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Andrew Lloyd Webber should have quit years ago!
on 25 May 2001
2 years ago to be precise. This musical and this pathetic recording do not have the mastery of the other shows. The music often overshadows the important lyrics and they loose their significance. The music is purile and a complete rip off of Riverdance, only something about Andrew Lloyd Webber's rhythm's mean it doesn't quite pull it off. There are only 2 nice songs, the others are very cliche. The most annoying thing about this is the Irish Accents. I'm not anti-Irish, but if you thought the accents were bad in Whistle Down The Wind, then you'll simply hate this. The actors are not consistent at all, they will sing in English then go into a phony broad irish just to make the lines scan. It's bad, the actors are moderately good at signing, but no where near a patch on the other Andrew Lloyds Webber recordings. Ben Elton, much as I love his work, is not a good lyricist and often the lyrics are cliched. There is a deffinate sense of Elton not wanting to repeat himself. The orchestration is not one thing or another, it's a mix between Riverdance, Phantom and Whistle Down The Wind, it doesn't work. This slushy sentamentalist stuff will be brilliant to sell to Americans, but if you hate that sort of thing don't buy it.