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This review is from: Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack (MP3 Music)
Still have tears in my eyes after replaying the Epilogue for the second time (yes, I was a dork and did the Mis March step...). It is RAW, especially Jackman throughout and Hathaway is so heavenly in the final scene (no, it blesses your soul, like God is saying, "You are worthy").
Jackman's voice is very, very, very unique. It will be hard for the Wilkinson and other Jean Valjean fans to accept his quality, I think. BUT, again I will use the word, RAW! It has an emotion that is real time REAL. It is an adjustment from the recordings we've been listening to for years. But give it its due. And then wait the three days to see the VISUALS!!!!!
Crowe, Baron Cohen, Banks, Seyfried,Bonham Carter are not the Broadway cast. Still they take this musical to the street level, as in, if I were to start singing about my life to Sonoko, the nice lady two houses down. In spite of my usual dislike of Bonham Carter, she spins a new turn, as does Cohen, which is refreshing after 25+ yrs. and let's be honest, a hard thing to do.
Sorry, but I don't think Suddenly adds anything. Personally, I think it was included as a song tailored to Jackman's vocal quality and perhaps to really dispurse any question that he took in Cosette for an honorable reason and he benifits from that generous gesture. Not a great song. Will give Jackman credit for making it sound like the way my son looks when he holds his three month old first child, first daugher. It has a quality of amazement, which is appropriate.
Hummmmmmmmmmmmm, Crowe's Stars is sooo very, very different from other interpretations I've heard, live or recorded. It is more lyrical, small, than any other version. I listened to it struggling to see if it fit the song. Still out on, that waiting on the visuals, but I love that this film seems to take a VERY VERY established piece and breath some new life into it.
The cafe' scene and Red/Black as you would anticipate: young men,it's well done.
In My Life/Heart Full of Love???? Has never been my fav part... Seyfried is reedy, but I know when I just sing lines to people, I don't sound perfect. Banks is breath taking!! And final trio harmony of this song makes me close my eyes and breath deep like I'm smelling an amazing perfume.
On My Own is in my top three for this musical. It has a LONG association with men I've loved and not told. That being said, this is how I would intrepret this song. Best performance of it. And I love me some Miss Lea...
It's worth the money to buy this and I will surely invest in a full length recording (hint, please).
It's the music and lyrics we love, NOT staged in the perfection of a recording studio, but sung outside our front doors. And, no matter what, you know these lyrics, you know these songs, and they are as needed today as they were in '85 when it hit the world. I think there is some poignancy to the timing of the release. It is a time to hear the people sing and hear the distant drum... there has to be change. This IS the epic all the critics predict, it will be the diehard Les Mis fans that could kill it. This is the flash mob Les Mis. Takin' it to the streets which is where it is set.
Four stars because the recording is muddy and low. Had to have my volume cranked about twice the normal level I usually set it at, and it was still quiet and muddy. I am a snob about ending your phrases.
Addendum: Had not listened to "I Dreamed a Dream" totally because I don't really like the song. Finally listened to Miss Hathaway sing it.... no wonder she got the Golden Globe nob. Mindblowing... strains of Castle on a Cloud playing now... what strickes me about this recording is how it makes life a musical... it sounds like people are just extending their normal conversation. That is what a musical's lyric SHOULD do.
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Initial post: Dec 24, 2012 4:26:54 AM PST
Jerry P says:
Just so you know, obviously not.. When a remake of a musical hits the screen for the first time , it must include a " new" song to be considered for an Oscar and original everything when nominations go out . I found this out when Evita came to the screen and Madonna did" you must love me".
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2012 11:44:27 AM PST
Mrs Murphree2 says:
Posted on Dec 24, 2012 3:31:03 PM PST
N. C. Graham says:
FYI, the singer who plays Eponine is Samantha Barks, not Banks.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2012 9:32:02 PM PST
Mrs Murphree2 says:
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2012 10:21:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 24, 2012 10:30:15 PM PST
Not just that, but although Barks is "not the Broadway cast," she *did* play Eponine in London and in the 25th Anniversary show - probably why she sounds so great in the role.
Posted on Dec 29, 2012 7:31:52 PM PST
Diana D. Dart says:
Great review--honest, personal and heartfelt. Thanks for taking the time to post it. I'm a Les Miz newb, having never seen the production on stage nor heard the music before this highlights album. Your review helped me to connect with the Les Miz fanatics and helped me understand them a little bit more. Cheers!
Posted on Dec 30, 2012 6:59:16 PM PST
Don't know what you mean by saying Amanda Seyfreid is reedy? I thought she had the prettiest voice of them all and she was zoo natural as Cosette. She was born to play that part.
Posted on Jan 13, 2013 3:39:17 PM PST
J. Drayton says:
If you liked the way Ms. Hathaway sings "I Dreamed a Dream", wait until you see it in the movie. It's done as a single close up and it's just stunning - would melt the hardest heart, guaranteed.
Posted on Jan 18, 2013 12:05:50 PM PST
Jacqueline M. Gargiulo says:
Right on! I came on to check, where is "Lovely Ladies"???? I love the treatment of the sequence in the movie. It really adds to the impact of "I Dreamed a Dream". The movie... O... M... G... simply brilliant, so accessible, delicious really, and agreed, perfect timing... See it on the BIG SCREEN!! So worth it!! <3 <3 <3
Posted on Feb 6, 2013 7:25:08 PM PST
Rick Mileske says:
Samantha Barks played Eponine in the 25th Anniversary Show at the 02 in London.