Hairspray Live soundtrack is out and it’s what the world is talking about. Because I’m a nice person that happens to love musicals, let’s talk about the soundtrack and thoughts about it.
Let’s first talk about the elephant in the room. Like “Sound of Music Live,” this is based on of the broadway musician and not the 2007 movie that gave us John Travolta in a dress and Zac Efron’s real singing voice. So there are some numbers in there that aren’t in the movie and the words might not be exactly what you remember. But I will be mentioning the movie throughout because it’s the most commonly known version.
So the first thing that definitely stands out is the vocal differences in the cast. Some of the cast are strong vocally while some aren’t as vocally strong. So it feels like some of the strong vocals are carrying the songs they are in. While in the movie, they all helped carry the song and gave the song life. This feels like they tried to have the stronger vocals carry and raise the others but it just covers them up more.
The group numbers are amazing. “You Can’t Stop the Beat” and “Without Love” are the standouts of the album for group numbers. Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson’s “Come So Far” is literally the best thing on the album. The song is everything you expect and want. These two are also the best out of everyone. They literally brought it.
Before you kill me, Kristin Chenoweth is in a class of her own. She’s in her own category. Like “(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs” is amazing and words cannot describe her vocals.
The songs aren’t bad. They are rather amazing. The slight difference from the movie and the actual musical isn’t really noticeable besides in small changes. The thing that is slightly holding back the album is the vocals being leveled and not feeling like they are relying on others to carry the album. Some of the songs I’m going to judge in the actual performance, which will be live on NBC at 8 pm EST on Wednesday, December 7th.
Here’s the songs to preview:
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