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RENT [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

RENT [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

4.5 53
by Jonathan Larson
Jonathan Larson's hit rock musical Rent is about marginalized members of society: homosexuals, people of color, artists, and other folks who, for whatever reason, just don't fit in, and who eventually learn to cherish their individuality within the warm embrace of their families of choice. Director Chris Columbus (the first two See more details below


Jonathan Larson's hit rock musical Rent is about marginalized members of society: homosexuals, people of color, artists, and other folks who, for whatever reason, just don't fit in, and who eventually learn to cherish their individuality within the warm embrace of their families of choice. Director Chris Columbus (the first two Harry Potter films) opens his major motion picture vision of the musical with the exhilarating, life-affirming backdrop of Manhattan's artsy Lower East Side, giving the sonorous voices of the film's stars -- including original Broadway cast members Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), Taye Diggs (How Stella Got Her Groove Back), and Wicked star Idina Menzel (who is coincidentally married to Diggs), as well as screen siren Rosario Dawson, in her musical debut -- even more room to charm the listener. Larson's melodic, sentimental songs -- notably the goose-bump-inducing "Seasons of Love," featuring newcomer Tracie Thoms -- are gorgeously realized by producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls), and this disc is a must-have for all Rentheads, as well as the perfect gift for romantics with a penchant for la vie bohème.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In their transfers from stage to screen, Broadway musicals usually suffer from extensive cast changes and sometimes from major alterations in their scores. Rent, the rock-oriented update of La Vie Boheme with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, was taken to film by director Chris Columbus with much of the cast and all of the score intact. The only caveat may be time; the show opened in 1996, the film in 2005, and that means, for instance, that when Roger (Adam Pascal) guesses that Mimi (Rosario Dawson) is 16 years old and she admits to being 19 in the song "Light My Candle," it's not quite believable. But that's a problem only onscreen, not on the soundtrack album. Arranger and album producer Rob Cavallo has been faithful to Larson's writing, so here the real question is how the new recording measures up to the original Broadway cast album. In his liner notes, Columbus makes a case for the new one by stating, "This time around, the songs were recorded over several months, with much time and care." He is referring to the tendency to record Broadway shows in a rush, shortly after opening, usually in a single day, in fact, with only as much care as can be achieved in that time. Of course, it's also true that a cast fresh from the theater has an immediacy that's hard to reproduce nearly a decade (and hundreds of performances) later. The veteran cast members do a good job here, with Pascal, Dawson, Anthony Rapp, and Idina Menzel in particular working hard to re-create the passion that infused their initial performances. Still, this version takes a close second to the first one. (One extra song has been added at the end, the excellent "Love Heals," which Larson wrote for an AIDS benefit, not for the show.)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jonathan Larson   Primary Artist
Paul Bushnell   Bass,Bass Guitar
Greg Curtis   Organ
Aaron Lohr   Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Suzie Katayama   Accordion,Cello
Tim Weil   Piano
Taye Diggs   Vocals
Wilson Jermaine Heredia   Vocals
Anthony Rapp   Vocals
Gregory Curtis   Organ
Greg Suran   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Idina Menzel   Vocals
Dorian Crozier   Percussion,Drums
Jesse L. Martin   Vocals
Adam Pascal   Vocals
Rosario Dawson   Vocals
Tracie Thoms   Vocals
Wayne Wilcox   Vocals
Tim Davis   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Campbell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Doug McKean   Engineer
Rob Cavallo   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Tim Weil   Arranger,Vocal Conductor
Dann Thompson   Engineer
Dorian Crozier   Programming
Jonathan Larson   Composer,Lyricist,Book
Elan Trujillo   Engineer
Brian Cometa   Engineer
Chris Columbus   Liner Notes,Soundtrack Executive Producer

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Rent [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
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SEH221 More than 1 year ago
The music in this CD is amazing. I love the music of Rent and I recommend it to a mature audience, but anyone who love musicals and just a good story. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
