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A Great Big World - Is There Anybody Out There?
#1
enters the Billboard chart this week at #3

allmusic gives it a 2.1 of 3.0
Spotify online listen
interesting that their break came from a Glee cover
Ben Folds, Five For Fighting, Death Cab For Cutie is what I got out of it
they don't even mention the current hit in that album review, shame on them
beautiful song Say Something, both versions on here
I still prefer the last one with Christina (the video tears me up, in the right mood)
gave me some new respect for her
love the 1 track and like about half of this
on reserve for the wish list

Bio - from allmusic

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Melodic singer/songwriter duo A Great Big World feature the talents of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino. Formed while Axel and Vaccarino were music
business students at New York University, the duo toured in 2011, playing their own songs as well as covers by such artists as Ingrid Michaelson
and Five for Fighting. In 2012, they officially adopted the name A Great Big World and released a Kickstarter-funded self-titled EP. In 2013,
the duo's profile was raised significantly after their song "This Is the New" was covered on the Fox TV show Glee and licensed for use on
various other TV shows. That same year, A Great Big World signed to Epic and released the three-song EP This Is the New Year, which featured the
single "Say Something," a duet with Christina Aguilera. Their full-length debut, Is There Anybody Out There?, followed in early 2014.

Album Review - from allmusic

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New York pop duo A Great Big World enter the big leagues with their debut LP Is There Anybody Out There? After several years of kicking around
the Big Apple's singer/songwriter scene, Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino entered the public's consciousness in 2013 when their spirited piano anthem
"This Is the New Year" was covered on an episode of Fox's zeitgeist generator Glee. The song first appeared on Axel's 2011 solo record and then
reappeared post-Glee under the duo's newly adopted moniker. With their earnest, melodic piano-pop and youthful spirit, comparisons to early Ben
Folds Five are inevitable, but where Folds tempered his wistfulness with a wry and often mischievous sense of humor, Axel and Vaccarino
generally reach for the stars, fueled largely by hope and positivity. The thirteen song album they've built around their breakout single is
truly a loaded gun of pop music and it hits the mark more often than not. Brimming with echoes of past piano masters like Billy Joel and Andy
Pratt, they're not breaking the mold, but they've certainly read the book. From the E.L.O. punch of "Land of Opportunity" to the Buggles-
punctuated "I Really Want It," they tackle some classic pop territory with a wide-eyed sincerity that is ultimately appealing if occasionally
trite. A Great Big World fare best when they're singing full-hearted rockers to the back of the room, covering familiar subjects of breaking out
and breaking through like on the album version of "This Is the New Year." Dan Romer's production is concise and full of punch recalling his work
with bands like Jukebox the Ghost and Ingrid Michaelson. There are certainly moments on Is There Anybody Out There? that don't quite work or
would benefit from some subtlety. The well-intentioned, but poorly executed "Everyone is Gay" really misses badly and several of the ballads
can't seem to recover from their lack of personality. Still, if you're willing to drink their kool-aid, A Great Big World will deliver you to a
pretty happy and hopeful place on this debut.

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Track Listing

1. Rockstar
2. Land of Opportunity
3. Already Home
4. I Really Want It
5. Say Something
6. You'll Be Okay
7. Everyone Is Gay
8. There Is an Answer
9. I Don't Wanna Love Somebody Else
10. This Is the New Year
11. Shorty Don't Wait
12. Cheer Up!
13. Say Something ft. Christina Aguilera

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Amazing performance!!!!
 The ultimate connection is between a performer and its' audience!
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