Broadway Rock

Gavin Creel's stunning new album offers far more than just sweet, syrupy, show-tune-style songs

Gavin Creel is a two-time Tony-nominated actor (Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie), who’s currently gearing up to star in the national tour of The Book of Mormon.

But if you expect only sweet, syrupy, show-tune-style songs on Creel’s new album, you’re in for a rude awakening.

Gavin Creel

Gavin Creel

The stunning Get Out opens with a bristling guitar riff and Creel singing in a dry, menacing tone. ”If I gave you the sun, would you bathe in it baby?” Creel croons at the launch of ”Enough.” ”If I gave you the sun, would you burn all day long? I’m amazed and undone, by the way you say maybe. I gave you the sun so what the eff is wrong?”

Creel proceeds to offer the stars, the moon and the sea – but it’s not enough for his paramour.

So Creel says enough. ”Enough, enough, enough, enough – had enough of not getting your love,” he sings on this captivating electro-tipped gem, which displays Creel’s dazzling full vocal range and power, not to mention his impressive pop aptitude. In an alternate universe, ”Enough” would be a No. 1 pop hit, with constant radio replay. In this universe, it’s one of the best kick-off songs to an album I’ve heard in a long while – I just can’t get enough.

That rocker is immediately followed by the title track, which turns out to be a perfect follow-up. ”Leave me alone, you got what you wanted,” Creel shouts a cappella to start ”Get Out.” A guitar, keyboard, drum and a few special effects build to support Creel’s plea, but this melodious kiss-off is ultimately much sparer in sound than it could have been – and all the more effective because of it. ”What are you still doing here?” Creel asks in the song’s bridge. ”I thought I asked you to leave.” He then channels the best of Adam Lambert to cry, ”Why are you doing this to me?”

Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.

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