Unexpected Songs: Top Ten Compositions By Andrew Lloyd Webber

By Ben Rimalower
19 Oct 2013

5. "Buenos Aires" from Evita

 

 

There is much to love throughout "Buenos Aires" from the jaunty memorable opening line, "What's new, Buenos Aires?" through peppy patter verses and a winsome bridge, straight out to the memorable mock humility of "just a little touch of star quality." Unfortunately, some of the lyrics are impossible to sing intelligibly — either because of how they're set or because they're just wonky phrases — and the whole thing lacks any specific feeling for the actual city. So, "Buenos Aires" was never likely to enter the collective consciousness of great urban anthems like "New York, New York" and "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," but it's such a fun song, it almost gets you there.



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