Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – The Essentials
It is perhaps fitting that the Postmodern Jukebox’s social media breakthrough came with a ragtime-style cover of Thrift Shop – the song’s claim that: “I wear your grandad’s clothes, I look incredible,” fits well with PMJ’s ethos. Founder member Robyn Adele Anderson kicks off the album with Miley Cyrus’ We Can’t Stop, while other vocalists are drawn from musical theatre, American Idol, and even outside of music as Puddles the Clown takes on Lorde’s Royals. Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass is a relative dud but Maiya Sykes’ I Believe In A Thing Called Love by the Darkness is a highlight. Mykal Kilgore’s ludicrous version of Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On is even better, but PMJ’s style may be better suited to small doses than an 18-song album.