Reviews of the soundtrack to the excellent Tim Burton version of Sweeney Todd (of which I am a fan) often suggest trying this recording, so I decided to give it a listen. The smaller orchestra and more intimate recording makes for a different experience, but still a very enjoyable one. Overall there is a greater sense of deranged, menacing but blackly humourous glee here. I have some problems with Patti LuPone's accent in places, which is more Lower East Side than East End, but her ability to convey Mrs Lovett as a character every bit as scheming, seedy and unstable as her partner in butchery is outstanding. The extended version of my favourite song "A Little Priest", and the wickedly gleeful way that the two leads play off each other is outstanding, and shows off the wit of Sondheim's lyrics perfectly.