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Essential Listening: Poe musical recording creates a haunting sound

Photo via Broadway Licensing Global
Photo via Broadway Licensing Global

Tired of your Spotify playlists? The Purbalite is here to help with our Essential Listening series.

The Off-Broadway cast recording of the musical Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe presents an experience that reflects Poe’s haunting writing.

It covers Poe’s life and death, and it has many references to his works. One song sets his most famous poem, “The Raven,” to music, with the cast singing his words. It encapsulates the eerie feeling of the poem

This musical is one of a kind because of the unique quality of Poe’s works. Like the musical Hamilton, it is a fictionalization of true events, but the music is completely different. The songs can go from soft and quiet to upbeat and loud, with beautiful instrumentals.

Most musicals require people to watch the show because the album doesn’t do it justice. However, Nevermore defies that by having narration and countless songs that include talking.

There is background music during some of the spoken word sections, though some scenes have no background music. In the scenes without background music, the spoken words are echoed to enhance the haunting feel of the album.

The musical is not for everyone, though. Because its genre is haunting horror, there are some loud screeches. The album can go from loud noise to quiet instrumentals. Also, some of the voices are purposefully scratchy and growly.

Still, Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe is a hauntingly beautiful musical that fans of Poe’s works can enjoy.

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Senior Raven Spano is a second-year Staff Writer. They can be found writing stories, playing video games, or serving as copy editor of the Yearbook.
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