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Jazz - Released April 19, 2019 | Verve Label Group

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Jazz - Released September 15, 2017 | Republic - Verve - Fuzzy

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Standing in contrast to the moody 2015 set No One Ever Tells You, 2017's In Full Swing contains some of the sunny brio its title suggests. Chalk it up to the songs Seth MacFarlane selects, of course. There's nary a song of heartbreak among the album's 16 numbers, and he doesn't rely on overly familiar tunes, either. This lighthearted batch of songs is given effervescent arrangements by Joel McNeely, who gladly keeps the proceedings cool and breezy. As always, MacFarlane and McNeely are so besotted with Frank Sinatra's classic long-players for Capitol that their act can seem like a bit of swinging cosplay, with MacFarlane mimicking Old Blue Eyes' finger-snapping charm and McNeely penning love letters to Nelson Riddle, but their execution is expert and, since the touch is light, In Full Swing feels looser and better than its predecessors. MacFarlane and McNeely have taken Frank's advice to take things Nice 'n' Easy to heart, and they're the better for it. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Jazz - Released October 16, 2015 | Seth McFarlane Concept Album

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2011 | Fuzzy Door Productions - Universal

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A vanity project that evades any rational explanation, as its flights of fancy are so far removed from its creator’s home turf, Music Is Better Than Words is a traditional big-band album from Seth MacFarlane, the self-satisfied wise-ass behind Family Guy. Demonstrating precisely the same amount of imagination that led him to creating no less than three permutations of Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, MacFarlane plays it straight throughout Music Is Better Than Words, hiring American Dad composer Joel McNeely to create approximations of Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, and Billy May's arrangements for Frank Sinatra's deathless, mid-century records for Capitol. These classic concept albums are clearly the blueprint for Music Is Better Than Words, which was, after all, recorded at Capitol Records' legendary studio with MacFarlane singing into the very same microphone Sinatra used all those years ago, and there is a bit of a concept to this 2011 LP, too, with the cartoonist selecting songs never recorded by any member of the Rat Pack -- along with a couple recent tunes like “She’s Wonderful Too,” which McNeely originally wrote for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles -- for his tribute to that ring-a-ding-ding swing. MacFarlane and McNeely don’t attempt to ape the pizzazz of Frank’s Reprise years, nor do they spend much time with May’s snazzy snap, they stick with Riddle and Jenkins, keeping things sentimental and lush even when the words crackle with wit. Then again, MacFarlane is so concerned about inhabiting Sinatra’s silken suits he doesn’t really care about the meaning of the songs; all that matters is sounding like Ol' Blue Eyes, which MacFarlane does about as well as any number of hotel lounge singers this world over. Sure, it’s a surprise that he can carry a tune, but it’s no surprise that MacFarlane, who came to fame and fortune by telling obvious jokes so slowly a dog could understand, considers his competence as proof of his excellence, his smugness bearing no swagger, his self-satisfaction undercutting his otherwise perfectly pleasant surroundings. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Ambient/New Age - Released September 30, 2014 | Seth Macfarlane Christmas Album

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One thing eternal prankster Seth MacFarlane takes seriously is Frank Sinatra. He abandoned yucks in 2011 for a de facto Sinatra tribute called Music Is Better Than Words -- a record that so exactingly replicated the sound and style of Frank's Capitol LPs, it was recorded in the same room in the Capitol Records building that the Chairman of the Board used -- and it was successful enough to open the door for a sequel in 2014. MacFarlane, perhaps wisely, opted to channel his Sinatra obsession into a Christmas record called Holiday for Swing! Once again, he works with Joel McNeely -- the arranger/producer behind Music Is Better Than Words, plus all those animated homages to Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home that MacFarlane airs on Fox -- with the intent of re-creating the snazzy snap of the holiday albums from Old Blue Eyes. So, Holiday for Swing! is another full-bore Frank tribute and, like its predecessor, it isn't bad. McNeely is a deft arranger steeped in the work of Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins and MacFarlane is an able mimic, mimeographing Frank's cadences while wisely avoiding any attempts to conjure up the master's charm. Apart from the ever so slight notion that he's singing with a wink borrowed from Burl Ives -- a tell that gives away his status as a Gen-Xer weaned on Rankin & Bass holiday productions -- MacFarlane plays it straight, even when he's camping it up with Sara Bareilles on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Norah Jones is the other guest, singing on "Little Jack Frost Get Lost"), and this sincerity plays out in his favor. MacFarlane loves Frank too much to mess with his music so he winds up with a retro salute that's thoroughly pleasant. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Jazz - Released September 15, 2017 | Republic - Verve - Fuzzy

Standing in contrast to the moody 2015 set No One Ever Tells You, 2017's In Full Swing contains some of the sunny brio its title suggests. Chalk it up to the songs Seth MacFarlane selects, of course. There's nary a song of heartbreak among the album's 16 numbers, and he doesn't rely on overly familiar tunes, either. This lighthearted batch of songs is given effervescent arrangements by Joel McNeely, who gladly keeps the proceedings cool and breezy. As always, MacFarlane and McNeely are so besotted with Frank Sinatra's classic long-players for Capitol that their act can seem like a bit of swinging cosplay, with MacFarlane mimicking Old Blue Eyes' finger-snapping charm and McNeely penning love letters to Nelson Riddle, but their execution is expert and, since the touch is light, In Full Swing feels looser and better than its predecessors. MacFarlane and McNeely have taken Frank's advice to take things Nice 'n' Easy to heart, and they're the better for it. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2011 | Fuzzy Door Productions - Universal

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Jazz - Released April 19, 2019 | Verve Label Group

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Jazz - Released September 30, 2015 | Seth McFarlane Concept Album

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Jazz - Released April 12, 2019 | Verve Label Group

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Comedy/Other - Released May 29, 2014 | Lübbe Audio

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Ambient/New Age - Released September 30, 2014 | Seth Macfarlane Christmas Album

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