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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After more than nine years and counting of continuous stage performances, the musical Mamma Mia!, featuring songs from the ABBA catalog awkwardly stitched into a romantic comedy plot, was adapted for the big screen by the same producer/director/writer team that had taken it to the theater. That would be Judy Craymer, Phyllida Lloyd, and Catherine Johnson, respectively. Like its counterpart, it pleased moviegoers but not critics, and thankfully the film itself is not the primary subject of this consideration. The soundtrack album simply consists of 18 ABBA songs sung by the stars of the movie, most of whom are not professional singers. The instrumental portions of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After more than nine years and counting of continuous stage performances, the musical Mamma Mia!, featuring songs from the ABBA catalog awkwardly stitched into a romantic comedy plot, was adapted for the big screen by the same producer/director/writer team that had taken it to the theater. That would be Judy Craymer, Phyllida Lloyd, and Catherine Johnson, respectively. Like its counterpart, it pleased moviegoers but not critics, and thankfully the film itself is not the primary subject of this consideration. The soundtrack album simply consists of 18 ABBA songs sung by the stars of the movie, most of whom are not professional singers. The instrumental portions of the music are remarkably similar to the original ABBA recordings, which is not surprising given that ABBA member Benny Andersson, who produced this album, reunited the original studio musicians to re-create their parts. Their playing his, in particular is a bit less precise here and there three decades on, but for the most part it's hard to tell the difference. On the original recordings, the Swedish singing group revealed its ESL English as a Second Language limitations, just as the songwriters Andersson, fellow member Björn Ulvaeus, and sometimes Stig Anderson revealed their ESL lyric-writing limitations. Here, the first of those problems is alleviated, while the second is somewhat elided by performers who are actors used to finding ways to say or sing even the silliest lines with some conviction. That's all to the good. But the generally low to mediocre quality of the singing is such as to suggest an all-ABBA night in a karaoke bar. The singers may be divided into those who embarrass themselves and those who manage to avoid doing so. In the latter category, the most prominent is Meryl Streep, in the starring role of Donna, an innkeeper living on a Greek isle with her daughter Sophie, who is about to be married and, never having been told who her real father is, sets the plot in motion by writing to three of her mother's ex-boyfriends and inviting them to the wedding. Streep, who has some stage singing experience, is actually better when she's belting than when she has to be more intimate and expressive, as she is called on to do for most of the ballad "The Winner Takes It All." Amanda Seyfried, as Sophie, also does well and she even gets an extra solo, singing "Thank You for the Music" with only piano accompaniment as the album's hidden track. Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, and Julie Walters are not heard from much, and therefore also fit into the non-embarrassing category. The real problem is Pierce Brosnan, who simply can't sing at all, but who tries hard during such leads as "SOS" and particularly "When All Is Said and Done," to often painful effect. It's too bad that Christine Baranski, a ringer who has real musical theater chops, only gets to sing "Does Your Mother Know," not only because the album would be improved vastly with more of her, but also because she is so much better than the others that she makes them sound even worse than they are. Onscreen, just as on-stage, Mamma Mia! is at best a guilty pleasure. On disc, it is no more than a souvenir of the film experience which didn't keep this album from topping charts all over the world upon its release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602517741850
  • Catalog Number: 001143902
  • Sales rank: 12,136

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Honey, Honey - Rachel McDowall (3:07)
  2. 2 Money, Money, Money (3:06)
  3. 3 Mamma Mia (3:34)
  4. 4 Dancing Queen (4:04)
  5. 5 Our Last Summer - Stellan Skarsgård (2:57)
  6. 6 Lay All Your Love on Me - Dominic Cooper (4:29)
  7. 7 Super Trouper (3:53)
  8. 8 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - Rachel McDowall (3:51)
  9. 9 The Name of the Game (4:55)
  10. 10 Voulez-Vous - Stellan Skarsgård (4:35)
  11. 11 SOS (3:19)
  12. 12 Does Your Mother Know - Philip Michael (3:01)
  13. 13 Slipping Through My Fingers (3:50)
  14. 14 The Winner Takes It All (4:57)
  15. 15 When All Is Said and Done (3:17)
  16. 16 Take a Chance on Me - Stellan Skarsgård (4:01)
  17. 17 I Have a Dream (4:23)
  18. 18 Thank You for the Music (8:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mamma Mia Indexed Contributor
Benny Andersson Piano, Keyboards
Rutger Gunnarsson Bass, Bouzouki
Per Lindvall Drums
Meryl Streep Vocals
Lasse Wellander Bouzouki, Guitar
Christine Baranski Vocals
Leif Lindvall Trumpet
Martin Lowe Conductor, Musical Direction
Julie Walters Vocals
Jörgen Stenberg Percussion
Pierce Brosnan Vocals
Pär Grebacken Clarinet, Recorder, Saxophone
Kalle Moraeus Bouzouki, Guitar, Violin
Mats Nilsson Choir, Chorus
Colin Firth Vocals
Amanda Seyfried Vocals
Dominic Cooper Vocals
Ashley Lilley Vocals
Rachel McDowall Vocals
Philip Michael Vocals
Stellan Skarsgård Vocals
Henrik Orwander Choir, Chorus
Robert Carlson Choir, Chorus
Jan Bengtson Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Piccolo Trumpet
Hans Johansson Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Benny Andersson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
George Marino Mastering
Björn Ulvaeus Composer, Executive Producer
Lorenzo Agius Cover Photo
Stig Anderson Composer
Andrew Dudman Engineering
Bernard Löhr Engineering
Chris Barrett Engineering
Rupert Christie Orchestration
Judy Craymer Executive Producer
Thomas Bowes Orchestra Leader
Steve Price Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great gift!

