My Thoughts on the CD

My Thoughts on the CD

Isaac
Isaac

June 3rd, 2008, 10:46 pm #1

I had a few thoughts, now having listened to it in its entirety.

Firstly, according to the back of the cd, the orchestra was a Slovakian Orchestra, not synthesized. Kudos to them, the orchestra was very good.

The Overture was a bit overly spastic for my tastes, particularly Hard-Knock Life. I loved that they added "Easy Street", though it made the transition to "Tomorrow" quite awkward.

I liked the small changes they made to the orchestrations in Maybe. Marissa was also fantastic.

I liked "Hard-Knock Life". I disliked the french horns being added to the main beat at the beginning (the part played by the harpsichord). The kids sounded great, and I loved all of the harmonies that they kept in there. I also liked that Alene got to keep her monologue (or most of it, anyway) at the beginning of the song.

I disliked the new orchestrations in "Tomorrow". Marissa, however sounded great.

I liked how they brought out the low trombone part throughout "We'd Like To Thank You". I also love the harmonies that this tour added to that song, and I'm thrilled that they were kept (I wasn't sure how much of the ensemble would be kept, but apparently a majority of them were).

Alene still cracks me up in "Little Girls", even without seeing her facial expressions.

"I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" was great, especially from Elizabeth. She's truly amazing...can anyone else see her as Glinda in "Wicked"?

I'm glad that they kept the new little "Santa Dance" music in "NYC". I loved that piece of music, and it thrilled me that it was kept. I still say Monica Patton was one of the best actresses to play the star-to-be.

Once again, yay for keeping dialogue in "Easy Street". Shelly Burch had me in stitches as Lily. I loved her off-key "Easy easy easy streeEEeeEEeeeEt", followed by Alene's "shut up.". One thing I disliked was Alene's "what what what what what" after "instead of less". That bothered me.

"You Won't Be An Orphan for Long" was great. I love the ensemble from this tour.

The Entr'acte was great; I liked the changes to it. I liked the extra bars added before "Hard-Knock Life".

"Smile" was great as well....Chris Vettel is a very good Burt Healy, and the three Boylan Sisters were awesome. The kids did a great job...Molly Ryan really has a fantatic voice. It's unfortunate that that Taylor Bright had to do the "Who cares..." section through her nose (It sounds intentional, like it was directed like that). I loved that the dance portion was kept, and it sounded great.

"Tomorrow - Reprise" was nice...though the harmonies at the end of the second reprise sounded a bit dodgy to me...anyone else? Like one guy was off.

"Something Was Missing"...ahh, I've never particularly cared for this song out of context, and Conrad's vibrato is a bit much at time, but it was decent.

"Annie" and "Anything But You" are always good, of course. I loved the orchestrations in both of them, and the ensemble always shines.

The second reprise of "Maybe" was good, not much more to say, Marissa is always amazing, in my opinion.

"A New Deal for Christmas" was also quite amazing. I'm glad that the end (where the two groups echo each other) was changed to allow the kids to sing an octave below: it was probably much nicer on their voices as well as our ears.

"Tomorrow - Bows" of course, was great, as I've expressed my love for the ensemble several times.

Now, for Disc 2, I don't plan on writing a dissertation, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting "reject songs" and therefore songs that were not as good. Well, I'll admit, I didn't care for "Lady of the House" or "1934", but the others were fantastic! I really liked "He Doesn't Know I'm Alive". It's such a great song with great lyrics. The three different "trapped in a trunk" songs were nice. I liked the lyrics best on the first one, and it was really neat to hear three different actresses singing them. I've always liked "Why Should I Change a Thing?" and "You Make Me Happy", which has the same tune as "Don't Mess With Mother". "Don't Mess With Mother"'s lyrics are kind of strange though, I have to say. Entertaining, but quite strange...not really fitting into Miss Hannigan's character, if you ask me.

In closing, I feel that this CD was quite nice, and I actually prefer it to the OBC (don't shoot me...). I didn't feel that the kids sounded too old, and I was just thrilled to shreds to have a new Annie CD from America!

Well, thanks for reading my novel. I'm curious to hear what everyone else thought.
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Debbie
Debbie

June 3rd, 2008, 10:54 pm #2

Thanks for the review! I agree Molly has a great voice. I do however think they should have re-arranged some solo parts:)
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Zaneeta
Zaneeta

June 4th, 2008, 12:33 am #3

Totally agree with everything...I just love how natural the Ryan girls' voices are. They are wonderful...and Marissa made a lovely Annie. Alene is funny as all get-out, and about the Taylor Bright comment, that's actually just the way she sings. I saw her in Annie and another show and she sounded the same in both, and maybe in order to reach those excrutiatingly high notes she had to sing a little bit more through her nose...who knows?
Obviously this cd is successful...job well done!
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Lisa
Lisa

June 4th, 2008, 4:28 am #4

I had a few thoughts, now having listened to it in its entirety.

