As crazy as it sounds, I love to try new music. I love browsing shelves of CDs until I find some cover art that really appeals to me. And if that CD isn't found in the "Country" section, I take that CD home with me.
Recently, I've been shopping online. Sometimes it's hard to pick up new music when you realize how freaking expensive it is. I reserve my iTMS for those days when AJ or the Hens tell me that there's something I need to hear. Usually, I'll go to AllofMP3 and download everything in sight.
Sometimes what I end up with is the worst thing my ears have ever had the displeasure of hearing. Sometimes I end up liking something I didn't think I was going to like. And sometimes I don't have an opinion one way or the other, sometimes what I end up with leaves me speechless.
When I saw G4 on AllofMP3's most downloaded list, I'll have to admit, I was intrigued. When I couldn't find them on Amazon.com, I knew it was a UK thing.
Popera was something that I've been famous for ever since I belted out a glass-shattering soprano rendition of the best of *NSYNC while driving down I-696 a few years back. While I like to sing opera to pop songs for fun, I never dreamed that someone would seriously try to make money off of it.
But I'm glad that someone did.
G4 covers some standard arias ("Nessun Dorma", "Flower Duet"), but breathe new life into old pop/rock favorites like REM's "Everybody Hurts," Radiohead's "Creep," and (my personal favorite) David Bowie's "Life on Mars." They cover musicals ("You'll Never Walk Alone" from 1956's Carousel), they cover Frank Sinatra ("My Way"), they cover Elton John ("Circle of Life"). They do what they feel and I'm glad they do.
Their first single, "Bohemian Rhapsody," is so seamless that when you listen to it, you realize that this isn't your first venture into popera, as Queen paved the way with this rock and roll standard all those years ago.
It's so great that there can be fun music out there on the market. While this album isn't shattering anyone's earth, for those of us who grew up on musicals and Michael Crawford (thanks, mom!) and the ones who are attracted to the vocal stylings of Charlotte Church and Josh Groban, the first album from G4 is a must-have. For those of us who are familiar with the songs on the album, it's a double extra bonus, because we get to sing along, make fools of ourselves, and we don't have to care, because we're not the ones who recorded ourselves singing like that.