Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – Bright Star (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2016)

Posted by Zorn on July 30, 2016 as

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The musical Bright Star was inspired by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Grammy Award-winning 2013 LP Love Has Come for You, which saw the multi-talented comedy legend and ex-New Bohemian crafting a solid, easygoing set of bluegrass-kissed, country-folk-pop gems. Written by Martin and Brickell, and directed by Tony Award-winner Walter Bobbie, Bright Star’s simple story of love and redemption is a familiar one, and that familiarity provides fertile ground for Martin and Brickell’s bucolic and agreeable melodies. Fans of Love Has Come for You, as well as the duo’s 2015 sequel So Familiar, will feel right at home, as some of the material is taken directly from the source. Strong performances from Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, and Hannah Elless, the latter of whom delivers a show-stopping rendition of Love Has Come for You highlight “Asheville,” help to elevate some of the narrative’s more predictable beats. Musically, Brickell and Martin explore every facet of the country-folk genre, delivering boot-stomping hoedowns (“Whoa Mama,” “Bright Star”), wistful folk-pop (“What Could Be Better”), bluesy torch songs (“So Familiar”), and even a little big-band-kissed country swing (“Another Round”). At times, it all feels a little like a Prairie Home Companion episode that’s been shoe-horned into a Christopher Guest film, but it’s hard not to root for Bright Star, even in its most treacly, homespun moments.

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