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At first looks like a classic, but wanes with close listening
on 1 November 2009
I knew nothing about this when I bought it, and on first listening it excited me. Is it another Rent, with interesting ideas explored with soundly composed and energetic music? The subject matter certainly grabs you, with a plot around family life and mental illness. The opening set is also dynamic and with some intelligent lyrics, and enticing musical moments. And there are enough other moments through the songs to grab your attention and hold you into an idea.
However, as you listen to it a couple times more it does not grow. In fact it wilts rather. Musically it is not diverse or intelligent, or tuneful enough. It is mostly just loud. There are no stand-out songs to raise it above the ordinary. The plot continues to seem interesting, and I would happily go and see the show to learn more. But the CD is now going to disappear into my collection to be nothing more than an interesting talking point.