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Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox - Essentials II Vinyl 2 LP Set

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox - Essentials II Vinyl 2 LP Set

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If you're a fan of -- or even a listener unfamiliar with -- pianist Scott Bradlee's inventive reimaginings of modern-day pop tunes, 2018's The Essentials II is the place to go first; that is, after you check out his videos online. As with 2016's The Essentials, this second volume includes more of Bradlee's hugely popular cover songs that take relatively contemporary hits by artists as diverse as Ed Sheeran, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Sia, and Meghan Trainor and rework them in a variety of vintage styles, from '20s trad jazz to '50s doo wop to '60s soul, and so on. Generally speaking, Bradlee is quite successful in his endeavors, and more often than not his versions are as catchy and appealing as the originals. In fact, he sometimes works to outdo the original artist, as in the case of Halsey's "Closer," reworked here into a buoyant 1950s-style doo wop anthem featuring singer Kenton Chen. That track, as with others on The Essentials II, serves to nicely reframe and illuminate much of the melodic and harmonic content that the original song didn't fully exploit. Elsewhere, Bradlee shines a spotlight on longtime collaborators like Haley Reinhart, who offers a soulful, jazzy ballad version of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," and Maiya Sykes, who delivers an inspired vocalese take on the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy." Just as jazz musicians adopted Broadway songs and turned them into standards during the '40s and '50s, Bradlee has does the same with contemporary pop music. The Essentials II works because a good song is a good song regardless of what style it's performed in. ~ Matt Collar

Artist Scott Bradlee
Format Vinyl
Catalog 7206992
Manufacturer Concord Records
Released 11/02/2018
Genre POP
Status Back Order

Tracks
DISC 1:
Closer
Toxic
Love Yourself
Black Hole Sun
Timber
All About That Bass
Thriller
Crazy
MMMBop
DISC 2:
Nothing Else Matters
Juicy
Dream On
What Is Love
Heroes
Chandelier
Crazy Train
Final Countdown, The
Perfect

UPC: 888072069923