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Gone Missing [Off-Broadway Premiere Recording]
     

Gone Missing [Off-Broadway Premiere Recording]

by The Civilians
 
Although Gone Missing is packaged and promoted as a traditional indie pop album, it's actually a cast album from an off-off-Broadway show. Gone Missing is a revue-style series of songs from a show of the same title, constructed by a young theatrical troupe out of a series of filmed and recorded interviews with random New Yorkers on the concept of things

Overview

Although Gone Missing is packaged and promoted as a traditional indie pop album, it's actually a cast album from an off-off-Broadway show. Gone Missing is a revue-style series of songs from a show of the same title, constructed by a young theatrical troupe out of a series of filmed and recorded interviews with random New Yorkers on the concept of things that are lost, from memories to people to the black Gucci pump that dominates the album cover art. Lacking the context of a show, the songs on a cast album have to stand on their own merits, and unfortunately, most of the tracks on Gone Missing don't. Too many, especially the group-sung title track and the maudlin ballad "Hide and Seek," sound like third-rate Stephen Sondheim, and the Spanish-language "La Bodega" just sounds like tacky pastiche. On the up side, "I Gave It Away" has a sprightly sunshine pop vibe unexpectedly reminiscent of the Fifth Dimension at their most theatrical, and "Etch A Sketch" is a genuinely pretty, tuneful song about a woman with a mind like a sieve, but by the time those two songs come around, late in the show's last half, it's a classic case of too little too late.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2008
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558442625
catalogNumber:
84426
Rank:
305112

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Civilians   Primary Artist
Peter Morris   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Stephen Gilewski   Bass
Damian Baldet   Guitar,Vocals
Emily Ackerman   Vocals
Gone Missing Cast Ensemble   Ensemble
David Purcell   Drums
Peter Charles Morris   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Colleen Werthman   Vocals
Jennifer R. Morris   Vocals
Stephen Plunkett   Vocals
Robbie Collier Sublett   Vocals
Andy Boroson   Piano
Steve Gilewski   Bass Guitar
David Purcell   Drums

Technical Credits

Michael Friedman   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Audio Production
Jan Folkson   Producer,Audio Production,Engineering
Kurt Deutsch   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Sarah Beers   Costume Design
Kate Mott   Management
Sheldon Noland   Production Photography
Ken Travis   Sound Design
Jim Augustine   Choreographer
Kyle Gorden   Production Director
Jeremy McCarter   Liner Notes
Randy Merrill   Mastering Associate
Steven Cosson   Director,Liner Notes,Author,Artistic Director
Robert III Signom   Production Stage Manager
Josh Neufeld   Artwork
Andy Boroson   Music Direction

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