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Wearing Someone Elses Clothes

Jason Robert Brown, Ralph FarrisAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 29, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: June 29, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sh-K-Boom
  • ASIN: B0009S2TG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Someone Else's Clothes
2. Long Long Road
3. Someone To Fall Back On
4. Getting Out
5. Over
6. Music Of Heaven
7. Nothing In Common
8. I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You
9. I'm In Bizness
10. Coming Together
11. Grow Old With Me

Editorial Reviews

The hippest of the new generation of Broadway composers, Jason Robert Brown breaks through with his first solo album, Wearing Someone Else's Clothes. Collecting songs written between 1996 and 2004, it's an eclectic mix of rock, gospel, funk, and jazz that won't surprise anyone familiar with his musicals, particularly his song cycle Songs for a New World. As a performer and a writer, Brown will draw the inevitable comparisons to Billy Joel's "angry young man" storytelling style (particularly with "Getting Out"), but he also seems to be picking up the baton from Stephen Schwartz, a well-known musical theater composer (Godspell, Wicked) who has had some success in the pianist-singer-songwriter realm. Brown and his band, the Caucasian Rhythm Kings, are frequent performers, and the numbers have a live excitement to them, often stretching out over five minutes. "Over" is a moving anti-war statement, and "Someone to Fall Back On" recalls the yearning passion of New World's "I'd Give It All for You." Guest artists include Lillias White, jazz guitarist Howard Alden, and a studio choir comprised of Brown's theater peers such as Rebecca Luker, Jessica Molaskey, Alice Ripley, and Matt Bogart. Wearing Someone Else's Clothes is an engaging and rewarding album, but that doesn't mean we can't still anxiously await Brown's next musical. --David Horiuchi

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your iPod wants this CD... August 4, 2005
By Susan
Format:Audio CD
Did Billy Joel and Joni Mitchell have a child and hire Stephen Sondheim as their nanny, or am I just listening to a Jason Robert Brown CD?

Jason is such a gifted tuneful storyteller. His music is rich and accessible, with just enough witty lyric twists to keep you gleefully guessing what he'll say next.

But the emotional moments on this disc are the ones that truly soar. They range from masterful anthems of longing and human connection as expressed by a full orchestra and choir, to quiet moments of introspection as told by a piano and a single vulnerable voice.

Yet there is no particular mood you need to be in to enjoy this CD. You can groove, laugh, feel slyly catty, reflect back, and look forward all in one play through.

And let me warn you, there won't be just one play through. Your friends and family will begin to wonder if you own any other CD's...and it doesn't matter if you do, this one is enough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ranges The Emotions; But Ends On FUN! October 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Jason Robert Brown is inarguably an incredibly talented musician and writer. His lyrics and tunes are beautiful and catchy, mesmorizing and witty. I love "Parade," "The Last 5 Years," and "Songs for a New World" but was a little anxious buying this CD, unsure of how he could sing although excited because when a writer sings his own pieces he does it the way he thinks it should go.

My first listen through I was unsure. It was good, nothing special. But I generally feel this way with most CDs the first time so I played through it again. Here are a few songs that need mention:

3. "Someone to Fall Back On" - One of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, I often leave this on repeat. The melody is touching, the chorus is outstanding with an upbeat message in a slower song. Gorgeous.

7. "Nothing In Common" - Another song full of message, this swift ballad about his brother is charming but emotional. JRB manages to put a lot of emotion even into his faster numbers.

9. "I'm in Bizness" - Performed live JRB scats, plays the music, and freestyles his way through this one. It's a fun song to begin with, but his playing with it makes it even more enjoyable and really showcases his talent. This, like the title song "Wearing Someone Else's Clothes", "Long Long Road", "Getting Out", and "I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You" are fun, well-performed songs. But they are all so much more as they tell JRB's heartfelt stories through music.

11. "Grow Old With Me" - A fun ending to the album, this has a jazzy Sinatra-esque feel to it. This is pure fun.

