I'm a little suprised to be the first to review this, seeing as it's doing fairly well in the West End at the moment.
This musical tells the story of the famous masked hero Zorro, and does so through music from the Gypsy Kings, lots of swordfights, stunts, and flamenco dancing. I really enjoyed the musical and was looking forward to getting the CD.
And it was worth the wait. The CD is a mix of up-tempo tracks (some previously recorded by the Gypsy Kings, some brand new) and some new songs for the musical, some traditionally more what you'd expect from a musical.
Almost all of the songs are really very good - I think what sets this apart though is the fact that it's very different, as all have a nice Spanish-sound to them. The up-tempo numbers are really a lot of fun, and the slower ones take a while to get used to, but are great for belting out in the kitchen.
I was a little suprised when I got it to find out that it was recorded live, but thankfully all the performers are of such good standard that you wouldn't notice or mind, apart from some applause (fading out) in places - in fact the singing is remarkable considering it's live. On the up side, the live aspect means the show's energy is well captured and you get to hear some of the sounds made by the wonderfully aggressive and atmospheric flamenco dancing.
All in all, one to check out. Particularly for "a love we'll never live" which is almost like a parody of a musical song, particularly the way Matt Rawle sings the first line - "I'm a fool/nothing more/whose just living a lie". But this isn't a show which takes itself too seriously, so I don't think listeners have to either...