Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane has released a jazz album. The arrangements are pretty good, and it’s really difficult not to tap your toe or snap your fingers imagining you’re in a 50’s diner ordering a milkshake during the faster songs. The album does a pretty good job of mixing in the slower and faster tempo tracks and the entire album holds a certain kind of cohesion.
“You’re The Cream In My Coffee” is a fantastic song through and through; it has humor and a good message. The use of metaphors and the near baritone of Seth’s voice really make a smooth combination.
Teaming up with Norah Jones in the track “Two Sleepy People” was a good idea. The two voices blend really well and you can just imagine two people singing their love to each other. It conjures up images of a man and a woman in monochrome reminiscing.
The opener, “Everybody’s Spring,” really sets the tone and the pace for a good ride. The message is just saying that the best things in life are free, and is introspective in an aloof way.
“Love Won’t Let You Get Away,” is one of those songs about a woman and man that had a falling out, and realizing that there is such a thing as true love. Or that Seth MacFarlane is a smooth operator and chasing dames.
The real question that you should ask yourself is if this album worth it without the pedigree? The short answer is yes. Why? Because Seth has a very smooth voice and is really just a joy to listen to. It’s one of those albums that came from left field, but is incredibly fantastic. “Music Is Better Than Words” really is a solid effort, and there are no faults, except if jazz isn’t your thing. Just keep this in mind: it’s great date music and study music.
Artist: Seth MacFaralane
Album: Music is Better Than Words
Record Label: Universal Republic
Release Date: September 27, 2011