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Chicago

Soundtrack for the 2003 movie

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I can't seat still every time I listen to it.

  • Dec 29, 2005
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This album is great especially after you had seen the movie. I wish they would have separated the Overture from All That Jazz so you can skip through the opening instrumental to get to the singing but it's a small quibble. The Cell Block Tango sounds even better on this album and they really did wonders with this particular orchestration. I will tell you this..... this album helped shed me some pounds from imitating the choreography every time I played it.

John C. Reilly and Queen Latifah shine heartily on their tracks, Catherine Zeta-Jones is a great belter and infuses her singing with that sly sexiness she brings to the screen, and Renee Zelwegger croons convincingly from track to track. True, at times she tends to dig low and the notes come out a bit growly (the reprise of Nowadays illustrates this) but there is something quite appealing about her voice. The only major flaw with this recording is Richard Gere. Say what you will about him but his Al Jolson-esque singing just annoys the living daylights out of me. If there is a weak link, he's it. He comes off better in the movie I think, his tap dance at the end is exciting to watch. His singing, though, had me wishing he had played it normally.

Here's the thing...if you like Chicago the Movie and/or the Musical, this is for you. I would suggest seeing the movie first if you are unfamiliar with the music. It's one of the better musical scores of the past half century and it's been given a whole new life with vibrant and booming orchestrations!

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review by . March 11, 2003
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CHICAGO has finally made it to the big screen, after years of broken deals and broken promises. And it was worth the wait! This CHICAGO stays faithful to the original Broadway show (and the Encores! revival) without losing much information in the transition.Catherine Zeta-Jones is a powerforce as Velma Kelly, the vaudeville star who kills her sister Veronica, while Renee Zellweger displays her musical talents for the first time, playing a coy yet knowing Roxie Hart, the vaudeville wannabe who sees …
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The movie version of Kander and Ebb's Chicago was long in the making, but it's well worth the wait. Director Rob Marshall's main change was to turn the classic musical numbers into fantasy sequences, but of course this isn't obvious on CD. Most importantly, the arrangements are bursting with life while being true to the show's spirit, and the casting is simply inspired. Catherine Zeta-Jones actually started her career on the British boards (she was inThe Pajama Game and 42nd Street), so her turn as slinky Velma Kelly isn't that surprising; Renée Zellweger as Roxie Hart is more of a leftfield choice, but she shows she can handle the singing demands with pizzazz. The real revelation may well be rapper Queen Latifah, who belts out "When You're Good to Mama" with a marvelous affinity for the material. OK, so the R&B reprise of "Cell Block Tango/He Had It Coming" by Queen Latifah, Macy Gray, and Lil' Kim fails to convince, while Anastacia's "Love Is a Crime" is just blah (rest easy, purists, it's over the end credits). On the other hand, the CD provides two bonuses: "Class," which was cut from the movie, and "I Move On," a great duet written by Kander and Ebb for the final cut. It's really easy to mess up film adaptations of Broadway shows. Happily, Chicago proves it can be done right. -- Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Label: Sony
Genre: Broadway & Vocalists
Release Date: January 14, 2003

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