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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent example of a talented composer!, 6 Dec 2001
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This review is from: Tick Tick...Boom!: ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING (Audio CD)
Jonathan Larson had so much potential, and this is certainly proven in Tick Tick Boom, and also in his earlier musical, Rent. But even more poignant is that this recording features the songs from a semi-autobiographical show. The title character, Jonathan, ponders on how he is approaching 30 and has not really achieved anything in life - a reflection Larson himself must have thought of, since he wrote this show when he was 29. And what a show it is - with fabulously catchy, rocky numbers such as 30/90 and Louder Than Words. The song Why? is an extremely moving one, and Therapy must be one of the funniest comic numbers I have heard in a long time! Tick, Tick Boom is definitely more in the style of a musical compared with Rent, but is no less enjoyable. It's such a shame that Larson died at the age of 35 - and when you listen to this recording, you will realise exactly how tragic his passing is, as it reflects Larson's philosophies of life and his decision to make the best of life while you're living.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An autobiographical musical everyone can enjoy and relate to, 7 Nov 2005
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Angela Dunn "Ange" (Hartlepool) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tick Tick...Boom!: ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING (Audio CD)
It is a shame Jonathan Larson died so young when He was producing work of this quality. Like His better known musical rent the songs on this Cd explore themes of love and friendship, living life and illness (AIDS), through to living conditions. Unlike Rent however the songs from Tick Tick boom are on one cd. Also unlike rent this musical only has three Singers. Jerry Dixon, Amy Spanger and Raul Esparza all do an excelent job with not a bad note to be heard. This is helped by the fact they all have the chance to perform solo, however the real strength to this cd is the harmonies they achieve. This is most notable on Johnny can't decide in my opinion and 30/90. The bonus song Boho Days is a real treat as the performer is Jonathan Larson. It is nice to hear the man perform from Tick Tick booms origional one man show.
The style of songs vary across a wide range. From funny duets like Therapy, to belt out loud ballads such as come to your senses this CD is one that has a song to appeal to everyone. The songs at times can also be witty social commentries such as sunday and leave strong messages such as the song Louder than Words. However as this CD contains just the songs if you are not familar with what goes on within the show it could be easy to get lost. I found it easy enough to follow having read synopsis of tick tick boom before listening . This however is not needed.
That is where the booklet steps in. Al Larson (Jonathans Dad) has his chance to explain what this is about and does so well. Like Julie Larson does on The rent blog for the forth coming movie he does a great job explaining the back story to Tick Tick boom and also honouring Jonathan In the process. He also manages to achieve this with humour! The Booklet also contains the lyrics and pictures, always a good thing!
If you like rent you will enjoy this and as an introduction to Jonathan Larsons work it is fabulous. It is well worth tracking down (It is at the time of writing still avaliable on Amazon.com ) in my opinion. If I was to rate this cd it would be 10/10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars its not rent but its close!, 13 April 2005
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E. Tempest "liz" (UK) - See all my reviews
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i really like this musical, its really different, its not rent, it hasnt got the same contrast of songs and storylines, but still has the same larson rawness. i did prefer rent but thats only because there are more songs that you can sing along to, however 'come to your senses' is a greater belter song!its worth having because its so different to other shows. the singers are amazing. if you prefer raw musicals to flowing oklahoma like ones, this one is a must!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you a fan of Rent this show is a must!!, 3 Mar 2002
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Highly reccomended recording for those of you who love the score and recording of RENT. Larsons score is exciting, bright and moving with 3 superb singing voices. ENJOY you will not be dissappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pre-RENT Larson, 16 Oct 2014
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Dr. N. Mcloughlin "Mad Manc" (Manchester, Uk) - See all my reviews
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Bought for my 14 year old daughter (a massive fan of rent) and while some of the songs are somewhat derivative of the later show there are some excellent original pieces too. Who wouldn't want more RENT-like music! An instant hit and despite never having seen the show it has become one of my daughters top five musicals. (Have since bought the sheet music and the book). You won't be disappointed..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before Rent..., 6 Jun 2007
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This show proves just how talented Johnathan Larson really was. They music is mesmorising and although I have never seen the show I love this CD. The opening number 30/90 is a great rock musical opening and is probably my favourite song in it. I also love "Therapy", "Green Dress" and "Sunday". This musical is brilliant and really heartfelt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, 20 Mar 2012
This review is from: Tick Tick...Boom!: ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING (Audio CD)
This is a review of the CD of this show. This is a great show that has been largely overlooked, at least in the United States. I became aware of it because my son is going to be performing in it in Chicago this Spring (he previously was in Rent, by the same creator) so I ordered the CD so I would be familiar with the music and the story. The music is great, it takes listening to several times to get it but so did the music to Rent. It is well worth the effort. I can't wait to see the actual show Jonathan Larson is awesome and this is his story.
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