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4.8 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

zachlarkin ,

A triumph

One of the most exciting, bold, original, and thought-provoking musicals I have ever seen. This soundtrack is beautiful, but if you want the full experience, head over to Ashland, Oregon, where you will be immersed in the creepy, haunting, hilarious, and sensitive world of the Unfortunates.

shepsubhan ,

The Unfortunates are HERE!!

With a gut-wrenching haymaker (seriously, those fists are really big!) of genre mashing music, 3blind Mice and Casey Hurt have created the future of musical storytelling. A Blues-hiphop-rock opera that reminds you simultaneously of The Who’s Tommy, Tom Wait’s Blood Money, and Wynton Marsalis’s A Fiddler’s Tale; with a splash of Wu-Tang. The Unfortunates shifts gears through early 1900’s blues and gospel inspiration to mid-century feel good soul, rockabilly and love ballads and then to modern spoken word hip-hop battles and all the way back again. The story deals with the big questions: Life, Love, Death, addiction and disease, Revenge! Despite all of those heavies the music remains joyful and earnest.

This is a great introduction if you are planning on seeing the stage production (OSF ’13 and globally after that…). For those that are familiar with the play, it is fun to hear the different musical arrangements and some material that isn’t on stage.
This is not a “cast album”, however, so a sense of character can be harder to follow than the play.

hairyhooligan67 ,

Essentially Flawless

I had the good fortune of seeing "The Unfortunates" at the Oregon Shakespeare festival a while ago. I was simply astounded by how fantastic it was. Aesthetics aside, one major thing that set this show apart from other musicals was the score. Ramiz Monsef, Ian Merrigan, Casey Hurt & Jon Beavers have seamlessly and masterfully blended the American genres of Jazz, Blues, Rock, Hip-Hop, and Soul, and what they have made is accessible to anyone and everyone. Chances are, if you like MUSIC… you will fall in love with this album. Not a cast recording, these clean studio versions of the songs are just as good. There is absolutely no alternative to seeing the full performance, but if you don't live in Oregon, these songs should still entertain you. Make no mistake, this show will blow up, and the earlier you discover its magic for yourself, the better.

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