Firstly, according to the back of the cd, the orchestra was a Slovakian Orchestra, not synthesized. Kudos to them, the orchestra was very good.

The Overture was a bit overly spastic for my tastes, particularly Hard-Knock Life. I loved that they added "Easy Street", though it made the transition to "Tomorrow" quite awkward.

I liked the small changes they made to the orchestrations in Maybe. Marissa was also fantastic.

I liked "Hard-Knock Life". I disliked the french horns being added to the main beat at the beginning (the part played by the harpsichord). The kids sounded great, and I loved all of the harmonies that they kept in there. I also liked that Alene got to keep her monologue (or most of it, anyway) at the beginning of the song.

I disliked the new orchestrations in "Tomorrow". Marissa, however sounded great.

I liked how they brought out the low trombone part throughout "We'd Like To Thank You". I also love the harmonies that this tour added to that song, and I'm thrilled that they were kept (I wasn't sure how much of the ensemble would be kept, but apparently a majority of them were).

Alene still cracks me up in "Little Girls", even without seeing her facial expressions.

"I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" was great, especially from Elizabeth. She's truly amazing...can anyone else see her as Glinda in "Wicked"?

I'm glad that they kept the new little "Santa Dance" music in "NYC". I loved that piece of music, and it thrilled me that it was kept. I still say Monica Patton was one of the best actresses to play the star-to-be.

Once again, yay for keeping dialogue in "Easy Street". Shelly Burch had me in stitches as Lily. I loved her off-key "Easy easy easy streeEEeeEEeeeEt", followed by Alene's "shut up.". One thing I disliked was Alene's "what what what what what" after "instead of less". That bothered me.

"You Won't Be An Orphan for Long" was great. I love the ensemble from this tour.

The Entr'acte was great; I liked the changes to it. I liked the extra bars added before "Hard-Knock Life".

"Smile" was great as well....Chris Vettel is a very good Burt Healy, and the three Boylan Sisters were awesome. The kids did a great job...Molly Ryan really has a fantatic voice. It's unfortunate that that Taylor Bright had to do the "Who cares..." section through her nose (It sounds intentional, like it was directed like that). I loved that the dance portion was kept, and it sounded great.

"Tomorrow - Reprise" was nice...though the harmonies at the end of the second reprise sounded a bit dodgy to me...anyone else? Like one guy was off.

"Something Was Missing"...ahh, I've never particularly cared for this song out of context, and Conrad's vibrato is a bit much at time, but it was decent.

"Annie" and "Anything But You" are always good, of course. I loved the orchestrations in both of them, and the ensemble always shines.

The second reprise of "Maybe" was good, not much more to say, Marissa is always amazing, in my opinion.

"A New Deal for Christmas" was also quite amazing. I'm glad that the end (where the two groups echo each other) was changed to allow the kids to sing an octave below: it was probably much nicer on their voices as well as our ears.

"Tomorrow - Bows" of course, was great, as I've expressed my love for the ensemble several times.

Now, for Disc 2, I don't plan on writing a dissertation, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting "reject songs" and therefore songs that were not as good. Well, I'll admit, I didn't care for "Lady of the House" or "1934", but the others were fantastic! I really liked "He Doesn't Know I'm Alive". It's such a great song with great lyrics. The three different "trapped in a trunk" songs were nice. I liked the lyrics best on the first one, and it was really neat to hear three different actresses singing them. I've always liked "Why Should I Change a Thing?" and "You Make Me Happy", which has the same tune as "Don't Mess With Mother". "Don't Mess With Mother"'s lyrics are kind of strange though, I have to say. Entertaining, but quite strange...not really fitting into Miss Hannigan's character, if you ask me.

In closing, I feel that this CD was quite nice, and I actually prefer it to the OBC (don't shoot me...). I didn't feel that the kids sounded too old, and I was just thrilled to shreds to have a new Annie CD from America!

Well, thanks for reading my novel. I'm curious to hear what everyone else thought.
I think Marissa has a great voice but is miscast as Annie.Her cvoice is too sweet.
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Kelly
Kelly

June 4th, 2008, 6:19 am #5

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AnnieFan65
AnnieFan65

June 4th, 2008, 11:29 pm #6

I think Marissa has a great voice but is miscast as Annie.Her cvoice is too sweet.
Marissa was fantastic! I thought she was perfectly cast.
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anniefan
anniefan

June 5th, 2008, 1:13 am #7

I agree. She was perfect in the role!!
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sasha charnin
sasha charnin

June 5th, 2008, 3:17 am #8

I had a few thoughts, now having listened to it in its entirety.

