Alegria / Cirque du Soleil : 3 of 5
After experiencing the spectacle of Cirque du Soleil, there's just no way to leave the tent without something to commemorate the show. Since I was so impressed with the live music, I decided to get the CD, and it's just as good as hearing it live (in fact, I believe most of the tracks are live cuts from various performances). The use of percussion is fantastic, with tons of cool toys being used sparsely for just the right sound at the right moment. The accordion and saxophone are a wonderful, melancholy duet, and the singer (the same one I saw in Austin) is really talented - she has a scratchy voice in places, but uses it to great effect.