Monday, 07 January 2013 11:00

Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack

A brilliant emotional soundtrack that should come with a “tissue advisory”

Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Text: Sherman Yang

Bring out the tissue because someone’s going to make you tear. Anne Hathaway’s rendition of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ is filled with sadness and you could almost hear the tears welling up. While definitely not as vocally powerful as the Broadway stars like Lea Salonga or Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle, Hathaway will blow you away with her raw vocals.

No stranger to stage productions, Tony Award-winning Hugh Jackman serenades us with his voice. Hanging up his adamantium claws, Jackman performs ‘Suddenly’ and ‘Bring Him Home’ with charming and suave vocals that makes you wish you could actually bring him home.

Having starred as Éponine on Broadway from 2010 to 2011 and the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables at the O2 Arena, it is no wonder Samantha Barks can carry off such an emotional song perfectly. The voice control and enunciation is spot on drawing you deep into her performance.

Did you know that Helena Bonham Carter sings? Take a listen to ‘Master Of The House’ and prepare to be shocked as you listen to not only Helena but Sacha Baron Cohen as well. The two unlikely singers manage to put a little craziness into the song.

Poster girl Isabelle Allen (she is literally the girl you see on the posters) sings ‘Castle On The Cloud’ with such sweet innocence. The short minute long track is soothing and comforting and is a song sweet dreams are made of.

‘One Day More’ has beautiful harmonies as well as brilliant and uplifting choral segments. Showcasing the many talented voices in the cast, they prove that they can not only act but sing as well.

Recommended tracks: ‘I Dreamed A Dream’, ‘On My Own’, ‘Bring Him Home’, ‘Castle On The Cloud’, ‘One Day More’

Rating: 4.5/5

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