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Posted October 1, 2010
Fresh and original takes on some Broadway classics
You don't have to be a Broadway fan to love this music. You don't even have to recognize these songs to enjoy them - though if you do, the radicalness of Miller's arrangements will stun you. Miller transcends genre to reinterpret these songs (most of them, interestingly, meant to be sung by women) in a very personal, slightly offbeat but always engaging manner. His arrangements are stunning; he weaves in Latin beats, pop, folk and country, a hint of reggae and even veers toward rock and hip-hop. And as for his voice... while he sounds like James Taylor's mellower twin on one song, in general he has a gentle twang and limited range that he employs very effectively - proof that you don't have to belt like a cookie-cutter American Idol in order to make people smile or move them to tears. Memorable Broadway songs have to have a killer melody and they have to move the plot along. John Miller, in taking these songs out of their larger context and putting a new musical spin on them, gives them a whole new dazzling life away from 42nd St. and Times Square.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.