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Music Is Better Than Words is a traditional big-band album from Seth MacFarlane, the wise-ass behind Family Guy. MacFarlane plays it straight throughout Music Is Better Than Words, hiring American Dad composer Joel McNeely to create approximations of Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, and Billy May's arrangements for Frank Sinatra's deathless, mid-century records for Capitol. These classic concept albums are clearly the blueprint for Music Is Better Than Words which was, after all, recorded at Capitol Records' legendary studio with MacFarlane singing into the very same microphone Sinatra used all those years ago, and there is a bit of a concept to this 2011 LP, too, with the cartoonist selecting songs never recorded by any member of the Rat Pack — along with a couple recent tunes like “She’s Wonderful Too,” which McNeely originally wrote for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles — for his tribute to that ring-a-ding-ding swing. MacFarlane and McNeely don’t attempt to ape the pizzazz of Frank’s Reprise years, nor do they spend much time with May’s snazzy snap, they stick with Riddle and Jenkins, keeping things sentimental and lush even when the words crackle with wit.

Customer Reviews

Timeless sound.

I grew up listening to this kind of music and wondering where the real talent went in mainsteam music today. Being an old soul, I prefer this music in the first place, and it's absolutely beautiful. Seth really understands this kind of music and has a passion for it that hasn't been showcased in modern day artists. His voice is intoxicating as it is, but now that uses it to sing; it's just gold. I am in love with that Sinatra-like sound that he has. This album is definitely worth buying. (I will be expecting a Christmas album haha).

Great Album! Classy

I love it! I kept waiting for the punch line, but I love it.

So talented

Seth is so talented! I want him to make a Christmas album too I'm sure it would be amazing.


Born: October 26, 1973 in Kent, CT

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known as the creative force behind the animated sitcoms Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show, Seth MacFarlane is also a rabid music enthusiast, frequently using his shows for interpretations of his most beloved show tunes or cracking jokes at Celine Dion or Rick Astley's expense. In 2005 he released Family Guy: Live in Vegas, a collection of songs from the show along with some original numbers. In 2009 he sang at the BBC Proms in London during their Celebration of Classic MGM Film...
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