ALBUM REVIEW: Seth MacFarlane “Music Is Better Than Words”

Seth MacFarlane is without any doubt best known for his comedic work as the creative force behind ratings winners “Family Guy”, “American Dad!” and “The Cleveland Show”, but as his long-awaited debut album “Music Is Better Than Words” dewmonstates, the versatile vocalist is far more than simply convincing as a big band vocalist. A dexterous performer, MacFarlane is far more than a playful swing singer a la Robbie Williams, or a modern day crooner a la Michael Buble, he has a sprinkling of old school class that sets him in the same league as the unforgettable Frank Sinatra.

“Music Is Better Than Words” is a cleverly constructed collection. Rather than simply reworking old time favourites, MacFarlane has taken the time to compile lesser known classics by celebrated composers Rogers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe.

MacFarlane unsurprisingly shines on the more playful numbers. Notably  “You’re The Cream In My Coffee” manages to tease without edging into Dean Martin cheese. However, it is a tender rendition of  “Something Good” that really sees MacFarlane soar. While he may not have the winsome innocence of Julie Andrews, his strikingly smooth vocal certainly comes close to stealing a signature song.

While MacFarlane shines throughout, it is the to and  fro of the album’s two duets that steal the show. Norah Jones is on fine form as she soothes on “Two Sleepy People”, while a Jane Russell-esque Sara Bareilles knocks MacFarlane for six on the perfect “Love Won’t Let You Get Away”.

MacFarlane’s debut musical outing  may not be catering to the tastes of his loyal comedic following, but it is nonetheless a timeless record that uplifts and entertains.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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