Overall, I highly recommend this CD. If you're a JRB fan already there's no way this will disappoint. And if you don't know him this is a great way to get to know him. For people not into the musical theater scene, I'd recommend this to fans of Jason Mraz, Josh Kelley, Ari Hest, and even the likes of Billy Joel or Elton John.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason Robert Brown in his element June 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In this offering Mr. Robert Brown has given us a piece of his amazing self. More than in any of his previous works do we see Jason the man expressed through his music. For fans of this superb composer, this album is a pleasure of pure, emotionally stimulating music. Spanning a wide mix of styles including Country, Bluegrass, Musical Theatre (of course), Gospel, and even a bit of eighties electric guitar thrown in, the audience is treated to the brilliant and varied skill of Broadway's greatest hope (if it can ever stop trying so damn hard to make money). As a singer, Mr. Robert Brown has a different sound than the well-trained Broadway stars many of us are used to, but it is a clear, passionate, tender, and always fiercely invested voice. This album would be ambitious for any singer with so many different styles of singing incorporated, but Jason handles his Gospel trills as solidly as he does his amazing piano skills. We are even treated to some excellent scatting in "I'm in Bizness," which was actually recorded live at a recent concert that he did. Indeed, the avid fan of Jason Robert Brown's music will recognize many of these songs from previous live performances, etc. A couple of songs on the album deserve special attention. The title song seems like a jam session for "The Caucasion Rhythm Kings," with an all out fun number that reminds one of a lazy Saturday afternoon. The song is about falling in love and growing comfortable with someone you love, a new role for the thoroughbred in any young
male. Actually, the higher pitched male background vocals and slightly bouyant feel to the song puts the author in mind of Adam Guettel (who recently won a very well-deserved Tony for his latest musical "The Light in the Piazza"), specifically his musical "Myths and Hymns." Mr.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This may be the beginning of an obsession... March 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I liked Jason Robert Brown before (I knew his musicals and one or two of his many names), but I love him now. Here is someone working in the world of musical theatre who is doing it right. To new listeners - be warned that it takes a few times listening through a song to begin to appreciate it - I've found that I, at least, get easily bored with songs I like right away, so consider this a good thing. To old hats, if you loved one of his shows, you'll love this. No question. So, Wearing Someone Else's Clothes. There is some absolutely incredible stuff on this CD. Take for instance the title song, a funked-out tale of a common problem - what do you do when society doesn't like you as you are? Wear someone else's clothes, of course! This falsely cheerful song doesn't preach against this occurrence, as I think a lesser writer would have done, but gets his character in deep - "anyone can be a bland infatuated sellout," he says, but amends "I think you are gonna be impressed" (at how far he takes it). It feels good fitting in ("it's been highly recommended that I smile"), but if it's not who you are it does feel like someone else's life. Very clever.

Then there's the beautiful "Someone to Fall Back On" which I guess in one of his oldest songs on the album. Much like the last number I described (and many others on this CD), it tells of an insecure man who is unsure of what he has to offer the world - this time the woman he loves. As he lays out his faults and insists that having someone to come home to is a greater joy than a fast and furious flame, his assertions grow stronger until he becomes all the things he insisted he wasn't. Also - this song contains some of the best lyrical moments on the CD ("I've been alone, I'd rather be...the half of us, the least of you, the best of me").
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love him!
I can't get enough of Jason Robert Brown's music. He's so talented and clever. I'm eager to hear the music from Bridges of Madison County. I recommend!
Published 4 months ago by adaloulou
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason Robert Brown. WOW!!!
I went in not knowing what to expect. Came out loving the journey through the stories. Bravo Mr. Brown, Bravo!
Published 15 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars U need this JRB CD!
This compiliation of songs from gifted, Tony award winning composer Jason Robert Brown is a feast for the ears. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by Amazon Shopper
2.0 out of 5 stars OK
I really like songs for a new world and the last 5 years. was excited to purchase this disc but was kinda disappointed. lacks the edgy variation and creativity of the others. Read more
Published on January 9, 2008 by WMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music and lyrics!
What a great writer! The lyrics are clever and often humorous. I especially love "Music of Heaven" and "Grow Old With Me".
Published on November 21, 2007 by H. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Maturing Composer
Mr. Brown is the future of the American Musical. Each of his songs are like novelettes filled with rich specific detail. Read more
Published on July 9, 2007 by Joseph Gellura
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Definitely is good stuff. Great voice. Diverse and wonderful. Check out Someone to Fall Back On.
Published on May 19, 2007 by I. Roberto-cropanese
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this space!
Jason Robert Brown is an amazing writer/talent. His ideas are creative and easy to listen to, so I can't understand why he isn't all over Broadway. Read more
Published on January 5, 2007 by Lynnie
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU BOUGHT THIS!!!
This album is proof that Jason Robert Brown is a musician's musician, and that he has mastered many different forms of popular music. Read more
Published on November 30, 2006 by Ron Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars How are you living without this?
I am a huge JRB fan and have every single CD of his, but by far this is my FAVORITE. The music on this album spans through so many styles that it is hard to believe a person could... Read more
Published on May 3, 2006 by Mike Linskie
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