Les Misérables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
by Various Artists
Released: Dec 2013
Let's dispense with the disclaimers: Yes, these are mostly Hollywood actors, not singers. And yes, these are hard songs they recorded live with just piano accompaniment. And no, Russell Crowe doesn't know how to sing, while Hugh Jackman knows how but has some, um, "vocal issues." But what this soundtrack does so well is make you feel every inch of this heart-pounding show's desperate pathos. When Jackman muscles through the gorgeous, impossible "Bring Him Home," you'll shiver with his pain. (And when the real singers, like Samantha Barks' tragic Éponine, take over, your heart will sing, too.)
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