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I Could Use a Drink

by Steven Bergman
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Thursday Apr 25, 2013
I Could Use a Drink

Drew Gasparini is a composer / lyricist on the rise. He's contributed music to the NBC's series, "SMASH," and his music is frequently performed by the current wave of musical theater and cabaret artists at clubs and in the studio. He is part of the "poparet" movement: young songwriters who are making a name for themselves in the cabaret world with a popular sound that they incorporate into both their larger works for the stage and the television opportunities that feature their music.

Gasparini's latest release on Broadway Records, "I Could Use a Drink: The Songs of Drew Gasparini," is now available for purchase and download. The seventeen-track set features many of today's brightest stars of musical theater singing Gasparini latest songs. Gasparini dabbles in the country-crossover world with "Fell In Love in Crazy" (sung by "HAIR"'s Andrew Kober) and a tale of a revenge-seeking, terror-strewn trio in "Valley High" (with Blake Daniel, Gabriel Violett and Tim Ehrlich); story songs ("Dear Lucy" and "Circus," performed by the wonderfully psychotic Lindsay Mendez); and the tender ballad (with Caissie Levy on "What Remains," and Alex Wyse on "Right Here"). There are some commercially familiar names on this recording to attract the new listener, including the instantly recognizable Jeremy Jordan ("SMASH" and "Newsies") on "No Turning Back Now" and "Good Stuff," presented by a groovin' Justin Guarini ("American Idiot"). No topic is off-limits here, including a pair of songs about teen pregnancy (the female perspective with "Two Little Lines" and the male view from Jordan), with liberal language used on several cuts. Gasparini has compiled an attractive set of stories, and the singers give engaging performances.

For fans of Ryan Scott Oliver, Scott Alan and Joe Iconis, this recording will easily fit into your musical ear buds.

"I Could Use a Drink: The Songs of Drew Gasparini"
Drew Gasparini / Jeremy Jordan / Lindsay Mendez, et al.
CD and digital formats
Broadway Records

Steven Bergman is a Composer / Playwright / Performing Arts Educator based outside of Boston, MA.


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