Tuesday, January 13, 2004

submeat's top 100 tracks of 2003: songs to download and love

#76 "Overture/And All That Jazz," Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, and Taye Diggs (Epic Soundtrax)

I'm not a fan of show tunes, period. But Chicago broke through that barrier for me due ot its sheer excitement, and the brilliance of its performances. And don't give me that "Bebe Neuwirth was better" blah blah blah. That may be true - but it shouldn't take away from what Ms. Zeta-Jones brought to the role. Her Oscar-winning performance was stunning, the definition of "scene-stealing." The key to it, of course, was her singing (and dancing) - which is astounding. Zellweger and Diggs get credits on this track, but it's all Zeta-Jones. It doesn't hurt, either, that Chicago may be Kander & Ebb's crowning achievement - what a score! And it scores big, natch.

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