Well, I sat down last night and listened to the new RENT movie soundtrack track by track on headphones (so I could really really listen to it with no distractions) and I have some thoughts now! (I had a few before but I have changed my mind on some)
-First of all, I am SO used to the OBC, that during songs like "Rent" where they have taken out the dialogue, I keep adding it back in in my head like "Hello, Maureen? Your equipment won't work? Ok, alright I'll go!" Haha.
-Okay. Overall - I think this new soundtrack is AMAZING. People will knock it, people will compare it to the original, but overall - I think it's great! And honestly, with such beautiful material to work with, how could you go TOO wrong?
-It was (probably) my favorite song before, but I think the new "Take Me or Leave Me" might be even better than the original! It is UN-believable - in my opinion. After I heard it, I re-played it at least 3 times to hear it again. Tracie & Idina are compeletely on point and they sound absolutely amazing.
-Rosario sounds great, way better than the online clips I heard before. (Is it just me or does the CD sound much better than the clips on the RENT movie site? I know it's the same thing, but for some reason it sounds better to me). I think "Out Tonight" sounds absolutely great. More power than I expected. She brings Mimi a slight touch of vulnerability that is nice though.
-Anthony Rapp sounds just the same pretty much. Idina and Taye sound even better than before. I feel like Idina's really grown as a singer (not that she wasn't amazing before) and she wants to show that off. Tracie is amazing! Great choice to use her for Joanne, I think.
-Love Heals is a great song! I like it. I am pleased with it.
-A couple of NEGATIVES though - not much - but whoever said yesterday that the instrumentals in "Light My Candle" sound like a MIDI file is COMPLETELY right. I laughed thinking about that. It really does - it sounds cheap. Why?
-Also, did they digitize Rosario's voice a little bit in Out Tonight? Like use some kind of weird effect on some of the notes? Do I hear something funny in there, or is it just me?
-The last point - I am a little bit disappointed with "La Vie Boheme" - One of my favorite songs in the show - I'm sure with the visual in the movie - it will be great. BUT - does anyone else feel that the whole number sounds a little too "rehearsed" and a little too "polished" -- do you know what I'm trying to say here? The original feels so raw and so spontaneous... this one sounds a little more contrived. And, I don't like the track starting out with "Who Died?" - But again I'm sure when I see the film I will feel differently about that. It's awkward for me right now though.
ANYWAY:: WHAT A LONG POST!! If you got through it, good for you and thanks! :) I have more thoughts but they aren't all coming to me right now. Please share your thoughts! It's fun to talk about this with other RENTheads when I'm at work!!