Striking 12: The New GrooveLily Musical

Striking 12: The New GrooveLily Musical

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Striking 12: The New GrooveLily Musical

On Striking 12: The New GrooveLily Musical, the adult alternative pop
ock trio GrooveLily presents what used to be called a rock opera, at least when acts like the Who constructed albums that had stories running through them. Recorded live, Striking 12 is a sort of postmodern musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's short story "The Little Match Girl" ("a rewired version," as the group puts it) in which a Grumpy Guy, sitting at home on New Year's Eve in the present day, reads the 19th century story and relates it to his own life. As if that framing device wasn't enough, the group also breaks down the fourth wall on occasion, such as when drummer Gene Lewin pipes up to complain about the choice of story (he would have preferred "The Little Drummer Boy") and to sing his own song, "Give the Drummer Some." It's all in holiday fun, of course, and the interrelated stories provide a basis for some of GrooveLily's witty, melodic pop
ock tunes. The group leans toward the sound of several '70s keyboard-based acts, notably Elton John and Billy Joel (and, if anyone remembers him, Lee Michaels), while the addition of Valerie Vigoda's electric violin brings in a distinct resemblance to Bruce Hornsby & the Range. This is crowd-pleasing music, and recording it live was a good idea, since it is also somewhat precious, and the audience approval makes that less noticeable. GrooveLily can be a little too clever for their own good, and they don't quite escape the downbeat ending of "The Little Match Girl," even by rewriting it in present-day story. So, the disc shouldn't be shelved with the Christmas albums, just as it isn't really a musical. It's a GrooveLily album, and it works fine as such.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2005
Label: P.S. Classics
UPC: 0803607052621
catalogNumber: 526

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Striking 12   Primary Artist
GrooveLily   Ensemble
Valerie Vigoda   Vocals,Electric Violin,Group Member
Gene Lewin   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Brendan Milburn   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Harry Simeone   Composer
Katherine Davis   Composer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Hans Christian Anderson   Writer
GrooveLily   Producer
Valerie Vigoda   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Book
Gene Lewin   Producer
Matt Shane   Engineer
Chris Tarrow   Engineer,Engineering
Brendan Milburn   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Book
Sean Patrick Flahaven   Managing Director
Kris Umezawa   Live Sound

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