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|Sherie Rene Scott|
Sherie Rene... Men I've Had
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
From her Broadway debut as Sally Simpson in "The Who's Tommy" to roles in Randy Newman's "Faust," the Broadway production of "Rent," and Elton John and Tim Rice's smash hit "Aida," Sherie Rene Scott has received much criti... more »
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From her Broadway debut as Sally Simpson in "The Who's Tommy" to roles in Randy Newman's "Faust," the Broadway production of "Rent," and Elton John and Tim Rice's smash hit "Aida," Sherie Rene Scott has received much critical acclaim. Sherie is currently starring in the off-Broadway hit "The Last 5 Years," a new musical by Jason Robert Brown (Parade). Her debut CD, "Men I've Had," gives Sherie the opportunity to pay tribute to the world-famous composers she's worked with in her career as a Broadway pop music star, featuring songs by Pete Townshend, Elton John and Randy Newman as well as new songs by Jonathan Larson and Kander & Ebb. Songs: Squeezebox, Let My Love Open the Door, Midnight Creeper, Honky Cat, I Think He's Hiding, Bargain, Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Falling in Love, Come Down in Time, This Life, Real Emotional Girl, Love Heals, He Gives Us All His Love.
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Excellent, but inconsistent quality.
firstname.lastname@example.org | Philadelphia, PA USA | 03/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although she has appeared in Tommy, Grease, and Rent, like several of the other reviewers, my introduction to Sherie Rene Scott was when I saw her live on Broadway in AIDA. She has the combination beauty, talent and stage presence of a true star.I eagerly bought her debut album. It is an interesting and entertaining album. Her voice is so enticing that she could probably sing the telephone book and make it entertaining. It's a remarkable debut album and somewhat daring in nature. In a playful and experimental way, she draws more than the typical selection of songs from the genre.There is a slow, sultry, sexy, jazzy rendition of "Squeezebox" as well as similarly jazzy renditions of popular rock songs. I've read the other reviews and I know some people have loved these new interpretations of old songs. Although I am impressed by her creativity, I found album inconsistent. To my ear, the slow, jazzy delivery of "Squeezebox" is so incongruent with the words of the song as to be distracting. While I suppose this was intended to be playful, it comes across almost unintentionally comical in nature. Elton John's "Midnight Creeper" transforms well, but her slow, sultry belting out of "Get back, honky cat..." for Elton John's "Honky Cat" seems odd to my ear as well.The album overall is quite good. Her version of Elton John's "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" is extraordinary and is followed by an equally strong version of Elton John's "Coming Down in Time." Randy Newman's "Real Emotional Girl" is also wonderfully performed and leads into a touching version of Jonathan Larson's "Love Heals."I have grown to really like this unique album, but there are a couple of tracks that I prefer to skip over."
A fun, creative surprise
Renee | Orlando, FL | 01/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As in the words she sings: "This Broadway girl has got a lot of tunes to sing." In creating the persona of "Sherie Rene," Sherie Rene Scott (talented star of Debbie Does Dallas, Aida, The Last 5 Years, and Rent) has embraced this caricature of herself, which somewhat mirrors her own personal journey to stardom. Sherie Rene Scott's sweet and equally sultry voice is reason enough to purchase this unique collection of songs, tribute to composers she has worked with (hence, Men She's Had...)The album begins with the sexy, jazzed up version of Pete Townshend's "Squeezebox." "Bargain" is a particularly energetic piece, and a treat to listen to as Scott belt her heart out (which slightly echoes of Aida's "My Strongest Suit"). "Honky Cat" is a wonderful, playful turn at storytelling, and its worth is later fully realized when you get to track number 7, "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters." This Elton John tune (one of the best on this album) is beautifully sung, and Adam Pascal (original Roger of Rent) lends his vocal talent to create perfect, simple harmony.I particularly enjoy the next three tracks: "Come Down in Time," "This Life," and "Real Emotional Girl." They are softer to listen to, and Scott subtlely shifts her voice which artistically supports the fictional persona of Sherie Rene, while still conveying the emotional truth of Sherie Rene Scott.
"Love Heals" by the late Jonathan Larson is an incredible track, and a hint of the genius that tragically left us too soon. "He Gives Us All His Love" is an beautiful, appropriate, and spiritual way to conclude the album, in contrast to the more sexual beginning of "Squeezebox". In order to truly appreciate the album, one has to hear it in its entirety, and trace Sherie Rene's personal journey throughout the music (the liner notes are entertaining to read and truly support the music, too).The more I listen to this album, the more I enjoy it!"
Soulful songs sung by a great voice
Laura J. | 07/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sherie Rene Scott's album is composed of songs by the men she's "had". In other words, the men's she's worked with. Songs from Kander & Ebb, Elton John and Pete Townshend make this a must for all fans plus, Sherie Rene's voice soars on this album much as she is currently doing on Broadway's AIDA. the song "Love Heals" by Jonathan Larson, the creator of RENT caps off this excellent album."