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Seth MacFarlane: Music Is Better Than Words

Fans of the long-running animated TV hit Family Guy have likely heard series creator Seth MacFarlane sing standards in the guise of Brian, the Griffin family’s alcoholic, intellectual dog. Stepping out of character and into Hollywood’s fabled Capitol Studios, MacFarlane finally fully indulges his predilection for classic Vegas-style material and the singers who dispensed it.

Vocally, MacFarlane suggests a somewhat slighter variation on Steve Lawrence. What he lacks in range and robustness he more than makes up for in style, capturing the same laidback savoir-faire that Dean Martin built an entire career around. The arrangements, superbly crafted by producer and conductor Joel McNeely, are richly reminiscent of Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Don Costa. Adding significantly to the album’s sparkling appeal are MacFarlane’s ingenious song choices, many augmented with seldom-recorded choruses.

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