It Happens All the Time
Artist: Megan Hilty
Distributed by: Sony Masterworks
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
A native of Washington, Megan Hilty began taking vocal lessons at the age of twelve and thought of a career in opera. Years later, she found fame as Glinda in Wicked on Broadway in 2005. Since then, she has performed in such notable Broadway shows as 9 to 5: The Musical and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She took roles in notable television series such as The Closer, Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, Eli Stone and more before landing the role that would make her a household name - Ivy Lynn in Smash.
Seeking to record an album that would give her fans something new and show them a different side of the performer they know, Megan Hilty has recorded It Happens All the Time, a ten track album released by Sony Masterworks in March 2012. Featuring songs that are much different from those she has performed in her various musical roles, It Happens All the Time features well known songs and some new originals.
When I first started listening to the album, I was happy to note that the songs selected were perfect for Hilty's range and vocal abilities. The title track is a sad song about the frustration and hope involved in finding love. The singer notes it happening all around her and wonders just when love will find her. This is followed by Be A Man, quite the polar opposite of the first track in that this is a breakup song with attitude. No Cure is a song with a bit of a country flavor in which the singer wonders if she can get over the illness caused by losing her love. Walk Away, a song written by Ne-Yo, Carrie Underwood and Luke Laird, is another song about breaking up, but with the opposite sentiment of No Cure. This is a song of empowerment...the singer just has to walk way from the pain, the lies, the bad relationship she has been enduring.
On most of the rest of the album, Megan Hilty performs covers of famous songs like Taylor Swift's Safe and Sound, Damien Rice's The Blower's Daughter and Aimee Mann's Wise Up. The last two tracks on the album are quite interesting covers. There's Don Henley's Heart of the Matter and Switchfoot's Dare You to Move, two songs that I really enjoy in their original format. Hilty would have to do a lot to get me to enjoy them by another performer. Well, Hilty's efforts to make these songs her own are met with mixed success. Her version of Heart of the Matter is much slower and more ballad like. I actually enjoyed it. However, slowing down Dare You to Move and making it less gritty does not work here.
All-in-all, I think Megan Hilty has a beautiful voice and I was more than happy to review It Happens All the Time, an enjoyable album with a decent selection of pop songs that show off the performer's range and vocal talents. It Happens All the Time will definitely make fans of Megan Hilty's work very happy.