Live and unplugged: Scott Alan & Pentatonix

I hope you’ll enjoy this beautiful a cappella track as much as I do:

I really, really like Scott Alan’s music. I believe I may have mentioned this once or twice. There’s something about his complete lack of reserve that makes his songs pack the sort of emotional punch that many British musical theatre composers struggle with.

That same intensity means a whole evening of his songs in concert form can be overpowering. It takes a deft hand to programme his songs in such a way that the introspective, even mournful, qualities of his most searing numbers are counterbalanced by the joy – and occasional frippery – that he also does well.

To see (or rather, hear) how it’s done, you can really look no further than Scott Alan Live, a double CD of Alan’s songs, recorded at New York’s Birdland club.

Featuring a wealth of Broadway and West End names, it showcases his music perfectly, and sounds gorgeous. I hadn’t heard Pentatonix, the group in the video above who sing the same track, Love, Love, Love on the album, before – but names I had heard of include Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman (from the West End and Broadway cast of Ghost the Musical), Kerry Ellis, Ramin Karimloo, Hadley Fraser, Stephanie J. Block and Lea Salonga.

It’s such a beautiful collection of songs, and the album has rarely been off my iPhone since I bought it. In a typically honest blog post, though, Scott says that it hasn’t been selling as well as expected. Which is a shame. (Read his follow-up post as well.)

Use the widget below to preview tracks from the album. You can click through to buy individual tracks, or even better the whole album, from the Amazon UK MP3 Store – or you can buy from iTunes. Either way, I hope you enjoy it.

Oh, and Pentatonix have their own EP out, too, also available to buy on iTunes.

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Scott Matthewman

Formerly Online Editor and Digital Project Manager for The Stage, creator of the award-winning The Gay Vote politics blog, now a full-time software developer specialising in Ruby, Objective-C and Swift, as well as a part-time critic for Musical Theatre Review, The Reviews Hub and others.

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