We regret not laying our hands on this soundtrack album before watching the movie. If you haven’t already heard, the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Classics series will send of musical epics into ecstatic frenzies. There is a sing along moment every other scene, and a true Disney fan’s movie experience will not be complete until every word of the songs’ lyrics is etched into the mind.
This 69 minute album is generous on music, with 10 song cues and 22 score tracks. The story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen features Kristen Bell as Anna the idealistic princess, Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen, Jonathan Grodd as Kristoff the handsome dude from the mountains, Santino Fontana the handsome price with an ulterior motive and Josh Gad the snowman who wants nothing more than a summer experience.
The ensemble cast put on a bravado performance with the songs in the movie. There’s the cheery turned melancholic “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?”, the stirring “For The First time In Forever” and the cutesy duet “Love Is An Open Door”, tunes which give the soundtrack a strong head start. Then Menzel, a Broadway performer, belts out the emotional “Let It Go”, the song which easily earns the highest recommendation in this CD. We are expecting it to take home numerous Best Song prizes at the awards. The radio friendly version performed by Demi Lovato is easy on the ears too, with its pop arrangement.
Elsewhere, you’ll be entertained by the brief but funny “Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People”, the humourously written “In Summer” and the folksy “Fixer Upper”. Written and composed by husband and wife team Robert Lopez (who’s known for his work on award winning musicals like Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon) and Kristen Anderson Lopez, these songs are going to stick around for some time.
The rest of the album is a collection of score material by Christophe Beck (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Muppets), and they evoke adventures in the magical world concocted by Disney artists. This soundtrack is a must own, and we guarantee it will be on loop this holiday season.
Recommended Track: (5) Let It Go – performed by Idina Menzel
Review by John Li