Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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Amazing musical. Amazing recording. Jessie Mueller is perfect as Carole King. Give this a chance. I fell in love with this show.
Where are the complete songs?
This is not bad music. These are not untalented people. Where are the complete songs? When you listen to music do you skip to the next song after 30 seconds? That is what it is like to listen to this cast album. Even the Carole songs are cut to usually just one verse and chorus. What? I am a huge Broadway cast album lover but this just leaves something to be desired. Unlike current musical theater where the song moves the story this is not the case with this album. Why they even bothered to put in the few lines of dialogue that they did still baffles me. It reminds of the Broadway cast album for Motown. It is a dizzying amount of tune after tune changing multiple times in a song. Why do they have to cram in so many songs to one show? This should have been a play with music using the original recorded cuts of these songs. The ultimate lesson of this album: If you're not going to make the songs better why re-record them at all? I would save your money. Buy the originals.
This show is just beautiful and I cannot wait to re-live the incredible arrangements.