Monday, August 3, 2009

William Shatner - Exodus: An Oratorio

4/10

This release has "tax write-off" written all over it. Exodus: An Oratorio was released by the Jewish Music Group, whose logo- I shit you not- is just the BMG logo with an oversized "J" slapped onto it. Unsurprisingly, this is a classical piece about the Old Testament book of Exodus, which Shatner narrates. He's backed by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (which consists of a violinist and two guys who used to be in Lynyrd Skynyrd). This was recorded live in 2005, and the fact that this was done in one take hurts Shatner's performance, as there are parts where he sounds like an old man (Has Been was recorded the previous year and he sounds fine there)
The music is okay soundtrack stuff, I guess, although I especially enjoyed the parts with the xylophone and the plague with the frogs. The singing parts are just cheesy in a bad way; "serious" operatic vocals just shouldn't be done in English or Hebrew. Like Captain of the Starship, this is an oddity that only the die-hards should seek out (although this one doesn't wear out its welcome as much as that release).

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