Is There Anybody Out There? By A Great Big World
Album review by Amanda King
So you may know that I love to read. I also love music. A lot of what I really like is not necessarily
mainstream (my boyfriend says I only listen to things nobody else listens to), but I like all kinds of music.
I have never felt super compelled to encourage people to listen to what I am listening to, except in rare
cases like this.
Many of you may be thinking that you have never heard of this band. I hadn’t either until I was sort of
half watching The Voice last fall while reading, and heard one of the most beautiful songs I have ever
heard. I look up and sitting there playing the piano, singing with Christina Aguilera, is this kind of doofy
looking dude. I don’t judge much on appearance, but it is rare to see in any performance industry. I was
so drawn to that song I looked it up to find out who that was and what the song was. The song title is
“Say Something”, and the band is A Great Big World. They are two guys who met at NYU studying music.
They had done some stuff previously but rebranded themselves in 2012 and things kind of went crazy
for them. Their song “This is the New Year” was performed by the cast on Glee and was used in promo
spots for the finale of this years The Biggest Loser.
The songs are upbeat with a positive message with only a few exceptions. The downer songs like “say
Something” and “I Don’t Wanna Love Somebody Else” are beautiful and relatable to everyone at some
point in their lives. I suppose there are people that have never experienced heartbreak or loss but they
are few and far between.
My six year old daughter’s favorite song that she now requests all the time is “Rockstar” and is all about
following your dreams. There is not a single song on this album that I have to skip or turn down for
fear of her repeating inappropriate lyrics, which I love. There are a few songs “Land of opportunity”,
“Everyone is Gay” and “Cheer Up” that have kind of a goofy feel to them, and a few lines that actually
made me laugh out loud, but still have a good message.
The lyrics are well done, interesting and (my favorite) not overly repetitive. The music varies from
simplistic but hauntingly beautiful like in “Say Something”, “I Don’t Wanna Love Somebody Else” and
“Already Home”; to steering wheel drumming upbeat like “Rockstar” to calliope carnival music in “Cheer
Up”. There is not a single song on this album that I did not thoroughly enjoy.
The music video for Say Something is beautiful and heart wrenching
The Tobuscus parody is awesome and hilarious
The Pentatonix version is also amazing
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