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Press about Timberbrit

The audience is reminded of Spears's music and lyrics; but the fast pacing of pop becomes dark and weighted. . .The stretching of both the music and the story prolongs Spears's destruction and amplifies her downfall, but seeing it happen in slow motion makes it all the more tragic.
- All Things Considered, NPR  (listen to the whole piece)

[With Timberbrit], our city can lay claim to a new cultural offering.
- Page 6 Magazine (NY Post)

The opera easily transcends its conceptual calculations and becomes an engrossing, intriguing human drama. Human vocals waft over a wave of slowed-down chords, accented by crashing drums and keyboard effects. It has the airy eeriness of a David Lynch film score, yet not as doom-laden…The grandeur and polish bear the patience and intelligence of a classical score, but the humanity and desperation are pure pop…Just as few fans of Verdi's Camille, Puccini's Madama Butterfly or Mozart's Marriage of Figaro have read the books and stories on which those operas are based, someday when people have forgotten about the real Britney Spears, they may still be enthralled by the tragic electronically fueled slo-mo musical meltdown of Timberbrit.
- Chris Arnott, The New Haven Advocate (read the whole article)

Listening to [Timberbrit's] Britney singing like a record on the wrong speed, you feel like either she must be on the drugs, or you are…There are moments of overwhelming force in the work. Like when Justin and Britney's voices are nearly drowned out by the guitarist's wall-of-sound chords and the apocalyptic drums. Or the duet when Justin's voice slides above Britney's in a piercing falsetto as they proclaim their love for each other.
- Tom MacMillan, Signals and Noise blog (read the whole review)

A PR person's wet dream…The lives of former Mouseketeers sure make for ripe melodrama.
- Randy Nordschow, NewMusicBox.org

Also see the interview with Cooper in the Toronto Star, the preview article by Adam Rathe in the Brooklyn Paper, Alex Ross's Timberbrit shout-out, and a wonderfully scathing review by a bicoastal blogger.

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All materials © 2009 Jacob Cooper.