Thursday, March 28, 2013

Les Miserables Deluxe Edition Soundtrack Review

I LOVE the cover with Enjolras. ;P

The deluxe soundtrack CD pack for Les Miserables is - what other word can I use besides A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.? Superb, blew me away and blew my emotions to pieces from all the way to extremely amused to crying at the sad and beautiful. This soundtrack seems to fill all the gaps that were in the original soundtrack. Of course, this makes it very, very long - but that just makes it perfect for long trips or when you are doing a mundane task like cleaning house. I love soundtracks because I can hear the whole story of a movie being retold to me when I am unable to watch it at that time - and this soundtrack certainly does so.

Thoughts on a Few of the New Songs
I loved all the extra songs with the Thenardiers, who seem to be able to make me laugh no matter how many times I listen to their songs, especially when Thenardier keeps calling Cosette 'Colette'. Even better - a song with the Thenardiers AND Javert, "The Robbery".

I was delighted that "Fantine's Arrest" was included with Fantine's "do not mock me". I also love how Javert keeps interrupting Jean Valjean with his "M'sieur Mayor".

"Suddenly" never really struck me as getting across Jean's fatherly feelings for Cosette, but Cosette's "Will you be like a Papa to me?" in "The Bargain" definitely did. (Off topic - the movie better have the scene from the book with Jean giving Cosette the doll because that was just BEAUTIFUL.)

Even though "The Convent" was very short, I definitely appreciated the little part of singing of nuns in the background. It was gorgeous and a VERY good transition from "Suddenly" to "Stars". (Note: This is how far I've gotten in the book so far.)

I also like the transition from "Stars" to "Paris/Look Down"; it gives me a little shiver. :P It's also a great transition from when Jean "adopts" Cosette to several years later when Cosette is a young lady. The people of Paris cry for mercy, Gavroche sings about the plight of his people. He definitely is the cutest and BRAVEST little guy ever (and cheeky, too, if I may so :P). Near the end of the song, Enjolras and Marius enter, making a much better introduction to them than directly going to “Red and Black/ABC CafĂ©” as in the original soundtrack.

The extension of "In My Life" definitely gives me a bigger appreciation for the older Cosette than I had before, than her being just the girl who stole Marius away from Eponine (not really, but you Les Mis fans shoud know what I mean ;)). The conversation between Jean and Cosette as father and daughter is just beautiful.

The next CD begins with a rousing performance of “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, with Enjolras leading. I think this track introduces us to the atmosphere of this next disc - the fight for freedom.

The next first songs of this disc are all new ones - “Building the Barricade”, “Javert at the Barricade”, “The First Attack”, etc. All good action-y songs. ;)

“A Little Fall of Rain” is the first sign of sadness creeping into the soundtrack again, foreshadowing how things are going to fall into disaster. This song is very sad but also pretty and innocent.

“The Death of Gavroche” feels a little bit like a horror song - or maybe that’s just me. The song opens with Enjolras’ realization that the people of Paris are not coming to help them and that they are all going to die. Then Gavroche sings on the barricade and is shot dead. Enjolras’ “You have no chance at all” makes me shiver.

“A Heart Full of Love (Reprise)” is just lovely, with Jean Valjean taking Eponine’s part of the song. I think I like it better than the first version. :)

In Summary
I find it a little hard to describe exactly what I am feeling as I listen to each song. For example, when Javert sings about knowing the enemy’s ways - I feel a sort of pride, as if I were one of the barricade boys, fighting for my country’s freedom, but I also feel a little bit of disgust as I think, “Traitor. That’s a spy!” Hopefully that makes my thoughts a little clearer. :)

Appropriate Material?
"Lovely Ladies" isn't exactly the most appropriate song. I just told my sister that the "lovely ladies" do inappropriate stuff, and that was that. I have to admit that the song is very catchy. *wink*

After all my listens, I realized that Mademoissele Thenardier uses...err...language in "Master of the House" to express her disdain for her husband. Monsieur Thenardier also calls Jean Valjean a bastard in "The Robbery". "At the End of the Day" also has a word or two of language.

Alyianna's Rating: 11 out 10 (not thinking about the small tidbits of inappropriateness, as I think they are somewhat needed to show the extent of evil, if you know what I mean)


Charity U said...

Ah yes, Lovely Ladies is catchy! Every time I hear the word "lovely" anymore I find myself wanting to break into that song...I usually catch myself in time though. ;) "At The End of the Day" also has a little language. Cannot wait to get this CD set!

Alyianna said...

Haha yes! I keep finding myself repeating the words "lovely ladies" in a British lady's voice because I don't know anymore of the words. :P

Oh, that's right! Thanks for pointing that out, I totally forgot. :) I will put that in.

God bless,
- Alyianna