Jekyll & Hyde 2012 Concept Recording
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I couldn't believe it. Never expected it to be so good! Constantine Maroulis is amazing.
Wow... Just... Wow...
How did we get here, people? I mean, really. Things were so good when we had people like Colm Wilkinson, Linda Eder, Anthony Warlow, and Christiane Noll doing this show. Remember when there were rich orchestrations with beautiful singing? Remember when this show was actually Broadway-worthy?
I was so excited to listen to this album. I really was. And even though I'm not a big fan of taking "Jekyll and Hyde" and inserting a bunch of electric guitars into it, I was willing to give it a chance. But after listening to it and attempting to give it a chance, I can be completely honest about my feelings.
This is the worst recording of "Jekyll and Hyde." Bar none.
Constantine Maroulis's Jekyll is whiney and undynamic, while his Hyde is inconsistent, and is mostly characterized by Maroulis whispering creepily, or letting phrases deteriorate into guttural growls, or by his voice suddenly taking on the tone of an 80's hairband singer. Mostly, though, Jekyll and Hyde sound basically the same.
I can tell Deborah Cox is trying so hard here, but her parts are far too "adult pop" for my tastes. I especially hate this album's rendition of "Bring on the Men," one of my favorites from the studio album. Cox's voice sounds so restrained in this song, and the pacing of the song is just completely wrong. I don't really think Cox can be blamed for this, though. She sounds like she could do so much better, but the arrangement of the song is holding her back.
Teal Wicks is probably the best performer on this album. She is definitely a breath of fresh air compared to the others on the album. She's really the only person in this cast that sounds like Broadway material to me.
Overall, I just plain hate this album. I hated it so much, I wanted to cry. To me, it just seems like "Jekyll and Hyde" just keeps getting worse and worse each time it's redone. So, let's just stop redoing it. Please. It's gotten bad enough already.
I tried to like it
It is really hard to beat the Warlow/Eder/Carmello original concept 2 cd. I wanted to love it because they were adding a more 'rock' feel to it but it doesn't live up.