Repo! The Genetic Opera (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Darren Smith & Terrance Zdunich
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Things you see...or hear that Rock!
At the end of this album you will ponder the power that music has on your life and not to mention the power to get words stuck in your head. I continuously belt out “Repooooo Mannnnn,” sung by the lovely Sarah Brightman in the opening track “At the Opera Tonight.” It’s a break-out song for Sarah Brightman, she utilizes her lovely pipes and background in opera to sing along with heavy drums and catchy guitar hooks. That’s right; I said Sarah Brightman can rock! Repo! The Genetic Opera is a breakout opera, incorporating a unique storyline with opera inspired music modernized to electronic rock music (but I will get back to that later). The soundtrack continues with the next breakout track “Things You See in a Graveyard,” in which Paul Sorvino can clearly hold his own when it comes singing and am shocked he has not sung previously (unless I am mistaken) in which case he was a good choice in casting. “Infected,” sung by Alexa Vaga is an incredible balled and obviously about being sheltered from the outside world, from real life experiences. Alexa Vaga has come a long way from her roots playing Carmen in “Spy Kids,” her voice shows true ability to be versatile in her career and I would not be shocked to see her on Broadway. Anthony Stewart Head, known as Giles on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” has previously release music and I was not surprised to hear how well he sings. However, to hear Head sing on “Legal Assassin” was a completely different experience. “Assassin, Murderer, Demon, Killer,” whispers the voice to “Legal Assassin” the song is an apparent struggle by heads dual-life as Nathan and the Repo Man. It is also my favorite track. “Can’t Get It up If the Girls Breathing,” is a humorous track with vocals featuring Paris Hilton as Amber Sweet. Before jumping on the “I hate Paris bandwagon” let me just say the creators of Repo had Hilton come in for a screening (with a panel of hardcore tattooed rockers) believing she was not right for the part. Hilton came back, sang the lyrics and the panel of tattooed rockers were shocked not only at her singing ability but her professionalism. Hilton is perfect as Amber sweet, who I should also say is addicted to the knife…of surgery. Speaking of surgery, “Zydrate Anatomy” is my second favorite track on the Repo Soundtrack. “I can’t feel nothing at all,” doesn’t seem to want to leave my brain as well as the deliciously dark and heavy riffs of the guitar. Terrance Zdunich plays Graverobber, and might I add hails as one of the original writers of the stage play and now current motion picture. Not only can Zdunich write, but he can sing and it shows well on “Zydrate Anatomy.” The Repo soundtrack is wonderfully written, rocking, sometimes witty and very well engineered. It’s obvious the musicians and producers new exactly what to do to make the songs polished and rocking. The songs range from rock, to electronic rock, opera, and even a funeral dirge style song “Thankless Job.” In comparison to other wonderful soundtracks (such as Chicago), repo hits the nail on the head (or scalpel I should say) when it comes to soundtracks. You will leave the soundtrack singing the songs and Repo will go down in history as a cult hit.
The best thing since Sweeney Todd
Well sung (even Paris did a passable job), well composed, fun, witty and delightfully dark. I can't wait for the movie to come out. This soundtrack is so good that I'm buying the full album despite having purchased part of it through the website's early release. It is worth every penny.
Lionsgate Should Rethink
Lionsgate should really rethink about Repo! the Genetic Opera. The music is well written, dark, funny, engaging and occasionally witty. Terrence Zdundinch is a brilliant writer/singer/actor who proves himself as one of the original authors of Repo! as well as one of the best singers in the cast. Paris Hilton also shows her singing chops as not previously seen. Her voice is simply amazing and unlike her other music. I can understand why Darren Bousman and Terrence gave her a chance. Plus the character of Amber Sweet is perfect for her - almost tailor made. Alexa Vega is a delight to hear and her voice is great. Her broadway skills were really brought to light from when she played Penny Pingleton in Hairspray. Anthony Stewart Head is simply godly as Nathan Wallace. One can hear the inward struggle the character Nathan has just by hearing ASH sing. Paul Sorvino is amazing as Rotti. He only has two songs but he clearly has the chops to hold his own and carry his own weight on the soundtrack. Of course Nivek Ogre is amazing as well. Pavi Largo is a great character for him and I'm glad to see him outside of Skinny Puppy. Bill Mosely is awesome as Luigi Largo. His way of singing is fun to hear and his song with Ogre in Mark It Up is a joy and I play it over and over. Last but most definitely not least is Sarah Brightman. My god, she has the voice of a goddess. And she proves that she can rock in this soundtrack. Her role as Blind Mag is brilliant to the letter. She uses all her singing skills and they work. All in all Lionsgate was so wrong about Repo! being that the cast is amazing, the songs speak for themselves, and it engages your brain and makes you want to listen over and over without stopping.
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