about the Sweeney Todd Soundtrack

Stephen Sondheim's Grand-Guignol blend of opera and musical theater is a perfect match for director Tim Burton's gothic sensibility. The result of their encounter is a superb screen musical that, despite early fears from the show's fans, preserves most of the score ("The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" being the most egregious loss) and, perhaps even more importantly, its spirit (regular Sondheim orchestrator Jonathan Tunick did the new arrangements). And yes, Johnny Depp can sing. Granted, singing in a movie is easier than it is onstage, but still, Depp is at ease with the material, if a little thin-voiced. Helena Bonham Carter is a bit more problematic as Mrs. Lovett (there's a reason this character has been played by the likes of Angela Lansbury and Patti LuPone on stage) and her take on "The Worst Pies in London" tries hard but lacks gleeful gusto (she fares better on "By the Sea"). More convincing are Sacha Baron Cohen, appropriately outlandish as Pirelli ("The Contest"), Jayne Wisener as Johanna ("Green Finch and Linnet Bird"), and Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin (a good duet with Depp on "Pretty Women"). Sondheim fans won't be disappointed, and the film should also bring new converts into his world. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

read this article for detailed track info!

Track List:
  1. Opening Title
  2. No Place Like London
  3. The Worst Pies in London
  4. Poor Thing
  5. My Friends
  6. Green Finch & Linnett Bird
  7. Alms Alms
  8. Johanna
  9. Pirelli s Miracle Elixir
  10. The Contest
  11. Wait
  12. Ladies and Their Sensitivities
  13. Pretty Women
  14. Epiphany
  15. A Little Priest
  16. Johanna
  17. God, That s Good!
  18. By the Sea
  19. Not While I m Around
  20. Final Scene

order the album:
The Soundtrack Complete
The Soundtrack Highlights