SWEENEY TODD Movie Soundtrack released–"Sondheim's score has never seemed more alive," says ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

The motion picture soundtrack from Tim Burton’s film of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical SWEENEY TODD becomes available today, Tuesday December 18th. Nonesuch is releasing two versions of the soundtrack. The simpler version is called “Soundtrack Highlights” and retails for $14.99 on Amazon.com; far more enticing is the “Deluxe–Complete Edition,” which retails for $19.99 on Amazon and includes the all the music from the film, plus an 80-page booklet containing all the lyrics and some lovely photographs from SWEENEY TODD. The booklet is very helpful for anyone who finds that Sondheim’s lyrics move too rapidly to take in all their beauty at first hearing.

Reviewing the soundtrack for ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, Melissa Rose Bernardo says, “He can anchor a $2.7 billion franchise, but can Johnny Depp belt out a Broadway ballad in Tim Burton’s new film? Just listen to the haunting “My Friends,” in which the actor’s murderous Demon Barber of Fleet Street serenades his razors. Partner in crime Helena Bonham Carter unveils an unimpressive soprano, though Alan Rickman’s creepy judge is shiveringly seductive. And thanks to the lush orchestrations, Stephen Sondheim’s score–all jagged harmonies and beautiful dissonance–has never seemed more alive.”

The Zone thanks emma for the soundtrack review; you can find threads about the SWEENEY TODD soundtrack on the News & Views forum and on the Pit. To buy your own (in case Santa Claus missed your request), visit Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/2nlpuo –Part-Time Poet

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