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Jokester creates jazz album

October 16, 2011
Music is Better Than Words

Rating: Three of five stars

MUSIC REVIEW

MARY TIMMONS
Associate Editor

Funny man Seth MacFarlane proves his new jazz album, “Music is Better Than Words,” is no joke.

MacFarlane, who is well known for his work on the animation series “Family Guy” released the album Sept. 27 and has received an overall good reception on the album.

Previous to this the most we’ve heard MacFarlane sing is usually during an episode on his animation shows. He is known for making musical like sequences in his shows.

Though at first it is hard to get past the fact the MacFarlane isn’t making some sort of joke, once he starts singing the listener can really begin to take him seriously.

It’s no surprise that the writer won an Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for his creative introduction to “Family Guy.”

His album however, has much more of a serious tone and is far from the jokester we know.

His big band jazz voice is very appealing and fresh to listen to, and the serious demeanor of the album made it enjoyable.

MacFarlane’s album immediately gained my attention with his Frank Sinatra-like voice.

Like Sinatra, MacFarlane’s voice caresses the listener’s ear with soft sounds and low bass.

There is no doubt that if you are a Sinatra fan that you will like this too.

MacFarlane even went as far as to use the same recording studio and microphone as Sinatra.

Though remarkably similar to Sinatra, MacFarlane makes it a point to make is work more distinctive.

Listeners will definitely be able to tell that the musician behind the voice is MacFarlane.

With talented guests like Norah Jones and Sarah Bareilles joining him on the album, who wouldn’t want to listen to him sing?

“American Dad” composer Joel Mcneely even joined MacFarlane for the final track of the album, “She’s Wonderful Too.”

Despite the fact that all but one song is a remake, MacFarlane still proves he has a knack for singing and the songs he used are much less known.

The album has 14 tracks and lasts more than 50 minutes. “Love Won’t Let You Get Away” and “You are the Cream in My Coffee” are tracks you don’t want to miss.

Don’t get me wrong, MacFarlane still knows how to make me laugh, but it’s nice to see him make something that isn’t filled will racist remarks or sexual innuendos.

This album’s fresh take on jazz makes it something that you will want to hear.

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