MOANA - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2016)




Disney’s 56th animated feature film may feature a strong willed daughter of a Polynesian tribe chief, but it is, in many ways, similar to Frozen (2013), the animation studio’s other commercial hit. And this became clear the moment we heard “How Far I’ll Go”, the soundtrack’s most radio friendly tune – “Let It Go”, anyone?

Performed by Auli’I Cravalho, the song is a signature Disney anthem where the protagonist sings about her struggles before realising how important it is to stay true to herself (other classic tunes of the same ‘genre’ include Pocahontas’ “Colours of the Wind” and Mulan’s “Reflections”). With the newfound strength, she will overcome all obstacles and achieve the unachievable. Boasting soaring melodies and grand orchestrations, this song (which is revisited in “How Far I’ll Go (Reprise) and “I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)”) will have young girls everywhere braving the storm and going out there to pursue their dreams.

The highly recommended soundtrack combines traditional South Pacific culture with pop and Broadway elements, and the producers hired Broadway playwright, songwriter and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer Mark Mancina and Samoan singer-songwriter Opetaia Foa'I for the job.

From the first track “Tulou Tagaloa”, it sets the tone with the cue’s rhythmic tribal beats. “We Know The Way” and its finale version are uplifting and optimistic tracks that will have you feeling that you are sailing on the high seas.

Two interesting cues are Jermaine Clement’s villain song “Shiny”, a psychedelically unique song and Dwayne Johnson’s “You’re Welcome”, a very fun and catchy song which we hope can get more attention. Plus, who doesn’t want to hear The Rock rap?

The 76 minute soundtrack also contains a generous amount of score material chronicling Moana’s adventure – from the mystic “He Was You” and “The Ocean Chose You” to the majestic “Sails to Te Fiti” and “The Return to Voyaging”. The deluxe edition adds an additional disc with 44 minutes of demos, outtakes and instrumental karaoke tracks. This album is definitely a soundtrack fans should own.  

ALBUM RATING:

 

Recommended Track: 
Disc One (7) You’re Welcome – Dwayne Johnson

Review by John Li

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TRACK LISTING
  DISC ONE
1
Tulou Tagaloa - Olivia Foa'i
2
An Innocent Warrior - Matthew Ineleo and Sulata Foai-Amiatu and Vai Mahina
3
Where You Are - Auli'i Cravalho and Christopher Jackson and Louise Bush and Nicole Scherzinger and Rachel House
4
How Far I'll Go - Auli'i Cravalho
5
We Know The Way - Lin-Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa'i
6
How Far I'll Go (Reprise) - Auli'i Cravalho
7
You're Welcome - Dwayne Johnson
8
Shiny - Jemaine Clement
9
Logo Te Pate - Olivia Foa'i and Opetaia Foa'i and Talaga Steve Sale
10
I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors) - Auli'i Cravalho and Rachel House
11
Know Who You Are - Auli'i Cravalho and Matthew Ineleo and Olivia Foa'i and Opetaia Foa'i and Vai Mahina
12
We Know The Way (Finale) - Lin-Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa'i
13
How Far I'll Go (Alessia Cara Version) - Alessia Cara
14
You're Welcome (Jordan Fisher/Lin-Manuel Miranda Version) [feat. Lin-Manuel Miranda] - Jordan Fisher
15
Prologue - Mark Mancina
16
He Was You - Mark Mancina
17 Village Crazy Lady - Mark Mancina
18 Cavern - Mark Mancina
19 The Ocean Chose You - Mark Mancina
20 The Hook - Mark Mancina
21 Tala's Deathbed - Mark Mancina
22 Battle of Wills - Mark Mancina
23 Kakamora - Mark Mancina
24 Wayfinding - Mark Mancina
25 Climbing - Mark Mancina
26 Tamatoa's Lair - Mark Mancina
27 Great Escape - Mark Mancina
28 If I Were The Ocean - Mark Mancina
29 Te Ka Attacks - Mark Mancina
30 Maui Leaves - Mark Mancina
31 Heartache - Mark Mancina
32 Tala Returns - Mark Mancina
33 Sails to Te Fiti - Mark Mancina
34 Shiny Heart - Mark Mancina
35 Te Fiti Restored - Mark Mancina
36 Hand of a God - Mark Mancina
37 Voyager Tagaloa - Mark Mancina
38 Toe Feiloa'i - Mark Mancina
39 Navigating Home - Mark Mancina
40 The Return to Voyaging - Mark Mancina
   

DISC TWO
1 Unstoppable (outtake) - Lin-Manuel Miranda
2 More (outtake) - Marcy Harriell
3 More (reprise - outtake) - Marcy Harriell 
4 Warrior Face (outtake) - Lin-Manuel Miranda
5 Where You Are (demo) - Lin-Manuel Miranda
6 You're Welcome (demo) - Lin-Manuel Miranda
7 Shiny (demo) - Lin-Manuel Miranda
8 Prologue (score demo) - Mark Mancina
9 Village Crazy Lady (score demo) - Mark Mancina
10 Cavern (score demo) - Mark Mancina
11 Kakamora (score demo) - Mark Mancina
12 It's Called Wayfinding (score demo) - Mark Mancina
13 Maui Leaves (score demo) - Mark Mancina
14 Sails to Te Fiti (score demo) - Mark Mancina
15 Maui Battles (score demo) - Mark Mancina
16 Sea Monsters (score demo) - Mark Mancina
17 Tala Returns (score demo) - Mark Mancina
18 How Far I'll Go (instrumental karaoke)
19 You're Welcome (instrumental karaoke)

 

 ABOUT THE SOUNDTRACK

Composer: Mark Mancina
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: November 18, 2016