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No One Ever Tells You is Seth MacFarlane's third studio album that was released on September 30, 2015 by Republic Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. No One Ever Tells You 4:02
  2. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry 4:16
  3. A Ship Without A Sail 4:18
  4. The One I Love Belongs To Someone Else 3:25
  5. It's All Right With Me 5:28
  6. This Nearly Was Mine 3:27
  7. Make This A Slow Goodbye 3:26
  8. Don't Call It Love 3:32
  9. I'll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her 3:14
  10. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) 3:24
  11. Before I Gaze At You Again 4:09
  12. Only The Lonely 4:50
  13. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan 3:40
  14. I Wish I Didn't Love You So 3:41
  15. Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye 3:50
  16. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year 3:03
  17. Loss Of Love 3:28

Album BackgroundEdit

"No One Ever Tells You" was recorded during the summer of 2015 in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London, England.

The album was recorded during MacFarlane's promotional tour of the film, "Ted 2."

On what attracted him about making this kind of album, MacFarlane stated: "There was a time during the mid-1950s and early 1960s when popular song was stretching its creative boundaries, and experimenting with more ambitious structures and tones. During this period, a song set out to really tell a story: not just with the lyric and the vocal, but with the arrangements and orchestral interpretations. The songs on this record attempt to do just that."

Joel McNeely said about the music of the album: "The instrumentation on this record is unusual. It is a very small string section, only a few brass and woodwinds. But we chose the musicians very carefully. These players have an understanding of the long lost style of playing from that era and their understanding of the required extra vibrato, copious dramatic slides and bends brings a stylistic realism to the orchestra almost impossible to achieve these days."

MacFarlane has initially described the album as being in the style of Frank Sinatra's album, "In the Wee Small Hours." The album's cover art clearly reflects this.

Chart PerformanceEdit

"No One Ever Tells You" debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"No One Ever Tells You" has received mostly positive acclaim from music critics.

At Music Times, they commented that MacFarlane "certainly embodied the style and swagger of Sinatra."

Daily News' Kirthana Ramisetti praised the album, commenting that "MacFarlane channeled his Sinatra for this album." JazzTimes Christopher Loudon praised the album by saying: "Backed by a wall of brass and a sea of strings, MacFarlane again succeeds admirably—as does McNeely, whose charts estimably echo Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins. While he lacks Sinatra’s raw emotional wallop and more closely mirrors the mellow warmth of Dean Martin, he is no poseur. There’s plenty here from the Sinatra canon."

A Plus said the following about the album: "While Music was largely upbeat, the melodies in No One are slow and sad in the best possible way. It's the kind of album where the orchestra wraps you up and indulges your sorrow while the nuances in his voice break your heart completely."

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