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2010 release from the 10-time Grammy Award winner/vocal innovator, his first new release in eight years. Like his #1 worldwide hit song 'Don't Worry Be Happy' and his multi-platinum duo album, Hush, with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, VOCAbuLarieS is based on Bobby's experiments with multi-track recording and his ceaseless exploration of the potential of the human voice. VOCAbuLarieS is Bobby McFerrin music for the 21st century. A collaboration with the composer/arranger/producer Roger Treece, VOCAbuLarieS features over fifty of the world's finest singers, recorded one at a time and in small groups to create a virtual choir made up of over 1,400 vocal tracks.
About the Artist
"There is something almost superhuman about the range and technique of Bobby McFerrin," says Newsweek. "He sounds, by turns, like a blackbird, a Martian, an operatic soprano, a small child, and a bebop trumpet." But despite the undeniable uniqueness of his gift, Bobby's music is always accessible and inviting. When he invites his fans to sing along, as he almost always does, few can resist. Inclusiveness, play, and the universality of voices raised together in song are at the heart of Bobby's art. Bobby McFerrin was exposed to a multitude of musical genres during his youth--classical, R&B, jazz, pop and world musics. "When you grow up with that hodgepodge of music, it just comes out. It was like growing up in a multilingual house," he says. Bobby McFerrin continues to explore the musical universe, known and unknown. Drawing on all genres, demonstrating matchless improvisational skills, he never fails to dazzle. He never seems to run out of new ideas, and he loves having no clue what's going to happen next. Ask him where he went to school, and he just might tell you that he is a graduate of MSU: Making Stuff Up. "Music for me," McFerrin says, "is like a spiritual journey down into the depths of my soul. And I like to think we're all on a journey into our souls. What's down there? That's why I do what I do."
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I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that the discussion of the music and the methodologies employed in this work, as detailed in the recording's accompanying booklet, be read BEFORE listening to the CD. It will materially increase the understanding, complexity, breadth and depth, consequences and appreciation of the work.
This man. I would shine his shoes with my tears and the spittle from my meager beatboxing.
This album is phenomenal vocal genius. Angelic, even. An African/Christian style all it's own.
God Bless Bobby McFerrin. God has blessed me with Bobby McFerrin. Lotta years.
Lotta years is a great rap song, with which I empathize. Bobby, I want to shake your hand.
This long-awaited CD is simply incredible. Bobby McFerrin has taken a multitude of voices and magically molded and creatively woven them into a symphony of boundless and delightful brilliance. The music is lightly touched with perfectly placed essences of percussion, and the meshed voices flow seamlessly through soothing and spiritually moving layers of harmonies that literally absorb the listener into its fabric.
I love this production by Mr. McFerrin, and it is my favorite recording of the year. After listening to it, I purchased 10 more copies to share it with my closest friends, for whom all of them found that it touched the core of their being. I find it truly unfortunate that many will never have the opportunity to experience this CD due to their unfamiliarity with Bobby McFerrin or due to the failure of media outlets for music to grace this masterpiece with one minute of public air play.
VOCAbuLaries is a timeless treasure.