13 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Beyond the staggering chart performances, a measure of how successful the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman has been is the number of stars who posted thoughts on, and renditions of, the songs to social media. That activity helped inspire this album, featuring covers by artists whose variety reflects the genre-fusing eclecticism of the original music.

While it may be tempting to avoid messing with songs so precision-engineered with melody and emotion, everyone brings something new. Panic! At the Disco set the tone, opening with a version of “The Greatest Show” that adds rock punch to the original without veering toward the overblown. UK dance-pop titans Years & Years and Jess Glynne hang a disco ball from the big-top rafters with a glittering “Come Alive”, while some Missy Elliott bars add extra tension to “This Is Me” before the chorus’ skyscraping release. Equally stirring reworkings from Kelly Clarkson, P!nk and Zac Brown Band only underscore what robust pop songs these were in the first place.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Beyond the staggering chart performances, a measure of how successful the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman has been is the number of stars who posted thoughts on, and renditions of, the songs to social media. That activity helped inspire this album, featuring covers by artists whose variety reflects the genre-fusing eclecticism of the original music.

While it may be tempting to avoid messing with songs so precision-engineered with melody and emotion, everyone brings something new. Panic! At the Disco set the tone, opening with a version of “The Greatest Show” that adds rock punch to the original without veering toward the overblown. UK dance-pop titans Years & Years and Jess Glynne hang a disco ball from the big-top rafters with a glittering “Come Alive”, while some Missy Elliott bars add extra tension to “This Is Me” before the chorus’ skyscraping release. Equally stirring reworkings from Kelly Clarkson, P!nk and Zac Brown Band only underscore what robust pop songs these were in the first place.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
213 Ratings
213 Ratings
Kurt08ftw ,

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What if I told you... that you didn’t have to buy this ‘money making scheme’ if you didn’t want to? Stop complaining about trivial things that don’t matter.

Music_Addict_19 ,

No...

The original album is fantastic. There was absolutely no need to remake the songs... “This is Me” by Kesha is just awful and she can’t do those high notes. Not a good album. I’ll stick with the original.

§Hackerz§ ,

PANIC!!!! One of the greatest combinations just happened.

When I first heard The Greatest Show, I thought it sounded like one of the deep sounds Panic! At the Disco would produce, along with the lyrics and instruments. And then, Brendon, as if answering me directly, goes and sings the dang thing. I honestly wish this song could go on forever.