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Film Aside, Can You Listen to the 'Les Miserables' Soundtrack On Its Own?

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire January 15, 2013 at 1:11PM

"Les Misérables" may have taken home the Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical, but it's nowhere near to a universally acclaimed film. 2012 has been a year in which none of the top awards contenders have earned that distinction -- "Lincoln" gets as many raves as "mehs," and ebates on the ethics of "Zero Dark Thirty" are front page news. And while Tom Hooper's ambitious take on the beloved stage musical "Les Misérables" is doing stellar business worldwide, critics and fans are lukewarm on many of the risky moves the "King's Speech" director made to bring the Broadway version of Victor Hugo's story to life.

What songs still get it (or are maybe better from the film):

"Can You Hear the People Sing?"

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London Recording:

The spirit of community and revolution that is so important to the musical is on full display in the film's version of this one.


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London Recording:

Say what you want about Russell Crowe's rock star voice, but the film's terrifying prologue, with Valjean working on the chain gang nearly drowning, is effective at being what it needs to be aurally commanding.

"On My Own"

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London Recording:

Grown-up Eponine always brings down the house as she gives up Marius, and Samantha Barks may have just made a career doing just that.

"Red and Black"

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London Recording:

The stage's mostly forgettable dude rallying cry is carried and made into something completely new by rising stars -- and heartthrobs -- Eddie Redmayne and Aaron Tveit.

This article is related to: Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Theater


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