Firstly, according to the back of the cd, the orchestra was a Slovakian Orchestra, not synthesized. Kudos to them, the orchestra was very good.

The Overture was a bit overly spastic for my tastes, particularly Hard-Knock Life. I loved that they added "Easy Street", though it made the transition to "Tomorrow" quite awkward.

I liked the small changes they made to the orchestrations in Maybe. Marissa was also fantastic.

I liked "Hard-Knock Life". I disliked the french horns being added to the main beat at the beginning (the part played by the harpsichord). The kids sounded great, and I loved all of the harmonies that they kept in there. I also liked that Alene got to keep her monologue (or most of it, anyway) at the beginning of the song.

I disliked the new orchestrations in "Tomorrow". Marissa, however sounded great.

I liked how they brought out the low trombone part throughout "We'd Like To Thank You". I also love the harmonies that this tour added to that song, and I'm thrilled that they were kept (I wasn't sure how much of the ensemble would be kept, but apparently a majority of them were).

Alene still cracks me up in "Little Girls", even without seeing her facial expressions.

"I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" was great, especially from Elizabeth. She's truly amazing...can anyone else see her as Glinda in "Wicked"?

I'm glad that they kept the new little "Santa Dance" music in "NYC". I loved that piece of music, and it thrilled me that it was kept. I still say Monica Patton was one of the best actresses to play the star-to-be.

Once again, yay for keeping dialogue in "Easy Street". Shelly Burch had me in stitches as Lily. I loved her off-key "Easy easy easy streeEEeeEEeeeEt", followed by Alene's "shut up.". One thing I disliked was Alene's "what what what what what" after "instead of less". That bothered me.

"You Won't Be An Orphan for Long" was great. I love the ensemble from this tour.

The Entr'acte was great; I liked the changes to it. I liked the extra bars added before "Hard-Knock Life".

"Smile" was great as well....Chris Vettel is a very good Burt Healy, and the three Boylan Sisters were awesome. The kids did a great job...Molly Ryan really has a fantatic voice. It's unfortunate that that Taylor Bright had to do the "Who cares..." section through her nose (It sounds intentional, like it was directed like that). I loved that the dance portion was kept, and it sounded great.

"Tomorrow - Reprise" was nice...though the harmonies at the end of the second reprise sounded a bit dodgy to me...anyone else? Like one guy was off.

"Something Was Missing"...ahh, I've never particularly cared for this song out of context, and Conrad's vibrato is a bit much at time, but it was decent.

"Annie" and "Anything But You" are always good, of course. I loved the orchestrations in both of them, and the ensemble always shines.

The second reprise of "Maybe" was good, not much more to say, Marissa is always amazing, in my opinion.

"A New Deal for Christmas" was also quite amazing. I'm glad that the end (where the two groups echo each other) was changed to allow the kids to sing an octave below: it was probably much nicer on their voices as well as our ears.

"Tomorrow - Bows" of course, was great, as I've expressed my love for the ensemble several times.

Now, for Disc 2, I don't plan on writing a dissertation, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting "reject songs" and therefore songs that were not as good. Well, I'll admit, I didn't care for "Lady of the House" or "1934", but the others were fantastic! I really liked "He Doesn't Know I'm Alive". It's such a great song with great lyrics. The three different "trapped in a trunk" songs were nice. I liked the lyrics best on the first one, and it was really neat to hear three different actresses singing them. I've always liked "Why Should I Change a Thing?" and "You Make Me Happy", which has the same tune as "Don't Mess With Mother". "Don't Mess With Mother"'s lyrics are kind of strange though, I have to say. Entertaining, but quite strange...not really fitting into Miss Hannigan's character, if you ask me.

In closing, I feel that this CD was quite nice, and I actually prefer it to the OBC (don't shoot me...). I didn't feel that the kids sounded too old, and I was just thrilled to shreds to have a new Annie CD from America!

Well, thanks for reading my novel. I'm curious to hear what everyone else thought.
wow Isaac. what a review. I still believe the OBC stands tall with crisp, professional and clear vocals and orchestrations that bring tears...but it's nice to have another after 30 years. They worked really hard on this one. I missed the Annie 2 songs, so it was nice to hear them again . I will never forget sitting in Washington watching it and how it just didn't work as a show and with all the drama and how to tell my father that it wasn't working without being mean. Luckily, he's was smart and he knew and never abandoned it.
I was at opening night at Goodspeed, Washington and New York and every road tour. I was at the party tonight.I have been at almost every major significant Annie opening or event. It's amazing that after all this time, big or small...it never gets old.
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K-the-O ;-)

June 6th, 2008, 1:31 pm #9

I had a few thoughts, now having listened to it in its entirety.

