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No Nathaniel NOOOOO - AKA Your not really going out in that shirt are you dad?,
This review is from: Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation (Audio CD)
Oh dear! Where do we start with this? At the begining perhaps? I first heard WOTW in 1978, when it was played to me by my Aunt & Uncle. I was instantly captivated by the story and have enjoyed the occasional listen (at least twice a year) over that 34 year period so I know the original version pretty much inside out. So it was with an open mind that I approached this updated version. I think what one needs to remember here is Jeff Wayne probably hasn't tried to 'improve' the original just update or modernise it. Not that it needs modernisiation in my opinion but this isn't about the original its about this. I didn't listen to it to compare it to the original, which was hard but I wanted to try and judge it on its own merit, perhaps trying to be a newcomer to the experience. So whats the veridct. Well the title of my review sums it up. Its like when you where a kid and your Dad was going out on the Razz and wearing something entirely innapropriate, trying to be trendy but failing miserably. I say my dad I'm probably summing myself up here now! The 'updates' to the album consist of the occasional bit of 'techno', which is something I'm not adverse to. I was brought up on House/Disco/techno so have got an ear for it. This album tries too hard, there's random 'electro' noises, echo's and pauses which are entirley unecessary. Its like someones very poor interpretation of how 'this new techno music' should sound. A bit like Richard Madely meets the chemical brothers..
Liam Neeson - The Journalist. Awful, drab, dull, dispassionate, think Qui-Gon on tramadol. Again not comparing to Richard Burton, that wouldn't be fair but there's so many better voice actors that could of narrated this.
Gary Barlow - The singing voice of the journalist/Ogilvy. I'm a Barlow fan and he does a good job of the singing HOWEVER Forever Autumn is a song of despair Gary, not heartbreak. It's not slush. He totally slushes it. It will be the new wrist slashers anthemn!
Ricky Wilson - Artillery Man. I like the Kaiser chiefs they are good. Ricky however is not a good artillery man I'm afraid. I think someone else on here quotes that he sounds far too chirpy for someone who's just had his whole batallion burnt alive by a heat ray totting martian. Brave new world is flat and boring when he sings it. Sorry Ricky it just is.
Maverick Sabre - Parson Nathaniel. Is he a good Nathaniel? No Nathaniel no. I'm sure he's very good at what he does but he sounds like Rasta Mouse. No disrespect, I like rasta mouse, well i don't but its for no other reason then its a crap programme. Oh yeah and the devils voice.. Erm.. They've also added some calypso to the Spirit of Man, which would be nice if it wasn't about a priest's decent into madness and his wifes heart wrenching pleads for him to come back to his senses. I wanted Carmen Miranda to do the next bit to complete the street festival feel, which leads me onto...
Joss Stone - Beth. Christ. Mental Joss. She's really good til she sings. I was really pleased that she'd stopped putting on an american accent to narrate Beth and she does a great job of that until again she sings. It's just out of place, brash, deep, nasty Yuck...
Alex Clare - Thunderchild... Now I like Alex. I think he does a good rendition, has a few of the out of place noises added here and there and the occasional unecessary echo but asides from that I'm liking it.
To sum up its dire. It's got 2 stars for thunderchild and having enough of the original in there to make me sing along and want to listen to the '78 version again. Hang the shirt up Dad and be comfortable in your own clothes, they look good :)