(Time out for flailing and general girl-crushyness on Rachel.)
Anyway, the guy in front of me in the line saw the magazine and asked if I knew who she was, and I replied, "I worship that woman," and we had this whole Rachel Bonding moment. Turns out he went to school with her, and said he was surprised by her recent fame, but thinks she will continue to be fresh and awesome and true to herself. I also mentioned the picture in the Out 100, and checked into see if he knew who John Barrowman was. He said he did, but may have been shining me on. Anyway, then the guy in back of me chimed in and asked when she was on and I gave him that info.
I feel like I need to spread the Rachel love as much as the Barrowmania, especially since they are now only one degree of separation due to the Out 100 spread.
How cool would it be if they had run into each other at the photo-shoot or something? Except I'm worried Rachel might not know who John was unless Kent Jones was there to tell her.
Speaking of Barrowmania-I love you John. I love your voice more than should be humanly possible. BUT...At least 1/3 of the Music, Music, Music on your new album is not doing you or your fans any favors. The Manilow and Billy Joel on Another Side were cute, but now it just feels like going back to a well just because it worked the first time. Uptown Girl is especially lame because it's already a pastiche of the Four Seasons to start out with and you're already doing a Four Seasons song as it is. I Made It Through The Rain, is one of those songs where you need to commit to the over-the-topness and I don't get that vibe here.
Angel is just an unspeakable piece of shit that is completely irredeemable by anybody.
Both Sides Now---Pretty, but I just don't feel like you're bringing anything new to it. Also not crazy about the orchestral arrangement. It just feels very still-life until the end and then it's just too much.
You'll Think of Me is also very similar to Please Remember Me, again, a contemporary country ballad with almost no country to it at all. Pretty but not really interesting.
I do LOVE the classic pop. The Dusty makes me deliriously happy, since I have a running gag about John doing Dusty Springfield in my John/David RPS fics, so I feel vindicated. And I wrote that LONG before the song list for this album was released. Can't Take My Eyes Off of You-Lot's of charm and fun and energy. I would kill to hear John sing this live.
Right Here Waiting, is comparable to If You Leave Me Now in the snooze department.
From A Distance? Really, John? The only version of that I can stand is Cliff Richard's live performance at Wembly with it's big bad drums. This song is bringing out every bad tendency you have and escalating it vividly.
So, the stuff we love you for...the show-tunes?
Obviously you can sing I Am What I Am in your sleep, which I think you might have been doing here. I've heard several live versions that were much better.
I reallyreallyreally love "I Know Him So Well." The duet works beautifully, and yeah, my gay-rights/slash-loving heart does squeeeee a little at two men singing it.
What About Us-I'd already heard this because of the video. I still like the BIG DRUMS and the sense that you're throwing yourself into something.
Of course it doesn't matter what I think because it will go gold and the fangirls will SQUEEEEEE themselves silly. But that doesn't mean it's what he's capable of. I am sad.