I just listened to the whole album through and it’s...okay to good. I was definitely mixed on some of the song choices, but it’s overall a pleasant musical diversion. The encore is certainly an odd mish-mash.Undoubtedly, Karen Olivo walks away with it all with her songs as Satine. “Sparkling Diamonds” wasn’t just a fluke. Her “Firework”, “Come What May”, and “Elephant Love Medley” sections were also beautiful. Tveit, meanwhile, comes off bland at times and it’s hard to hear the chemistry between him and Olivo, especially on the ELM.Anyone else have thoughts? Share here.
I think the entire album is absolutely smashing. It sounds incredible.
It's recorded well and is a pretty good sounding album. I caught the show earlier in the month, and didn't care for most of it, and that's still the case listening to it. Karen and Tveit do nothing for me live or on the album, and Tveit in particular seems to be even more vocally bland here than he was live.Shame. It's my favorite movie, and I was hoping at least listening to the album, it might capture that feeling more, but the song choices still just leave me baffled and feeling like the director/writers decided to go for recognizable "OH I know that song" moments rather than songs that help tell the story. I had to skip Firework after the first thirty seconds, and I still laugh when Crazy Rolling starts, because it's so out of place. I will give the recording this - at least Come What May isn't a total riff/belt-off like they were doing when I saw it. That's not to say it's good, but it's marginally better than what they're doing at the Hirschfeld.And Danny Burstein is of course, the highlight performance of the album.
Recorded gorgeously with the orchestrations getting a true chance to shine over all the obnoxious cheering/singing along that happens live. Backstage Romance and Come What May are standouts. Burstein is still a marvel despite just hearing his voice, Tveit sounds clean and youthful, and Olivo and Ngaujah come out on top as MVP's for their gorgeous solos. I loved every moment of the show and the album wants me to go back and do that whole thing over again. Loved the movie, loved the show, and loved this album. I'm a shameless Bohemian through and through. The echo effects and guitar feedback also give it a nice grit and edge.
CATSNYrevival- The “Elephant Love Medley” is a huge disappointment for me. I like the film version better. OMG, I agree. The new songs and orchestrations don't flow well AT ALL. The original was perfection and this is just like someone bumped the karaoke machine causing random songs to start playing.
I thought the album was a tad overproduced? Tried to go a little bit of everything and comes out a bit too much for my liking. I enjoyed the vocals better live, Tveit in particular sounds better live than in this recording. I'm still not a fan of Firework on the show but Olivo knocks that out of the park so I can't hate it as much.But I agree, this is good music to listen to while at the gym.
Another thread to bash MR. Fun.
I had no intentions of seeing the show, but thought I would give the music a listen on my way to work. I was blown away. Now I need to see it.
Does the show open the same way the album does or is there some kind of opening or prologue they didn't record? The opening of the album seems kind of low energy to me. I assumed the opening would be more exciting for this production.
Colin852 said: "Another thread to bash MR. Fun."I’ve yet to see a post that bashes the show as a whole. This is to comment on the cast album only, and thus far, everyone seems to be posting their thoughts and critiques politely.Chill yourself
Ok - now I just finished listening to it and I feel that I just need to listen to it a few more times because right now I can't get the movie out of my head to really enjoy it (curse of loving something that is adapted). I like a lot of it but there are also things that I am not a fan of. But, this is something I believe I will come to love ESPECIALLY if I see it.
The show for me in itself is probably the most fun i have had at the theater in a long time. I love modern musicals that can be a tad depressing....Next to Normal, Dear Evan, Spring Awakening...but in my opinion, i love a show that just has you smiling from ear to ear when you leave. Moulin Rouge is just that to me. However, after listening to the cast album all morning something is missing. I very much still love it and will continue to hum the melodies for a while but i can't tell what isn't hitting the home run for me. maybe like some people said there isn't enough power to some of the songs. I agree that Aaron's Roxanne is missing his normal force that is portrayed in the show. (maybe it's the idea to get people to see it live which is understandable). Still though a lot of fun to listen to!
For all of you taking a deep dive into the cast recording, the below links to an Interesting NEW YORKER article on Baz Luhrmann's involvement as the recording's producer, especially in describing his coaxing performances from Tveit and Olivo in their joint numbers. So implicit, tt seems, is his desire to greatly improve upon the performances he inherited from Timbers. A bit of a subtle burn, I thought. After the recording, I wonder if Tveit and Olivo then went back to the show with different, discernible approaches informed and/or enlightened by Luhrmann's direction. I saw it in Boston, so I can't compare the recording to how the songs were finally realized on stage in New York.https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/09/02/baz-luhrmanns-moulin-rouge-mega-mashup
I've seen Aaron Tveit many times on Broadway (''Next to Normal,'' ''Catch Me If You Can'' ), and in concert. He always sings with such passion and power. To me, he sounds spectacular onstage at ''Moulin Rouge!'' and on CD, as well. It blows me away that Aaron and Karen can sing this score 8 times a week. The cast album captures the excitement of their soaring vocals, and only makes me eager to see it again.
I'm just listening to it now and I think it's a recording I will come to like very much.But my first reaction is that all the medleys are very distancing (and not in the good, Brechtian way): I'm too busy thinking, "What's that song? Where do I know it from? Are those the original lyrics or new ones?" to maintain any emotional evolvement in the show.As a recording, however, very much worth the $11.99.
I'm not a big fan of the film, but I still think this recording, with it's medleys and cacophony of song segments, distracts more than it adds to the original. There's so much going on and I feel frequently pulled out of the story by all the 'oh-that-song" nostalgia for radio back in the day. Karen Olivo once again proves she's the real deal but Tveit, unfortunately, once again proves he's got the pipes but not the power to always convince. There's no edge to him as an actor and it reads as a bit bland. I do love his voice, though, and he comes across as extremely likeable.The shows a big hit and this parade of past pop tunes should entrance many, but it's just not for me. I do hope the show's success continues for all involved, though. Tveit, Olivo and Brustein have dedicated so much of their lives to musical theater and it's nice that they're getting to enjoy some of the icing on the cake.
gray_area said: "I thought the album was a tad overproduced? Tried to go a little bit of everything and comes out a bit too much for my liking. I enjoyed the vocals better live, Tveit in particular sounds better live than in this recording. I'm still not a fan of Firework on the show but Olivo knocks that out of the park so I can't hate it as much.But I agree, this is good music to listen to while at the gym."I agree that some of the songs sounded overproduced. Roxanne is the one that comes to mind - I could have done without all the echoing (not sure what the technical term is), I think it takes something away from the song. Saw the show on Broadway and can attest that this song sound so much better live. Aaron Tveit sounds so much better live. There are some bootleg versions of Roxanne on the internet and they are so much better than what’s on the cast album.havign said all that, I’m really enjoying the cast album.
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