While the title is A Night at the Opera, this release compiles four soundtracks, also including Animal Crackers, At the Circus, and Room Service. The mastering job is a bit dodgy, but this is the only place to get all this music in one place. Note: These scores do not include dialogue from the films.
More than ever, Nicolay's mellow but moving productions have that lingering, memory-triggering effect mastered by the late J Dilla, while Phonte puts his sensitive singing voice to full use, providing a gently bittersweet tint. This is not just a unique and exceptional R&B album but also a soundtrack or means of communication -- when heat-of-the-moment resentment, a lump in the throat, or anxious longing get in the way -- for a real-life adult relationship.