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Smash: First Two Episodes

ZOË RICE: I came to Smash with mixed expectations. On the one hand, I’m a sucker for a musical number, and before Glee became unbearable I was an early fan. A new TV show with the promise of awesome – dare we hope Fame-like? – musical numbers meant at least a tingle of excitement. On the other hand…theater people. Don’t get me wrong; to use the cliche, some of my best friends are theater people. But man, some of them can be pretentious. And inauthentic. And so “on” all the time. Would the Smash characters be just like that?

JESSICA BADER: I’ve been excited about Smash ever since that day last year when I decided to sit down and watch the trailer videos for all of the new network TV shows. A show about the making of a Broadway musical? With original songs from Marc Shaiman? What’s not to like (other than the whole not-premiering-until-February-sweeps thing)? Yet, I can’t help but feel like both the show and what’s expected of it are a bit too much. Continue reading

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The New Tom Jones Album

AKIE BERMISS: Without a doubt, the very last place I expected to hear good new music was from someone like Tom Jones. When Dave told me it was a record I had to hear I was at first under the impression that he was joking. I mean we’re talking about Tom Jones here. You’ve got to be kidding me, right? The sex-bomb, the not-unusual, the tired cliche of a cliche of a cliche — Tom friggin’ Jones?! First of all, isn’t he like a billion years old? And secondly, what the hell is he doing making a record?

What the hell is that recording doing being so damned awesome?!

DAVE TOMAR: Until only recently, my appreciation for Tom Jones has been strictly ironic. He’s hilarious. The bulge in his leather pants. The silk shirt unbuttoned to his navel. The style of ultra-swank that he seems to have virtually invented. The Welsh choogler is almost a caricature of rock and roll, reveling for decades in its excess and frequently dispensing of its substance in favor of its sexuality. He is all the raunchiness and comedic value of a mid-coital facial expression. Continue reading

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