Mamma Mia! was one of the biggest hits of the summer movie season, and as of right now, the box it brought in far surpassed any other musical released. It is not surprising that Decca chose to release a soundtrack of the film, then. All of listenersâ€™ favorite ABBA tracks are here, be they â€œThe Winner Takes It Allâ€, â€œThe Name of the Gameâ€, â€œSuper Trouperâ€, or even â€œDancing Queenâ€. For those individuals that want to hear how a true reimagining of ABBA would be, the tracks present on this disc represent a pretty solid smattering of the best of ABBAâ€™s tracks.
The tracks are all done by the cast members of the movie; for example, â€œOur Last Summerâ€ features the vocal talents of Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan, while â€œSuper Troupersâ€ is fueled by the vocals of Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, and Christine Baranski. While ABBA purists may have problems with the way in which some of these tracks are spun, I really see what was done here to be more of an updating of ABBAâ€™s tracks instead of a whole-scale changing of everything to do about the track. Where there were decidedly seventies-styles of arrangement and instrumentation, more current dance arrangements predominate. This allows for a set of tracks that skillfully blends new and old, speaking well to what happened during the movie.
While there are a few omissions (â€œFernandoâ€ is especially startling in its absence), one has to understand that what is present on the soundtrack is largely what the directors had time for with the movie: further constrained by the length of the CD, what Decca has here is as perfect as one can get without moving to a 2 CD set. What would be nice to see in the next few years is a â€œsequelâ€ of sorts to this soundtrack, with the stars reprising their roles, taking on a second set of ABBAâ€™s hits. If that was not possible, bundling together this CD with the ABBA originals would be a nice holiday-themed promotion. Seeing the movie is not a requirement for properly enjoying the soundtrack, but I can imagine if individuals like the soundtrack in the first place, they should like the related film. Pick this up, and (if the desire strike you), pick up the movie as well.
Top Tracks: When All Is Said and Done, Thank You For The Music
OST: Mamma Mia! / 2008 Decca / 18 Tracks / http://www.mammamiamovie.com / http://www.decca.com /