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4.7 out of 5
26 Ratings
26 Ratings
Tuckerland ,

The Future of the Genre

In case anyone reading this doesn't already know, Adam Guettel is the grandson of Richard Rogers, son of Mary Rogers. The ear rubbed off, it seems. Guettel produces music that is incredibly sophisticated. But unlike his grandfather and even his mother, he has an unusual ear for how life's rhythms can me set to music. As a performer of some of his other works, I can assure you it is just as difficult to learn and to perfect as Sondheim, usually harder. However, like Sondheim, it never seems like it shouldn't sound the way it does. It seems as if the music has always existed. Floyd Collins is my unchallanged favorite out of the three major works he has produced so far. The appalachian sound and orchestrations appeal to the country boy inside me. Give it more than one listen and it will hook you into a minor obsession. I promise...

thefunnyboy ,

Floyd rules!

This is a simply spectacular musical. Adam Guettel has written some simply fantastic songs. I recommend "The Ballad of Floyd Collins," "The Call - Part I," "Lucky," "Git Comfortable," and, last but definitely not least, "How Glory Goes." And if you ever get a chance to see this musical performed, GO!

matt purdy ,

gorgeous, woefully neglected musical

I saw this show in London some years ago, and I count it as the most thrilling and memorable theatergoing experience of my life. All I'd heard is that it's "Sondheim meets bluegrass," and I'd say that's mostly accurate. The music runs the gamut here, and while I have my favorites, of course, I think the whole thing is very strong. It may take a few listens for it all to catch hold, so you might download some of the more accessible tracks first -- "How Glory Goes," "Through the Mountain," "Lucky," "Ballad of Floyd Collins" (either version, though probably the second, if you're taste-testing). If any of those strike you, definitely get the rest. It's gorgeous music that reveals more and more intricacies with time.

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