A Great Big World Is There Anybody Out There?

Is There Anybody Out There?

A Great Big World

Released on January 17, 2014 by Epic

Main artist: A Great Big World

Genre: Pop/Rock > Pop

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New York pop duo A Great Big World enter the big leagues with their debut LP Is There Anybody Out There? After several years of kicking around the Big Apple's singer/songwriter scene, Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino entered the public's consciousness in 2013 when their spirited piano anthem "This Is the New Year" was covered on an episode of Fox's zeitgeist generator Glee. The song first appeared on Axel's 2011 solo record and then reappeared post-Glee under the duo's newly adopted moniker. With their earnest, melodic piano-pop and youthful spirit, comparisons to early Ben Folds Five are inevitable, but where Folds tempered his wistfulness with a wry and often mischievous sense of humor, Axel and Vaccarino generally reach for the stars, fueled largely by hope and positivity. The thirteen song album they've built around their breakout single is truly a loaded gun of pop music and it hits the mark more often than not. Brimming with echoes of past piano masters like Billy Joel and Andy Pratt, they're not breaking the mold, but they've certainly read the book. From the E.L.O. punch of "Land of Opportunity" to the Buggles-punctuated "I Really Want It," they tackle some classic pop territory with a wide-eyed sincerity that is ultimately appealing if occasionally trite. A Great Big World fare best when they're singing full-hearted rockers to the back of the room, covering familiar subjects of breaking out and breaking through like on the album version of "This Is the New Year." Dan Romer's production is concise and full of punch recalling his work with bands like Jukebox the Ghost and Ingrid Michaelson. There are certainly moments on Is There Anybody Out There? that don't quite work or would benefit from some subtlety. The well-intentioned, but poorly executed "Everyone is Gay" really misses badly and several of the ballads can't seem to recover from their lack of personality. Still, if you're willing to drink their kool-aid, A Great Big World will deliver you to a pretty happy and hopeful place on this debut. ~ Timothy Monger
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Album : 1 disk - 13 tracks Total length : 00:44:23

  1. 1 Rockstar

    A Great Big World, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Ian Axel, Composer, Lyricist - Chad Vaccarino, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  2. 2 Land of Opportunity

    A Great Big World, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Ian Axel, Composer, Lyricist - Chad Vaccarino, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  3. 3 Already Home

    A Great Big World, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Ian Axel, Composer, Lyricist - Chad Vaccarino, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  4. 4 I Really Want It

    A Great Big World, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Ian Axel, Composer, Lyricist - Dan Romer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Chad Vaccarino, Composer, Lyricist - Devin Kerr, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2013 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  5. 5 Say Something

    A Great Big World, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Ian Axel, Composer, Lyricist, Piano - Dan Romer, Associated Performer, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Chad Vaccarino, Composer, Lyricist - Vanessa Freebain-Smith, Cello - Mark Robertson, Violin - Andrew Duckles, Viola - Mike Campbell, Composer, Lyricist - Ted Tuthill, Engineer - Alexander Cameron, Assistant Engineer - Devin Kerr, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2013 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  6. 6 You'll Be Okay

    A Great Big World, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Ian Axel, Composer, Lyricist - Chad Vaccarino, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  7. 7 Everyone Is Gay

    A Great Big World, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Ian Axel, Composer, Lyricist, Piano - Zach Jones, Drums - Chad Vaccarino, Composer, Lyricist - Chris Kuffner, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Engineer, Producer - Oscar Albis Rodriguez, Electric Guitar - Daniel Sanint, Engineer - Dan Romer, Mixing Engineer - Ryan Geller, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2013 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  8. 8 There Is an Answer

    A Great Big World, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Ian Axel, Composer, Lyricist - Dan Romer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Chad Vaccarino, Composer, Lyricist - Devin Kerr, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2013 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  9. 9 I Don't Wanna Love Somebody Else

    A Great Big World, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Ian Axel, Composer, Lyricist - Chad Vaccarino, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  10. 10 This Is the New Year

    A Great Big World, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Ian Axel, Composer, Lyricist - John Alagia, Producer - Brian Scheuble, Recording Engineer - Chad Vaccarino, Composer, Lyricist - Lars Fox, Editor - Jon Kaplan, Mixing Engineer - Dave McNair, Mastering Engineer - Andy Marcinkowski, Assistant Engineer Copyright : (P) 2013 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  11. 11 Shorty Don't Wait

    A Great Big World, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Ian Axel, Composer, Lyricist - Chad Vaccarino, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  12. 12 Cheer Up!

    A Great Big World, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Ian Axel, Composer, Lyricist - Chad Vaccarino, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  13. 13 Say Something

    A Great Big World, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Christina Aguilera, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, Associated Performer - Ian Axel, Composer, Lyricist - Chad Vaccarino, Composer, Lyricist - Dan Romer, Engineer, Producer - Ted Tuthill, Engineer - Alexander Cameron, Assistant Engineer - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Stuart Schenk, Recording Engineer - Angelo Caputo, Assistant Engineer - Mike Tuccillo, Editor Copyright : (P) 2013 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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  • New York pop duo A Great Big World enter the big leagues with their debut LP Is There Anybody Out There? After several years of kicking around the Big Apple's singer/songwriter scene, Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino entered the public's consciousness in 2013 when their spirited piano anthem "This Is the New Year" was covered on an episode of Fox's zeitgeist generator Glee. The song first appeared on Axel's 2011 solo record and then reappeared post-Glee under the duo's newly adopted moniker. With their earnest, melodic piano-pop and youthful spirit, comparisons to early Ben Folds Five are inevitable, but where Folds tempered his wistfulness with a wry and often mischievous sense of humor, Axel and Vaccarino generally reach for the stars, fueled largely by hope and positivity. The thirteen song album they've built around their breakout single is truly a loaded gun of pop music and it hits the mark more often than not. Brimming with echoes of past piano masters like Billy Joel and Andy Pratt, they're not breaking the mold, but they've certainly read the book. From the E.L.O. punch of "Land of Opportunity" to the Buggles-punctuated "I Really Want It," they tackle some classic pop territory with a wide-eyed sincerity that is ultimately appealing if occasionally trite. A Great Big World fare best when they're singing full-hearted rockers to the back of the room, covering familiar subjects of breaking out and breaking through like on the album version of "This Is the New Year." Dan Romer's production is concise and full of punch recalling his work with bands like Jukebox the Ghost and Ingrid Michaelson. There are certainly moments on Is There Anybody Out There? that don't quite work or would benefit from some subtlety. The well-intentioned, but poorly executed "Everyone is Gay" really misses badly and several of the ballads can't seem to recover from their lack of personality. Still, if you're willing to drink their kool-aid, A Great Big World will deliver you to a pretty happy and hopeful place on this debut. ~ Timothy Monger

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