Eric Robertson, a popular producer in Provo, has brought together an impressive list of talented vocalists to sing on new, fresh productions of classic Michael McLean songs. The vocalists include some of the top names from the burgeoning Provo music scene, including Elaine Bradley, from Neon Trees, and Ryan Innes, one of the top contestants on NBC's The Voice. Eric grew up listening to Michael McLean songs and still feels a strong connection to them. This album is an effort to pay tribute to those songs and produce them in a way that will speak to a younger generation of LDS youth.
Should I even admit that I don't know any Michael McLean songs? I'm not sure if I've ever heard any of his songs before.. There, I said it. But that being said, you obviously don't need to be a Michael McLean fan to love this CD. It's perfect when you're driving in your car late at night and you want something mellow and feel-good without putting you to sleep. I like the variety of artists' voices and the jazzy feel to the songs. Add to that, the reaction of my teenage son who hardly ever likes the same music I do--when he took out his headphones and heard what I was listening to, he asked about it and then asked me to turn it up. He even requested to listen to it the next day. I think that's a thumbs-up from the teen as well as from his mom! Can't do much better than that!
*I received a complimentary copy of this CD for my honest review.
I was a bit startled by the new arrangements of some of my old favorite Michael McClean songs. But once I got used to it, I really liked it. The jazzier feel to the music is bound to appeal to young listeners and a whole new generation. While the changes aren't likely to appeal to everyone, I thoroughly enjoyed them. I couldn't help singing along and tapping my foot.
When I saw this CD I thought it was just another Michael McLean CD--OH NO! SO MUCH MORE!
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the idea of having today's artist spin their twist on these favorites!
What a FABULOUS NOTION!
It brings a freshness to the songs we have so loved for so long!
I think this is a FANTASTIC CD and a GREAT TRIBUTE to Michael McLean!
THANK YOU Eric Robertson for your vision :)
Michael McLean is such a great artist! I've always loved his music, and the messages he has portrayed. Being of a younger-ish generation, I was excited when I learned they were doing this creative project to memorialize and pay tribute to the man behind the music. I was completely impressed with how they brought it together, and the artists they chose were great too. I think Michael is pleased too, as he sees his music coming forward to help bless and inspire another generation.
I have always loved Michael McLean music. I look forward to Christmas to be able to listen to "The Forgotten Carols" every year. After listening to the new "tribute" music, every song is soulless and doesn't bring the spirit in like the original. There wasn't a single song that I enjoyed. They were all difficult to hear because they didn't bring the same spirit as the original. I'm glad I borrowed the CD rather than buy it.