    I bought this for my mom since she LOVES the movie! She loves the soundtrack even more and is always listening to it in her car. Any time she goes on a road trip it's the first CD she packs. It's easy to sing along with and fun to listen or dance along to, whether at home or in the car.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great CD!

    Very uplifting music! Fun and energetic, brightens my day! One of my favorite musicals.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOTS OF FUN TO LISTEN TO.

    Highly recommended for a quick picker upper. You'll be dancing before you know it to the Dancing Queen track. An essential for your car and fun drives.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Mama Mia what a sound track

    I smile everytime I hear the music. It makes me laugh. My aerobics teacher uses it in class and we love to exercise to the music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great on line order experience with Barnes and Noble.

    Ordering this through Barnes and Noble is such a great service with fast delivery. Also I loved the Mama Mia movie and the sound track brings the moveie back to life while listening to it. I am so glad I bought the DVD for Mama Mia as well.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE IT!!

    I am in love with this movie and the soundtrack just adds to it. Even though some may disagree with who sings better, I enjoy hearing each actors voice in their respective parts. When I am listening to the soundtrack it is like watching the movie in my mind. Very simply, it makes me smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MAMMA MIA ROCKS

    Love it Love it Love it - It plays in my car constantly. Wouldn't go anywhere with out it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Mama Mia soundtrack

    I just love it.... well, I love the movie as well...... the soundtrack is just wonderful.... the sound quality is great...it is one of my most favorite cd's.....

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous!

    I really enjoyed listening to this cd and it is a cd that I can listen to over and over. All the actors and actresses in the movie have great voices that make it fun to listen to and even sing to. So I totally recommend it and sing out till your heart is content!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ABBA still rocks!

    Fun, memorable, and sometimes energizing songs that are great to song along with. The only drawback is that they didn't include "Waterloo" which was in the movie credits.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Funderful soundtrack for all ages!

    I got this for my daughter's birthday, because she LOVED the movie so much. She sings the songs throughout the day, leafing through the lyric book that came with it and learning the words "just right". My son even gets into some of the songs. I mean, come on, who CAN'T get down to ABBA's "Dancing Queen"? This is a wonderful purchase, and the bonus track that isn't even listed on the CD was a great surprise!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Mamma Mia

    I loved the movie and the soundtrack...it's one you can listen to and just feel good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL!

    I love the soundtrack of this fantastic movie! The only thing I would like to have different would have been for the songs on the soundtrack to play in the same order as they were presented in the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    wonderful

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Mamma Mia is Magnificent!

    This entire CD is the perfect thing to perk up even your worst day! I think the entire cast did a wonderful job with the music. My mom grew up with the songs of Abba, so it was nice to be able to share this together! This will be a delight for many ages! Don't hesitate to dance in your car!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Overall it is a very good CD

    Whomever cast Pierce Brosnan nees to find another job. First of all the man cannot sing. Everytime he sings i almost cringe. When i first got the CD I actually skipped most of his songs.<BR/><BR/>The singing of the rest of the cast is great. Meryl Streep is just one great actress who can sing as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A little disappointed.

    The movie . . . Fantastic! The story . . . Fantastic! The music . . . Fantastic! but . . . Chiquitita is not the the CD. Why?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why Not Get real ABBA?

    OMG, this album makes me want to lose my hearing. If I wanted to hear annoying ABBA songs then I would buy an ABBA CD. Meryl Streep needs to not sing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow, Scarlet &quot the musician&quot needs to calm down.

    I've been doing professional musicals for the past 17 years of my life, and I can tell anyone honestly, ALL the females in the film version of this musical have fantastic voices!! (The males...not so much. But they give a good effort.) I've been listening to ABBA since I was five years old, and it's so cool to hear those great old songs with a show tune flair!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just a fun,enjoyable movie!

    I have seen the Broadway musical twice and when I heard the movie was coming out, I was very curious. I loved the casting. It was truly excellent. It was perfect for this movie. This movie was so entertaining and just fun. I did buy the sound track because I loved this movie so much!!! Don't hesitate go see it.

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