i never thought i would like rent but i was so wrong! i love everything about the movie and the soundtrack!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not as great as the original Broadway cast but it is still amazing! I recommend it to anyone who is a "Renthead."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say after seeing the movie last night and listening to the soundtrack, I tend to favor the new cast recording a little better than the original. While I am sad at the abscence of Daphne Rubin-Vega from this soundtrack, I was glad that there was more music and less filler. The removal of "Contact" hepled me to appreciate the story more. I have seen the stage version twice-once on Broadway and plan to see the mvie a few more times! If anyone has not seen either the movie or the play- see both you won't regret it! There's No Day But Today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this cd somewhat. If you enjoyed the movie, the soundtrack is well worth the purchase. But, the soundtrack of the original Broadway play is much better. I would reccommend the original Broadway Cast recording over the movie soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album deffinetly brings a new light to the musical Rent! This album does bring new musical sounds to the songs, however I believe this album brings more acting within the songs than the original. Keep in mind that when the original cast had begun they were still piecing things together due to dear Larson's death without finishing the story. By now the story has been developed and will be different in some way. I would definetly recommend this CD to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont know if anyone here actually has seen the Broadway show, or knows what it is to be in a musical, but you rarely ever sing the show exactly the same everytime. And also, there were changes made to the show after the OBC recording. These changes are reflected in this recording. This is a film, not a stage version of Rent. The two are totally different and will sound different. And in my own humble opinion Rosario Dawson is so much better than Daphine Rubin-Vega. I actually hated "Out Tonight" till I saw it on Broadway and saw someone else sing it. I am not a Rubin-Vega fan. I thought that she was the weak link in the OBC. This recording has alot of power and passion, just like the OBC recording. That recording was theatre, and this recording is film, that is your difference.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of course, thsi is not the original cast. Nothing is better than that. I'd like to comment on one of the reviewers below who said "it's just not the same." Well, of course it's not! this is almost 10 years later! We can't expect it to be the same. Daphne is too old (and pregnant) to play Mimi anymore. She no longer "looks like she is 16". Fredi, too, is too old. This album is AMAZING. yes, not all songs from teh OBC are on it, but so much effort was put into this album, and it just couldn't be better. (The movie would simply be too long if they kept all the voicemails and tuneups)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, this is more of a comment towards the other commenters. This isnt the OBC. Obviously, these wonderful people arent going to sing everything the same because it has been how many years since the original recording? You cant judge any of the new in comparison to the old, so stop trying. Its just personal preference, and neither of them suck or whatnot. Theyre all amazing. Now, on to the real review! I love this soundtrack. Dare i say that i love it more then the OBC? I think I do dare... Granted i miss angel's part in "you'll see" but all in all, ive grown fond of the less bitter and angry roger, and the new mature sounding mimi. Musically it is fantastic, each song has so much more depth and emotion now, and its definitely going to be more appealing to a newer/younger generation of Rentheads :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The soundtrack is really awesome. I'm a really big fan of Rent. The music is awesome. I really enjoy listening to it. I sing to it all the time and love acting out the parts and what not. It's cool and fun and great
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rosario Dawson is no Daphne Rubin-Vega. I believe that is the reason this soundtrack carries less punch than the Original. Not to mention the missing Contact and the voice mails a wonderful touch of humor. Idina Menzel is brilliant as always, and I believe may be better on this than the orig. simply because she has grown as a performer. While I look forward to the film, I know enough not to expect the stage production even with the majority of the OBC assembled. It's a distinctly different medium and I think some of the scenes may have more depth simply beacuse they can be rendered from many more angles I also think the loss of Contact can lessen the overall impact of the play. I still don't understand why it was cut probably didn't want to offend the folks in the middle of the country. As for the Soundtrack, it's okay, but if you're expecting the power of the Original stick with Original, that's why it's called the Original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alright, when I was going into the theatre to see the RENT movie, I was expecting to hate it. I am always fussy to any little changes, and I was ready to trash it mercilessly. To my surprise, I rather enjoyed it. However, it simply wasn't as good as the OBC. Even the original cast members were not as good. The fact is that Rosario Dawson isn't much of a singer. In all honesty, neither is Daphne Rubin-Vega, but she perfectly fit the role of Mimi and sounded beautiful against Adam Pascal. Rosario was too strong and clashed with the rest of the cast. On the contrary, Adam seemed to be breathless the whole time. This is apparent in "One Song Glory" especially. Idina Menzel was lovely as always, but "Over the Moon" was a complete mess. It was boring and so many notes seemed wrong, particulary the final "leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap of faith". Anthony Rapp, however, seemed to have less of that...well...odd tone that he had in the OBC and his solo album "Look Around". Unhappily, that odd tone seemed to have been passed onto Wilson Jermaine Heredia. I do love Wilson, but...with this performance, he would not have won the Tony. Tracy Thoms is a good singer, but didn't have the right feel for Joanne. Fredi Walker was my favorite of the original cast though, so maybe I'm biased. The best of the bunch was probably Taye Diggs, who was as good or better than his performance in the OBC. Unfortunately, many of his parts were cut out! All in all, the OMC was fairly good, but I cannot see how people can truly fall in love with it like the OBC. (Now I feel bad for not mentioning Jesse L. Martin! I love him! There's just not much to say! Except...well...is it me or is his voice deeper on here than the OBC? It's probably just my oddness imagining things.