Without giving too much of the story away then, here are a few stand-out tracks. Of the most subtly oustanding elements here for me, are the ballads of Sweeney Todd. These poke up four times throughout the musical, and are sang from the point of view of people standing by. This not only gives the sense of a story being told, but carries that story along magnificently. They're the interludes between acts in a way, and as well as being exceptionally performed, the music in them is orchestrated beautifully. The acting from Len Caribou is also excellent. He sounds decidedly older than Johnny Depp if you've seen that film, but that's a good thing. There is a sense of a man, broken and treated terribly throughout his life, and in a way there is something a lot darker about a man your father's age killing people. Mrs Lovett also sounds more like a poor Londoner and Judge Turpin a dirty old man. Song-wise, each and every one is written with a passion that comes across and makes this a polished work worthy of it's acclaim. From the catchy 'Green Finch And Linnet Bird' to the hilarious 'Pirelli's miracle elixir' and 'Parlor Songs', they are all absolutely inspiring, and true theatrical classics.
It's quite hard to write about the songs when you don't want to spoil the story, or it's exceptional surprise ending. And I really don't. You need to listen through the whole twenty-nine tracks yourself in order to truly experience the impression it leaves. I've listened to most of the great musicals, and this is on par with the likes of 'Les Miserables' and 'Phantom of the Opera', if not better. It's gripping and ever-fresh sound draws you back to it again and again. It's a dark and thought-provoking mix of both the humorous, catchy and serious, all of which fuse to create something varied and attention grabbing. This isn't like one of our usual reviews, but needs proclaiming. This is must, so check out Stephen Sondheim's musical epic, 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'.