19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Terrific music, emotional and exciting lyrics, beautiful booklet and documentary,
This review is from: Love Never Dies (2CD+DVD Special Edition) (Audio CD)I was going to see the show on the first preview on 20th February but sadly it was cancelled because of technical difficulties. So I quickly ordered more tickets and then went on 5th March. I ordered this last Friday (5th March) and it turned up yesterday. I've listened to it five times already and now as I type the sixth.
In each time I've listened to it I hear something new just like what another reviewer said.
I love the music because it's just fits perfectly in the time when it's based - the early 1900s. One of my favourite songs is "'Till I Hear you Sing". It is very powerful and emotional and I feel like I'm going to cry whenever I listen to it. The reason of this is because of the performance by Ramin Karimloo who in my opinion is an absolutly brilliant Phantom. Another is "Beautiful" while my favourite (like other people I have read) is "The Beauty Underneath" because it has the most unique piece of music in the show and it reminds me of the rock-opera style from the first show and I thought that this song was the "Phantom of the Opera" song but for this show. My favourite non-lyric instrumental like piece is "The Coney Island Waltz", like other reviews have said (not just on here) it has reminded them of 'old fairgrounds' and then moves onto something else and I can feel the love and hatred the characters have to Coney Island and it's overall mastermind.
One of my favourite things about this show is how the show isn't a direct sequel. It's a sequel yes but like Andrew Lloyd Webber said it's a stand alone story but with links to the original like the characters and a few pieces of music. Another of my favourite things about this show/CD is how it's more or less the entire show on 2 discs (but you can listen to it in one go if you import it onto your computer). The documentary is really interesting. It gives loads of information and I was sad when it came to and end just like when I watched the show, I wanted it to go on because it was so interesting. I myself have worked in the theatre before on shows so I kenw mostly all the stuff they showed on it but I was suprised when I discovered there was more.
So, my conclusion is that this show is a really good and terrific show and so is it's soundtrack. Some people may hate it but in my opinion that's because they either can't accept the fact that theres a Phantom sequel or just because they were wishing for it to be better than the original and have the same magical touch. In my opinion it is on the same level of the original but doens't have the same magical touch, it has it's own and that is what sequels need - their own magic.