Music: Germaine Franco LITTLE / Seth MacFarlane ONCE IN A WHILE
Germaine Franco LITTLE
In the beginning, this is a record of pop songs masquerading as a score. The music is ‘neo-soul’ (featuring talent like Jennifer Holiday, Mary J Blige, and Janelle Monaw) and solid (given what it is). Later, Franco’s score kicks in and it’s a doozy… SUPER reminiscent of the work of Daniel Pemberton. The pop stuff is wholly forgettable, but the score… is pitch perfect. At first, I was disappointed, but… as the disc played, I was surprised to find LITTLE is a solid film score. Surprised… but delighted.
Seth MacFarlane ONCE IN A WHILE
Oo, boi… it must be nice: get yourself a couple of successful TV shows and suddenly someone hands you a stellar orchestra and lush arrangements. The thing is.. MacFarlane is a standard-issue crooner. His range is limited and he carries the emotional weight of a hotel bar performer. This is simply more of MacFarlane’s unchecked ego on display. Do yourself a favor… buy the Jeff Goldblum record instead; THAT’S at least good.