunes, scheduled to hit stores and online platforms later this year.
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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Republic
  • ASIN: B004T5IW2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It's Anybody's Spring
2. Music Is Better Than Words
3. Anytime, Anywhere
4. The Night They Invented Champagne
5. Two Sleepy People ft. Norah Jones
6. You're The Cream In My Coffee
7. Something Good
8. Nine O'Clock
9. Love Won't Let You Get Away ft. Sara Bareillis
10. It's Easy To Remember
11. The Sadder But Wiser Girl
12. Laura
13. You And I
14. She's Wonderful Too

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About the Artist

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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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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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice September 27, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
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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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is No Angry Chicken, or Monkey In A Closet, but... September 28, 2011
By Kenneth
Format:MP3 Music
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First effort a Fabulous result August 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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. The only original song was the final track co-written by Mr.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal September 29, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Who knew the Family Guy guy would be this great? This CD is phenomenal..As long as he keeps making music I will keep buying! Great job.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonished! November 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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, 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this side of Seth MacFarlane January 11, 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Who would have known ...
Seth MacFarlane is incredible! Can't wait for his Christmas CD!
Published 4 days ago by Johnnie D. Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised
I was pleasantly surprised with this album. Upon discovering that Seth had made an album I was not really sure what to expect. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kayla
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs - Great Singer
Great singer. Great music. I knew Seth MacFarlane could sing, but I did not realize just how beautifully he sounds when not playing a cartoon character.
Published 1 month ago by Honda11
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent album Seth has such a brilliant voice I'm in love
Published 1 month ago by Helen Sumption
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great cd. There is no words about Seth MacFarlane.
Published 1 month ago by Luis M. Pichardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs and a great singer!
I love it! I knew Seth McFarland when he was a child in Connecticut and I'm so happy that he is so successful and so talented
Published 2 months ago by marjorie anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Sings (phrasing) like Dick Haymes/Jack Jones
I was so surprised. Sings (phrasing) like Dick Haymes/Jack Jones. Loved the huge band, strings etc. Cost a pretty penny I'm sure to get the #1 call musicians for the gig. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gail S. McQuary
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous voice.
This is now a favorite album for the entire family. Grandkids have asked for their own CD for Christmas. They love it, too. His voice and choice of music is amazing.
Published 3 months ago by grandmajia
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Buble!
This is an incredibly surprising album, considering MacFarlane's day job. This is a loving throwback to a time when songs required actual singing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jacqueline A. Wheatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I had no idea Seth MacFarlane is so multi-talented. I always just associated him with Family Guy until he hosted the Academy Awards a few years back and did a song and dance... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Desiree
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