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This Is No Angry Chicken, or Monkey In A Closet, but...,
This review is from: Music Is Better Than Words [+Digital Booklet] (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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Initial post: Jan 9, 2012 8:38:05 AM PST
Mark Blackburn says:
Good review -- concise, informative and fun to read. And, deservedly, "top-of-the-SPOTLIGHT." You've written just two reviews, I see: Write more, "Kenneth of Smyrna, Tunisia."
Mark B of the frozen North
A like to the page where I wrote my own appreciations, with embedded videos, for some of Seth MacFarlane's beautifully-orchestrated renditions of songs-that-should-have-been standards, and "overlooked gems," as Mr. MacFarlane calls them. Something tells me you may enjoy!
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