So I have so many mixed feelings about Matthew Morrison’s new cd. For those of you who don’t know who I am talking about, he plays Will Schoester on Glee. Matthew is a long time performer and singer and one of my favorite performances of his was the humpty dance song where he started as humpty dumpty and stripped down to his boxers from a huge full body egg costume. The reality is that Matthew Morrison has a ton of talent and does a ton of great things for charity and broadway, but when it comes to performing by himself, for me he doesn’t cut it.
His new cd is actually very good. Music wise it is extremely similar to something you’d expect to hear from Jimmy Buffet, but unfortunately I cannot stand that type of music. When I was listening to it I felt like I should be at a tiki bar and having a margarita or pina colada or some sort of frozen drink. The songs were good, but they all sounded pretty much the exact same. I ended up fast forwarding through them after a few minutes until I got to track 6, Somewhere Over the Rainbow where he has the song remixed into a ballad and does it as a duet with Gwyneth Paltrow.
The thing about Matthew Morrison is that he is very talented and he has a very nice voice. The problem is that he is not memorable as a singer or a dancer unless someone else is performing with him. Think about it, all of the famous songs he had in Glee were because he was with Kristin Chenoweth, Gwyneth Paltrow or even another guy when he had the flu. Even when they would play his Humpty Dance routine no one would remember him until he took the costume off and even then people would ask each week at showtunes who he was again. He is amazingly talented and can hold a note, but his voice requires someone else to bring it out and make it work. He has the perfect voice to harmonize with others and that is what his strongest moment is on this cd. His version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow with Gwyneth Paltrow is amazing. It is probably my favorite song from the album. I still haven’t listened to his duet with Elton John, but that is only because I couldn’t get past the tiki bar music. Matthew is extremely talented and if you like beach and summer styled music, this cd is great for you. It isn’t my type of music so for me, I wouldn’t buy it if I heard it first, but I know a ton of people who would love this cd. If you have Matthew Morrison’s new cd and want to share if you like it or not, feel free to leave a comment below. You can also buy Matthew Morrison’s new cd by clicking here or on the image in the amazon widget above.