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  • Feature: Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Wed, 09 Jan 2013 17:00:27

    Feature: Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    There are a few reasons why Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack is the #1 album in the country right now.

    However, there's one that shines brightest. First and foremost, the collection itself stands out as a vivid representation of this classic story and phenomenal film adaptation. Listening to it from start to finish is akin to sitting through a Broadway production or Tom Hooper's current big screen adaptation. The narrative flows throughout seamlessly. If anything, the soundtrack is the best introduction for those curious about the story.

    Secondly, the live performances from the A-list cast stand out as purely top notch. Hugh Jackman carries "Look Down" with robust energy that reflects the story's darkness, while he imbues raw vulnerability into "Suddenly" and "Valjean's Soliloquy". Jackman's voice resounds staggeringly when it needs to, but he's equally emotive as well, towing the line just like Jean Valjean does. Meanwhile, Anne Hathaway's "I Dreamed a Dream" is worthy of an Oscar itself for how poignant it is. Each word floats from her and right to the heavens with palpable heart. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter bring fun flavor and wild intensity to "Master of the House". Isabelle Allen builds a haunting yet gorgeous "Castle in a Cloud", and Russell Crowe's interpretation of "Javert's Suicide" couldn't be more powerful.

    The third reason is that music and film audiences truly have been yearning for an experience like this. In a singles- and YouTube-obsessed day and age, this epic ride is more necessary than ever. Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack remains a landmark in its own right and one of the best soundtracks of the decade.

    Are those enough reasons for you to go out and buy it now?

    Rick Florino
    01.09.13


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