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Artistes: Various
Decca Records
Release Date: November 17, 2009



Lollipop - Sophie Green
Long Tall Sally - John Sloman
Tried To Save The World - Tom Cawte
Ding Ding A Boom Boom - Keith Murrell
Gonna Be A Star - Tom Cawte
Be Bop A Lula - Chris Cawte
Greased Lightnin' - Lance Ellington
Unchained Melody - Keith Murrell
Mr. Sandman - Peter Gosling
Stick To The Man - Tom Cawte
Space Oddity - Keith Murrell
Planet 51 Orchestral Suite - London Metropolitan Orchestra


We really don’t know what to make of this soundtrack album to the animated comedy about a human astronaut who lands on an alien planet. Is meant for human consumption? Or are the songs in this 43 minute disc meant for the aliens’ little green ears? Whatever it is, this lightweight compilation promised a whole lot of harmless fun that is accessible to both humans and aliens.

Sophie Green’s very energetic “Lollipop” (you’d be a party pooper if you don’t sway along to the fun melody of this party favourite) paves the way for the 10 songs which will follow. John Sloman’s rock and roll happy “Long Tall Sally”, Keith Murrell’s psychedelically happy “Ding Ding A Boom Boom” and Chris Cawte’s howl out loud happy “Be Bop a Lula” will probably give you an idea what kind of mood the album producers would like to instill in you.

Elsewhere, expect familiar favourites like “Greased Lightnin’” performed by Lance Ellington (no, you are not getting any Travolta butt shaking fun here), “Unchained Melody” performed by Keith Murrell (no, not Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore here either) and “Mr. Sandman” performed by Peter Gosling (no, nothing scary about this sandman) would have you smiling about the good old times you’ve missed so much.

While the songs on this compilation are not anything too memorable to go by, the inconsequential songs (they would be probably be readily available on other CDs), are perfect for killing time while waiting for your next appointment.

The soundtrack concludes with “Planet 51 Orchestral Suite” a seven minute score track composed by James Brett. What begins sounding like a grand adventure gradually segues into a softer and lyrical orchestration arrangement which is pleasant to the ears. This may not be any more memorable than the songs you heard before this, but this cue does bring the album to an appropriate end. The only issue now is, when would you revisit this planet and its songs again?


Recommended Track: (1)
Lollipop – Sophie Green

Review by John Li

Posted on 14 December 2009


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