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a "Rent Head", I expected some big improvements on the stellar Original Broadway Cast Album. Some of it succeeds (Rosario Dawson is a HUGE improvement over Daphne Rubin-Vega), but most of it lacks the urgency and energy of the OBCA. It's still an enjoyable listen, however, and there are several standouts, including Dawson's take on "Out Tonight". But I was totally blown away by Tracie Thoms! I only previously knew her as a funny comedian and the hilarious sidekick on "Wonderfalls", but I now know her as a phenomenal vocalist. Speaking of phenomenal, Idina Menzel is as amazing as ever (although I had to wonder if the producers asked her pull back a bit on "Over the Moon" as it is not as exciting as on the OBCA). The duet between Menzel and Thoms ("Take Me or Leave Me") is a definite showstopper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It just isn't as good as the original soundtrack. For some reason what made the original powerful and raw is just not there on this album. I have seen the show multiple times and I have the sountrack memorized and this just doens't cut it for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was great - until you hear Rosario Dawson sing. Absolutely terrible performance. The original soundtrack is just so much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
RENT was such an amazingly good heartbreaking story of true friendship and love. I would strongly recomend having parental supervision while watching RENT because this movie is rather inappropriate for anyone under 13.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rent is one of the best movie ever made. It has true character. It has a great cast but also has a great story line. It is about poor people who are living day to say with HIV and Aids. It taught poeple to apperciate life. Whatever is wrong with your life there is probably someone out there who has a worst life. So it was truly a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is about hypocracy and intolerance of some and love for those who "fit" into the molds we make. One of the characters is rebuffed by a homeless person in the same way that he later rebuffs a job offer. The group becomes intolerant of one of it's own who persues his dream and instead of working together to help the homeless the two groups fight and argue. It's a story about every person on the planet and while the movie is different then the play they are both terrific.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay!! Let me say I was happy to hear that most of the orginal cast of rent was coming back for the movie. I was dissapointed to find out that Rosario Dawson was going to play the part of Mimi. I really wanted Daphne Vega to repise her role. Rosario Dawson cannot register the High notes like she can. I dont think anyone can. But I would just get the soundtrack to hear the other orginal cast members. They all sound incredible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure that the other reviewer's listened to the same album I did. Sure the Original Broadway Soundtrack is great, but this is too! This recording is just as powerful and moving. No one should expect a 100% match to the original cast album, heck, it's been a few years. Some of the changes are improvements to the original. Although I was skeptical of Rosario Dawson at first, she immediately won me over. This album is a perfect 10. I can't wait for the movie to be released.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of course it's slightly different than the Broadway version, but it's fantastic. The music seems more current..fuller. I like having 2 versions of the same musical to choose from. And I think, 10 years later, you can hear the maturity and confidence in the performances of those cast members reprising their roles - in particular, Anthony Rapp, Idina Menzel, Jesse L. Martin and Adam Pascal. Again...LOVE IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is AMAZING! i love it soo much more than the OBC its more emotional and the original members (idina, adam, anthony, etc.) bring more richness into there roles and emotion into their song. I think that Tracie and Rosario were amazing replacements for daphne and fredi! I really recommend both the movie soundtrack and the OBC soundtrack they are both AMAZING!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In going to see RENT, I had no idea what to expect. Needless to say I was pretty blown away by it all, and it is now one of my favorite movies, if not my favorite. The music is a reflection of this and I prefer it to the OBC, as I think it is richer and sang with more emotion. Examples of this are found in song like, "One Song Glory", "Rent", and "I Should Tell You". I thought Roger was AMAZING!!! As was Angel, and Mimi too. This is one of my favorite CDs, and I listen to it all the time!!!