My Daddy Is Scratchy
First Appeared in The Music Box, June 2005, Volume 12, #6
Written by John Metzger
Jamie Broza is a four-time Emmy-winning composer and arranger, so it isnít surprising that his forays into childrenís music are lushly orchestrated and impeccably produced affairs. Fusing together an eclectic range of material, his sophomore outing My Daddy Is Scratchy dabbles in pop, hip hop, jazz, Celtic folk, blues, and rock with all the theatricality of a Broadway show, and many of its tracks are introduced via Brozaís own anecdotal interviews with children. Punctuated by horns and shaded by strings, his songs are delivered in sing-speak style by both kids and adults, and as an array of sound effects surround the voices, the tunes are inflated to life-size, Disney-esque proportions. Still, for all the aurally pleasing, aesthetic detail, thereís little contained on My Daddy Is Scratchy into which anyone, young or old, can sink his teeth. Itís cute, itís charming, and itís tremendously well-packaged. At its core, however, the album also is inordinately bland. Part of the problem is Brozaís voice, which isnít strong enough to compete with such fanciful atmospherics, and although he attempts to strike a pose similar to Loudon Wainwright on many of the selections, more often than not, it just doesnít work. Ĺ
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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