A Great Big World - Is There Anybody Out There?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
A Great Big World - Is There Anybody Out There
3 stars 

I have been excited to review this album. “Say Something” featuring Christina Aguilera is currently my favorite song from A Great Big World’s “Is Anybody Out There” album. Their first taste of the limelight was when the cast of Glee performed “This Is The New Year” and they have been carrying that success forward in their debut album.

Made up of Ian Axel & Chad Vaccarino, A Great Big World isn’t the greatest band to pop into my music playlist over the past year or so, but they have a lovely pop sound. Their music demonstrates that these two have the talent as songwriters to go a long way. Having an international hit will guarantee that they will have time to grow as artists or at least be able to release a second album.

This album isn’t perfect. There are a few songs that feel out of place. For example “Everyone Is Gay”, while a fun song, seems more like a novelty song than a statement about gay rights. Missteps aside, the album as a whole is very listenable. “You’ll Be Okay” is great example of their vocals blending seamlessly with hopeful lyrics. Their second single release "Rock Star" is another catchy song, destined to be another hit.

They may be mining pop material that has been covered before, but they have an original take on pop music. I look forward to what they come up with next.

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