Matthew Thibedeau

Blue Wonder

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Imagine a male Broadway or cabaret vocalist trying to penetrate the adult contemporary market. Imagine such a vocalist trying to be Air Supply, Chicago, or America. Well, that's exactly the sort of thing that New York singer Matthew Thibedeau tries to do on his four-song EP Blue Wonder -- he tries, but he doesn't pull it off. The problem isn't a lack of chops; Thibedeau has an impressive vocal range, and his ultra-theatrical, overblown style of singing would be perfect for a Broadway or off-Broadway production. But it doesn't work in this adult contemporary setting -- the parts simply don't fit. Thibedeau ends up sounding as awkward on his own "We All Need" as he does on ill-advised covers of Air Supply's "All Out of Love" and Bread's "If." Again, the problem with Blue Wonder isn't that Thibedeau lacks talent; the problem is that his style of singing isn't right for the sort of material that he favors on this EP. If he wants to remain in adult contemporary, he needs to seriously tone down the Broadway-isms -- and if he is determined to keeping singing this way, he should stick to cabaret and the theater.

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