Oh how indifferent can one national institution be. The Oscars are the alzheimers of popular culture, the moment they are over you’ve forgotten them. Sometimes while you’re watching them. They are a senile, sloppy, boring piece of twaddle with over important celebrities overestimating how bedazzling their win is and decked up 1% showing solidarity with… well, each other.
The show is an interminable drag and so is the music. Of the four songs chosen, well… let’s grade em
Happy – Pharrell Williams – B+
The Moon Song – Karen O – B
Let It Go – Idina Menzel – C-
Ordinary Love – U2 – D+
And the performances kept to the ratings. Pharrell’s joyous all dancing all smiling, all aboard performance was the best and Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go”, tailor made for the Oscars, a big bland musical theatre pastiche that, not unlike self evident influence “Wicked”, is simply not good enough musically to matter. You can hear the construction creak as you listen to it. Karen O was joined by Ezra Koenig as the class of the 00s grow up and play with the big boys. Finally, I just don’t see the appeal of the terrible “Ordinary Love” whatsoever. U2 give it all they have but really there is nothing to be done to save this stuff.
Watching the Academy’s concept of pop 2014, you worry about the State of modern movie music. There is nothing award worthy about any of these songs, trussed up like lipstick on a pig, at some point you have to wonder why Idina is singing so loud. “Let It Go” is a dreadful song, it sure ain’t “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” now is it?
Can there be any doubt that the golden age of Broadway musicals is dead and what has killed them is the songs. There is nobody to compare with the greats, there is no “South Pacific”, no “Cabaret”… nothing at all. Just jukebox musicals and “Matilda”.
The movie musical hasn’t had a live action hit since “Chicago” and really, the 30s, 40s… those early Hollywood musicals? Makes product like “Frozen” disappear like dry ice. “Frozen” isn’t a terrible movie -though the songs are terrible, but how does it compare to, say, “Cinderella”. And how does anything compare to “The Gay Divorcee”.
The dream is everything improves with time, we evolve. But the musical hasn’t evolved at all. The steady decline in the Great American Songbook and the songs that populate has been exorable and downward and now… well,now we mistake holding a note for a note worth holding.
[HD] Pharrell Williams – Happy – OscaSettingsrs 2014by IdolxMuzic
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – April 1983 (Volume 14, Number 11)
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