Mamma Mia! (The Movie Soundtrack)
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Impossibly exuberant, occasionally loopy, and as relentlesslly infectious as its iconic source material, the screen adaptation of the hit stage show based on Abba’s world-beating pop music catalog doesn’t so much walk the fine line between tribute to the screen musical and outright parody as gleefully blur it unto oblivion. At an age when stuffy AFI tributes would seem her lot in life, Oscar winner Meryl Streep adds yet another subchapter to her already burgeoning resume: pop diva. Whether delivering the title track and “Dancing Queen” with the muscular self-assurance of Merman or lending a weary, Sondheim-esque pathos to “Winner Takes It All,” the veteran offers a winning surprise at virtually every turn. Christine Baranski’s spotlight “Does Your Mother Know” offers a similar revelation, while young newcomer Amanda Seyfried’s quavering soprano is the perfect foil to Streep’s often gutsy vocals, taking two fine showcase turns on the iTunes-only closing tracks, “I Have a Dream” and “Thank You For the Music.” Abba mainstays/executive producers Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus insure that the musical backdrops never stray far from their own epochal productions, even if their pulse seems skillfully quickened throughout to good effect.
I'll admit that I approached this with a great deal of trepidation. I bought my first ABBA record in 1974 (Waterloo) and had been following them devotedly ever since. And this recording is really a wonderful surprise. Benny Andersson's amazing arrangements and production make even some of the shakiest singing performances (e.g., SOS) come through with flying colors. Then there is Meryl Streep. The voice that had been hinted at in "Postcards from the Edge" is let out in full force. Listening to "The Winner Takes It All" the first time gave me massive goosebumps that I'm still trying to recover from. Amanda Seyfried does an amazing job also -- her closing two songs bring the album to a joyful close. Short of Pierce Brosnan on "SOS", all of the performances are amazing. Please treat this album on its own merits. These are amazing performances of classic songs.
The mix of voices from Amamnda to Meryl is absoultely amazing! I love the songs and their upbeat mood, no matter how I'm feeling these songs lift me right up. I'm SO excited for the movie, THANK YOU !
Best Movie Soundtrack Ever
This cd is amazing!!! It's a cd where you can listen to every song without wanting to skip one, which is rare for me. Songs: Honey Honey - 5/5 one of my 2 very favorites on the cd, adorable! Money Money Money - 4/5 clever and catchy, and funny Mamma Mia - 5/5 classic, title song, really fun/addicting Dancing Queen - 4/5 classic, but not as easy to listen to all the time haha Our Last Summer - 5/5 nice change of pace, peaceful and enjoyable, and colin firth heads up the song! Lay All Your Love on Me - 5/5 my other very favorite!!!! so much emotion, totally fun and energetic Super Trooper - 5/5 makes me happy, love this song Gimme Gimme Gimme - 5/5 fun, classic girls night out song The Name of the Game - 5/5 I'm getting more and more addicted to this one, just an all around solid song Voulez-vous - 4/5 fun group song! SOS - 5/5 LOVE it! good duet between pierce and meryl Does Your Mother Know - 5/5 really good rock song, excellent beat Slipping Through My Fingers - 4/5 sad but touching mother-daughter song The Winner Takes it All - 3/5 my least fav but still a powerful ballad song When All is Said and Done - 4/5 sweet slower song Take a Chance on Me - 4/5 closing group song, fun fun fun I Have a Dream - 5/5 I really love this song, very well done Thank You for the Music - 5/5 sweet, sounds like it could be from wicked :)