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Perfect Combination of Genius

Sondheim's gorgeous yet complex score, tricky yet startlingly clever lyric, combined with Burton's gothic style works brilliantly in this dark musical about revenge. Johnny Depp is incredible - naturally... but he can really hold his own in this notoriously 'operatic' vocal. 'Epiphany' is just fantastic, as is 'My friends'. Helena Bonham Carter is wonderful as Todd's amorous landlady (a shining example being 'By the Sea' and 'A Little Priest'), and Edward Sanders plays the perfect Toby character (see 'Pirelli's Mircale Elixir' & 'Not While I'm Around'). I'm just counting the days before I can see this wonderful soundtrack accompanied by, what is likely to be, my favourite film of 2008!

A Turning Point in 21st Century Cinema.

Is it simply gloriously gory or a gory glory? The answer is undoubtedly the latter. Tim Burton has done it again, a dark and sinister movie, with songs, although one may think this one as an exception, considering the gorgeously noir experience is assembled predominantly on song. Johnny Depp, who, prior to this has not sung in a movie, not even the musical Corpse Bride, but in this, with a thick cockney accent he doesn't fail to entertain the audiences, looking, sounding and slicing the part. Helena Bonham Carter also offers superb vocals as Todd's sadistic pie-making landlord. The young Edward Sanders has a cute and chirpy typical cockney-sparrow voice, his best performance in the hilarious "Pirelli's Miracle Elixir", with the glorious Sacha Baron Cohen, who offers a deafening soprano note. However, the bold, beautiful and bloody good Jamie Campbell Bower steals the soundtrack vocally, with the tragically beautiful and beautifully tragic "Johanna", a song that I assure you, will be the one with the highest play count on your library. And the one that you sing when leaving the movie theatre. The film is not for the faint-hearted, but, if you can't weather the film, buy the soundtrack, and marvel at Sondheim's gorgeous masterpiece. My recommendation, however, is to skip straight to Johanna.

Sweeney Todd, alive at last!!!

This is Tim Burton and Stephan Sondheim tribute to classic horror film, such as Nosferatu and Psycho. It combines both Sondheim’s original musical and Burton's dark german expressionist style, giving a new fresh taste to musicals. Jonny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jayne Wisener's performances are to perfection, making this a must buy sound track this Christmas. However I must warn that it includes spoilers as it is very close to the film, however this is what makes it unique and more than just another musical...

Biography

Born: 22 March 1930 in New York, NY

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Stephen Sondheim was the most highly regarded composer/lyricist for the musical theater in his generation. Having his first musical produced on Broadway in 1957 and his 14th in 1994, he straddled two eras. The broadly popular musical theater of his early years gradually became a more insular art form, addressing a smaller, more dedicated, more serious audience. This jibed perfectly with the composer's own tendencies. In a sense, he was to the world of show tunes what Bob Dylan was to that of pop...
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