Madonna / Andrew Lloyd Webber

Evita [Motion Picture Music Soundtrack]

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Madonna staked much of her career on Evita, gambling that it would establish her as a proper movie star and a respected actress, as well as reviving her slumping musical career. Both the film and the soundtrack, while worthy efforts, fall just short of their goals, despite their numerous strong points. The double-disc soundtrack to Evita -- which essentially is an audio document of the entire film, since there is no dialogue in the movie -- is an exquisitely produced and expertly rendered version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock-inspired musical, yet it remains curiously unengaging. Part of the reason is Madonna's performance. While she gives a startlingly accomplished and nuanced performance -- her voice actually sounds like it matures over the course of the album -- it is impossible to listen to her without getting the impression that she is trying really hard to be credible, which makes it difficult to connect with her. It doesn't help that her supporting cast of Jonathan Pryce and Antonio Banderas are only fitfully successful; Banderas' performance, in particular, suffers from being removed from the visuals. Even with the faults, Evita has its merits, including the written-for-film ballad "You Must Love Me," and is worth investigating. It just isn't the definitive work that it wishes to be.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas 01:19 Amazon
2 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas 04:16 Amazon
3 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas 05:44 Amazon
4 Jimmy Nail 02:24 Amazon
5 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas / Julian Littman / Jimmy Nail 05:20 Amazon
6 Madonna 04:09 Amazon
7 Madonna 03:33 Amazon
8 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas 04:18 Amazon
9 Antonio Banderas 04:24 Amazon
10 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas / Jimmy Nail / Jonathan Pryce 02:33 Amazon
11 Madonna feat: Jonathan Pryce 04:18 Amazon
12 Madonna feat: Andrea Corr / Jonathan Pryce 01:46 Amazon
13 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas 05:17 Amazon
14 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas / Jonathan Pryce 08:13 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jonathan Pryce 01:27 Amazon
2 Madonna 05:31 Amazon
3 Madonna 02:00 Amazon
4 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas 03:32 Amazon
5 Madonna 02:26 Amazon
6 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas / Gary Brooker / John Gower / Peter Polycarpou / Jonathan Pryce 04:50 Amazon
7 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas 02:31 Amazon
8 Antonio Banderas 03:53 Amazon
9 Madonna 01:40 Amazon
10 Jonathan Pryce 01:39 Amazon
11 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas 02:30 Amazon
12 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas 04:12 Amazon
13 Madonna feat: Jonathan Pryce 01:24 Amazon
14 Madonna 02:50 Amazon
15 Madonna 03:05 Amazon
16 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas 02:11 Amazon
17 Madonna feat: Antonio Banderas 05:13 Amazon
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