Mamma Mia! … Meryl and Pierce really can sing

The soundtrack to the new Mamma Mia! movie is released this week, featuring some surprisingly good renditions of 18 classic ABBA songs by an all-singing, all-dancing cast led by Meryl Streep. Apparently, all of the actors did their own singing without a stunt double in sight.

 

Produced by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the album manages to recapture a lot of the original ABBA magic – with Benny & Björn coaxing some good vocal performances from Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Christina Baranski, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters and Colin Firth (the latter, it seems, used to be in a band).

 

Meryl Streep will surprise a lot of people with her heartbreaking version of ‘The Winner Takes it All’, while Christina Baranski’s ‘Does Your Mother Know’ is outstanding. Pierce Brosnan delivers some moving vocals alongside Streep on ‘When All Is Said And Done’. And the Meryl Streep/Julie Walters version of ‘Dancing Queen’ is certainly … um … a real collector’s item.

 

A must-have for ABBA and Meryl Streep fans alike.

Mamma Mia! – The Movie Soundtrack (Polydor).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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