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Album of the Summer,
This review is from: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Audio CD)
Ya know those (rare) albums that you compulsively listen to ALL the time--in the shower, during the drive to work, during lunch break, while reading before bed--and wake up having the songs immediately in your head? "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is one of those gems. The explosive tracks "Tear Me Down," "Angry Inch" and "Exquisite Corpse" speak to my punk sensibilities. The beautiful lyrics of the "Origin of Love" and "Wicked Little Town" fill my romance quota for the day, virtually guilt-free. (Listen to the Tommy Gnosis version of "Wicked Little Town" right after "Origin of Love," it makes more sense.) The fun and feel-good tune "Wig in a Box" and the two-steppin' "Sugar Daddy" get me singing and usually smiling. My favorite track is by far "Midnight Radio." With homage to "strange rockers" like Patti, Nico, and Hedwig herself, this song is a true rock anthem. John Cameron Mitchell's (Hedwig) passion ignites the song and sends it home, and Miriam Shor's back-up vocals give me shivers. While I enjoy the songs Stephen Trask sings (lyricist/songwriter of "Hedwig" and voice of Tommy Gnosis in the movie) I find myself forwarding his tracks to get to Mitchell's more powerful vocals. The songs "Nailed" and "Freaks" are the exceptions--the lyrics of both these songs are excellent. This is the album to buy. The story of Hedwig is original, funny, and painfully realistic about a human finding herself and becoming whole and true, at all costs. See the movie, get the album. I'm (unfortunately) a newcomer to the "Hedwig" scene, but I'm in love. I'm going to buy the original cast recording of the play (the lyrics are included in this version, which are disappointingly absent in the movie soundtrack), and be a die-hard Hedwig fan for life.