Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
From pop-culture icon William Shatner comes Has Been, an album unlike anything you?ve ever heard before. Produced and arranged by Ben Folds and featuring numerous notable guest appearances, Has Been is the result of the co... more »
From pop-culture icon William Shatner comes Has Been, an album unlike anything you?ve ever heard before. Produced and arranged by Ben Folds and featuring numerous notable guest appearances, Has Been is the result of the collision of two great creative forces ? a surprisingly pop-driven, lyrically potent collection of songs to enlighten and entertain. Throughout Has Been, Shatner?s own insightful lyrics are masterfully woven into perfect pop melodies written and arranged by Ben Folds. Giving Shatner and Folds a hand on the project is an incredible lineup of singers and musicians, including Jon Auer, Adrian Belew, Matt Chamberlain, Joe Jackson, Lemon Jelly, Aimee Mann, Brad Paisley, Henry Rollins and Sebastian Steinberg. Highlights include the poignant "That?s Me Trying," penned by Ben Folds with High Fidelity author Nick Hornby, a brilliant version of the Pulp Britpop classic "Common People," featuring vocals by Joe Jackson and closing track, "Real," a duet with country star Brad Paisley, written exclusively for this project.
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Like nothing else he's done
J. Van Wagner | Newbury Park, CA USA | 04/12/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i've hated everything Shatner has ever done musically (if you can even call it that?) until this. my husband came home with the disc and i felt obligated to humor him by listening -- but Common People hooked me, and the rest is delightful with depth that amazed me. Ben Folds' (who produced and co-wrote) is likely due much/most of the credit (who'da thunk it?) and Shatner's teamed with a diverse collection of unlikely talent on this collaboration which deserves a listen. in fact, i keep listening. much of its merit comes from Shatner's ability to laugh at himself. i laugh along with him, but it's also oddly touching. it's black comedy in musical form. makes me feel better about getting old."