Written by Michel Berger and Luc Plamondon in the late '70s, Starmania has been a very successful stage show in Europe since its debut. It has been revived several times throughout the years, resulting in a huge production in 1993 that debuted in Paris and then toured the world. That particular production was criticized for putting too much glitz and glam into the show, but honestly the only thing that suffered was the occasional overdone song. The album is a collection of songs from the musical, which follows a series of characters living in the futuristic city of Monopolis. The story is quite secondary; in fact, the show has never received much good press for its plot. Instead, the songs are the real treat here. Tracks like "Le Blues du Businessman," "Un Garçon Pas Comme les Autres," and "La Chanson de Ziggy" are gorgeous chunks of musical theater with just enough of a rock twist to keep them sounding modern. Performed in the style of the '70s production, this album features several cast members singing these songs the way they were meant to be performed. The occasional hollow production may rob a few of the songs of their power, but the performances are usually fiery enough to overcome the limitations of the recording. Fans of the musical should try to hunt this down; this is a wonderful collection of songs that has gone unrecognized outside of Europe and Canada for too long. It may not be as important as Jesus Christ Superstar or as good as Rent, but this is a strong work that deserves more credit.
AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2