Steven Universe is one of the best TV shows of the current decade and its soundtrack finally got a release last week. The show’s music is enjoyable in its own right because it’s well written and well produced.
The track that stood out to me on repeat listens is ‘What’s the Use of Feeling (Blue)?’ On first listen (during the episode) I wasn’t sure what to make of it because it’s so… alien. The refrain clashes with the melody, the backing vocals clash with the lead, the lyrics clash with the music. It’s all a bit off. But then, it is sung by someone from another planet and the alien-ness really works.
The glue that holds it together is Patti LuPone on lead vocals. The Broadway legend performs some brilliant vocal gymnastics and lends a sliver of emotion and pathos to a song about not wanting to feel.
Track: What’s the Use of Feeling (Blue?)
Artist: Steven Universe Cast, Patti LuPone, DeeDee Mango Hall
From: Steven Universe (Soundtrack: Vol. 1) [Cartoon Network]