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The Secret is in the Subtitle

In the winter of 2014, I was lucky enough to see the Off-Broadway production of "What's It All About: Bacharach Reimagined," and it was one of the most ecstatic nights I've ever spent in the theater. I watched and waited for a cast album, but soon thereafter, the production closed and no recording was released. Flash forward two-plus years and--still wishing and hoping (pun intended)--I came upon the recording of "Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined," which is playing in London. Leave it to our cousins across the pond to know a good thing when they see it, or in this case, hear it.

The key to this truly superb show and recording lies in the subtitle that has remained intact as the show has traveled overseas. This is not another "jukebox musical" (a la, "Jersey Boys," "Beautiful," etc.) in which the songs are reconstructed in the style of their original recordings and arranged around a linear plot. What we have here is a genuine reimagining of these timeless songs. You've never heard them like this before, even if like me, you've heard them a million times by a variety of artists. The visionary Kyle Riabko and his multi-talented cast tease out the soul and the funk in Bacharach's tunes, so it seems somehow this is how they were always meant to sound. In this incarnation, "Message to Michael" and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" froth into a psychedelic blues that is as thrilling as it is unexpected. You've gotta hear this.... Another example of this reimagining is "The Windows of the World," a song I can't say I ever particularly cared for in the past; here it appears as a kind of sun-dappled hootenanny that leaves the listener feeling simply blissful. Song after song, the performers find the elegance in each vocal phrase--and at the end of the day, isn't it the unique, characteristic phrases that make Bacharach's songs so special to begin with? It's no wonder BB has been so supportive of this project. Even when Kyle Riabko's harmonics venture into places we've never been before in these songs (there are some jazz changes that make the arranger in me geek out big-time) he always respects the integrity of the melody.

This is a wonderful recording, easily worth the cost and in my case, worth having waited two years for.

Amazing Show - Amazing Cast Recording

I got to see the show in London last year and it was great. I'm listening to Anastacia's "Don't Make Me Over" on repeat!

Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined (The Original London Cast Recording), Kyle Riabko
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  • $17.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Soundtrack, Rock
  • Released: Jun 24, 2016

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