Smash star Megan Hilty has released another song from her upcoming debut album, It Happens All the Time. The song, titled “Be A Man,” is available to listen to on BroadwayWorld.com.
The song is, according to Hilty’s Twitter, her “favorite song off the album.”
“Be A Man” is a ballad in which Hilty tells her lover to leave if he’s no longer in love with her. A single guitar, a piano, and a cello accompany her voice.
This song, unlike Hilty’s first single, “No Cure,” sounds more like the musical theatre songs her fans are used to hearing her sing. There is quite a bit of belting in the chorus during the almost-shouting lyrics “Just be a man about it/Don’t try to dance around it.”
It is easy to hear the angry emotion fueling the song especially in the chorus.
“There has to be a point to what I’m singing, instead of it just being a pretty sound,” Hilty told BroadwayWorld.com about integrating her theatrical background into her music. This is brilliantly displayed in “Be A Man,” a breakup song that will be released only a year after Hilty’s breakup with longtime boyfriend Steve Kazee, current star of Broadway’s Once.
“Be A Man,” while still easy listening like “No Cure,” perfectly shows off Hilty’s range. The belted high notes sound as wonderful as the near-growling low notes.
As usual, upon listening to the song, I was blown away by Hilty’s vocals. There is completely raw anger and sadness in the song, something that I wasn’t expecting from the generally happy singer.
Produced by Grammy-winners Andy Zulla and Jimmy Hogarth, It Happens All the Time drops on March 12. It will feature original songs like “Be A Man” and “No Cure” as well as covers from pop performers including Switchfoot and Sara Bareilles.