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    Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:06:36

    A Great Big World "Is There Anybody Out There?" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino... [an error occurred while processing this directive]

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    Back in the day—and it wasn't that long ago when you really think about it—pop music's kings were guys like Billy Joel, Elton John, and Bruce Springsteen.

    These icons possess impeccable and impressive chops, massive natural voices, and unmatched songwriting talent. That was what made a star in the sixties and seventies, and it's why the world still reveres their output to this day. It's been a while since music has been treated to an honest star of that caliber. It's hard to even remember who the last one was, but that doesn't even really matter right now. 2014 has given us A Great Big World and their flawless full-length debut, Is There Anybody Out There?.

    Now, "Say Something" with Christina Aguilera rightfully solidified Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino as one of the best new acts in recent memory, but the entire album proves that they're also timeless. "Already Home" wistfully yearns for the embrace of the Big Apple with Woody Allen-style eloquence as terse piano resounds in unison with their dynamic delivery. Meanwhile, a sense of theatricality courses through "I Really Want It", adding a spritely bounce to the song and "Rockstar" takes flight on the wings of a blazing guitar lead. "Land of Opportunity" bristles with invigorating optimism as the instrumentation veers further into Broadway territory. "You'll Be Okay" and "Cheer Up!" are beautiful reminders to take a step back, and it juxtaposes with the raw and real catharsis of "Say Something" pristinely.

    Is There Anybody Out There? beckons multiple listens, and it deserves full attention. The nuances of Axel's soulful singing and Vaccarino's crooning hypnotize on a grand scale. At the same time, the hooks will have you singing along for years to come.

    This is everything a classic record should be and so much more. This is A Great Big World.

    Rick Florino

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