Firstly, according to the back of the cd, the orchestra was a Slovakian Orchestra, not synthesized. Kudos to them, the orchestra was very good.

The Overture was a bit overly spastic for my tastes, particularly Hard-Knock Life. I loved that they added "Easy Street", though it made the transition to "Tomorrow" quite awkward.

I liked the small changes they made to the orchestrations in Maybe. Marissa was also fantastic.

I liked "Hard-Knock Life". I disliked the french horns being added to the main beat at the beginning (the part played by the harpsichord). The kids sounded great, and I loved all of the harmonies that they kept in there. I also liked that Alene got to keep her monologue (or most of it, anyway) at the beginning of the song.

I disliked the new orchestrations in "Tomorrow". Marissa, however sounded great.

I liked how they brought out the low trombone part throughout "We'd Like To Thank You". I also love the harmonies that this tour added to that song, and I'm thrilled that they were kept (I wasn't sure how much of the ensemble would be kept, but apparently a majority of them were).

Alene still cracks me up in "Little Girls", even without seeing her facial expressions.

"I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" was great, especially from Elizabeth. She's truly amazing...can anyone else see her as Glinda in "Wicked"?

I'm glad that they kept the new little "Santa Dance" music in "NYC". I loved that piece of music, and it thrilled me that it was kept. I still say Monica Patton was one of the best actresses to play the star-to-be.

Once again, yay for keeping dialogue in "Easy Street". Shelly Burch had me in stitches as Lily. I loved her off-key "Easy easy easy streeEEeeEEeeeEt", followed by Alene's "shut up.". One thing I disliked was Alene's "what what what what what" after "instead of less". That bothered me.

"You Won't Be An Orphan for Long" was great. I love the ensemble from this tour.

The Entr'acte was great; I liked the changes to it. I liked the extra bars added before "Hard-Knock Life".

"Smile" was great as well....Chris Vettel is a very good Burt Healy, and the three Boylan Sisters were awesome. The kids did a great job...Molly Ryan really has a fantatic voice. It's unfortunate that that Taylor Bright had to do the "Who cares..." section through her nose (It sounds intentional, like it was directed like that). I loved that the dance portion was kept, and it sounded great.

"Tomorrow - Reprise" was nice...though the harmonies at the end of the second reprise sounded a bit dodgy to me...anyone else? Like one guy was off.

"Something Was Missing"...ahh, I've never particularly cared for this song out of context, and Conrad's vibrato is a bit much at time, but it was decent.

"Annie" and "Anything But You" are always good, of course. I loved the orchestrations in both of them, and the ensemble always shines.

The second reprise of "Maybe" was good, not much more to say, Marissa is always amazing, in my opinion.

"A New Deal for Christmas" was also quite amazing. I'm glad that the end (where the two groups echo each other) was changed to allow the kids to sing an octave below: it was probably much nicer on their voices as well as our ears.

"Tomorrow - Bows" of course, was great, as I've expressed my love for the ensemble several times.

Now, for Disc 2, I don't plan on writing a dissertation, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting "reject songs" and therefore songs that were not as good. Well, I'll admit, I didn't care for "Lady of the House" or "1934", but the others were fantastic! I really liked "He Doesn't Know I'm Alive". It's such a great song with great lyrics. The three different "trapped in a trunk" songs were nice. I liked the lyrics best on the first one, and it was really neat to hear three different actresses singing them. I've always liked "Why Should I Change a Thing?" and "You Make Me Happy", which has the same tune as "Don't Mess With Mother". "Don't Mess With Mother"'s lyrics are kind of strange though, I have to say. Entertaining, but quite strange...not really fitting into Miss Hannigan's character, if you ask me.

In closing, I feel that this CD was quite nice, and I actually prefer it to the OBC (don't shoot me...). I didn't feel that the kids sounded too old, and I was just thrilled to shreds to have a new Annie CD from America!

Well, thanks for reading my novel. I'm curious to hear what everyone else thought.


I was reading your review with great interest and respecting, what I figured might be our difference of opinion but...but then you said it. Those dreaded words. I want to pass it off as "He's young. What does he know?" But I know you're a musician so those dreaded words were like a sword to the heart.

How could you like this cd better than the OBC?


Say it isn't so! Julie, is there an eject button on this forum? Maybe I can get a cornea transplant and pretend I never read those words.


I'm teasing you, Isaac I'm hoping to listen to the entire cd this weekend but the Amazon clips left me a bit disappointed. But I'll pay attention to the things you mentioned and get back to you.

I know. You're waiting with bated breath. Ha!

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