Is There Anybody out There?

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All Music Guide - Timothy Monger
New York pop duo A Great Big World enter the big leagues with their debut LP Is There Anybody Out There? After several years of kicking around the Big Apple's singer/songwriter scene, Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino entered the public's consciousness in 2013 when their spirited piano anthem "This Is the New Year" was covered on an episode of Fox's zeitgeist generator Glee. The song first appeared on Axel's 2011 solo record and then reappeared post-Glee under the duo's newly adopted moniker. With their earnest, melodic piano-pop and youthful spirit, comparisons to early Ben Folds Five are inevitable, but where Folds tempered his wistfulness with a wry and often mischievous ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Timothy Monger
New York pop duo A Great Big World enter the big leagues with their debut LP Is There Anybody Out There? After several years of kicking around the Big Apple's singer/songwriter scene, Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino entered the public's consciousness in 2013 when their spirited piano anthem "This Is the New Year" was covered on an episode of Fox's zeitgeist generator Glee. The song first appeared on Axel's 2011 solo record and then reappeared post-Glee under the duo's newly adopted moniker. With their earnest, melodic piano-pop and youthful spirit, comparisons to early Ben Folds Five are inevitable, but where Folds tempered his wistfulness with a wry and often mischievous sense of humor, Axel and Vaccarino generally reach for the stars, fueled largely by hope and positivity. The thirteen song album they've built around their breakout single is truly a loaded gun of pop music and it hits the mark more often than not. Brimming with echoes of past piano masters like Billy Joel and Andy Pratt, they're not breaking the mold, but they've certainly read the book. From the E.L.O. punch of "Land of Opportunity" to the Buggles-punctuated "I Really Want It," they tackle some classic pop territory with a wide-eyed sincerity that is ultimately appealing if occasionally trite. A Great Big World fare best when they're singing full-hearted rockers to the back of the room, covering familiar subjects of breaking out and breaking through like on the album version of "This Is the New Year." Dan Romer's production is concise and full of punch recalling his work with bands like Jukebox the Ghost and Ingrid Michaelson. There are certainly moments on Is There Anybody Out There? that don't quite work or would benefit from some subtlety. The well-intentioned, but poorly executed "Everyone is Gay" really misses badly and several of the ballads can't seem to recover from their lack of personality. Still, if you're willing to drink their kool-aid, A Great Big World will deliver you to a pretty happy and hopeful place on this debut.
From the Publisher
A Great Big World is Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino from New York City. The duo first met while students at New York University and went on to complete national tours opening for acts such as Ingrid Michaelson, Five For Fighting and Glee star Matthew Morrison. After multiple national TV syncs and performances, A Great Big World is releasing their first full-length album Is There Anybody Out There? featuring the single “Say Something,” a song launched off of a notable sync on So You Think You Can Dance that resulted in the highest sales spike on that show all season. The band’s performance on The Voice with Christina Aguilera catapulted “Say Something” to over 100K singles sold in one week!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/2014
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 888837705523
  • Catalog Number: 377055
  • Sales rank: 6,006

Album Credits

Performance Credits
A Great Big World Primary Artist
Mark Robertson Violin
Sean Hurley Bass
Christina Aguilera Vocals
Zac Rae Keyboards
Pete McNeal Drums
Andrew Duckles Viola
Zach Jones Percussion, Drums
Ian Axel Synthesizer, Piano, Bass Drums, Vocals, Soloist
Matt Musselman Trombone
Elliot Jacobson Drums
Chris Kuffner Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dan Romer Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith Cello
Rich Hinman Electric Guitar
Chris Anderson Bass
Mike Campbell Acoustic Guitar
Chad Vaccarino Acoustic Guitar, Trumpet, Triangle, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist
Oscar Albis Rodriguez Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Scott Carter Marketing
Brian Scheuble Engineer
John Alagia Producer
Honey Larochelle Composer
Ian Axel Composer
Chris Kuffner Producer, Engineer
Allie Moss Composer
Dan Romer Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Meghan Foley Art Direction
Saul Simon MacWilliams Arranger
Dave Kutch Mastering
Daniel Sanint Engineer
Devin Kerr Mastering
Ted Tuthill Engineer
Stuart Schenk Vocal Engineer
Mike Campbell Composer
Chad Vaccarino Composer
Mike Tuccillo Engineer
Alexander Lansang Art Direction
Justin Erickson Illustrations
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