This new album is the latest stage in the musical’s ongoing developing journey.
Marking four years since its London premiere, this new musical following the fortunes of four artists experiencing joy, heartbreak and sacrifices on their career journey is now back in the form of an album.
Featuring a new score, band and orchestral arrangements as well as additional songs, the album certainly captures the complex emotions that those working in the arts and entertainment industry can relate to through the soulful and heartfelt songs on display here.
Composed by Dominic Powell, from start to finish the record consistently provides heartfelt emotion in an elegant and grounded way. In listening to songs such as ‘Waterfalls’ and ‘Airs and Graces’ you also get a real sense of the characters and what they are going through – even if in places it feels as though you need to see it staged to really get the context of what is happening.
Filled with rich harmonies that are in evidence on songs including opening number ‘Cases’ and ‘Focus’ there is a real richness in the sound that has been produced by the musicians as well as the vocalists. In these two songs, the music really soars to impressive effect.
All of the songs are performed with great depth and understanding from an impressive cast comprised of Maiya Quansah-Breed , Bobbie Little, Andrew Patrick-Walker and Waylon Jacobs. It is really fascinating to hear their interpretations of these songs – in particular, ‘Possession’ performed by Little is particularly warm and enjoyable to listen to with its crystal clear meaning shining through.
Elsewhere, Jacobs offers wonderful control during ‘You’ – enhancing the complexity of the emotions that are on display at this point in the story. It is a really grounded and thoughtful rendition. Quansah-Breed meanwhile delivers a soaring and heartfelt rendition of ‘Heightened’ that is a real standout track as is Andrew Patrick-Walker’s performance of ‘Let Your Garden Grow’.
With each song blending from one to the next with ease, it would be lovely to hear the story emerging a bit more lyrically – but there is no denying this is a well thought out concept for a musical that is relatable to many.
It is overall an enjoyable and easy going album to listen to. Filled with heart and soul, it once again highlights the importance of bringing new musicals to the forefront of British theatre.
By Emma Clarendon
Cases A New Musical is available to purchase and listen to through all online music stores.