I picked up the soundtrack from the movie Rent this evening, and I've just given it a runthrough. In situations like this, where I know the source material like the back of my hand, I am typically an extremely harsh critic.
In a word, wow. The music is incredibly faithful to the source material, and I was surprised by how familiar everything felt. At the same time, this recording is cleaner, richer, more brilliant. It sparkles. It soars. I was all warmed up to hate this, and I just can't do it-- it's wonderful.
I'll try to see the movie in London.