For many people across the world, the only thing they know about Argentina is what they learned from the film Evita , starring Madonna. We take a look inside the origins of this dramatic and catchy tune. But she was much more than that. Sung by Madonna, who famously campaigned for the role by sending the director a four page letter about why she should have the role, the song was originally written for a concept album called Evita , and was later performed as part of a theatre piece of the same name in
The Recording Industry Association of America considers double CD as two different units, resulting in the quintuple platinum certification for shipments of 2. While drafting the script, Parker had re-written the last act, removing the repetitive content of the original play. As well as producing the album, Lloyd Webber and Rice also performed on the recording. Sales increased by It proceeds in the same way and gradually fades out.
Madonna staked much of her career on Evita , gambling that it would establish her as a proper movie star and a respected actress, as well as reviving her slumping musical career. Both the film and the soundtrack, while worthy efforts, fall just short of their goals, despite their numerous strong points. The double-disc soundtrack to Evita -- which essentially is an audio document of the entire film, since there is no dialogue in the movie -- is an exquisitely produced and expertly rendered version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock-inspired musical, yet it remains curiously unengaging. Part of the reason is Madonna's performance. While she gives a startlingly accomplished and nuanced performance -- her voice actually sounds like it matures over the course of the album -- it is impossible to listen to her without getting the impression that she is trying really hard to be credible, which makes it difficult to connect with her. It doesn't help that her supporting cast of Jonathan Pryce and Antonio Banderas are only fitfully successful; Banderas' performance, in particular, suffers from being removed from the visuals.
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