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Friday, August 01, 2014

Soundtrack Review:Frozen

Songwriters and composers:Christophe Beck, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and Robert Lopez

Genres:
Soundtrack, pop

Notes:Album art taken from Wikipedia.

General thoughts:
When I wrote my review for one of Disney's recent hits, I expressed disappointment with the music. Some of it was good, but most of it was just, meh.

While Kristen Bell's voice was ultimately better than Idina Menzel's, her character was more annoying and her lyrics harder to take seriously.

The score was nothing to get excited about. And in some places, it skipped (which might have just been my computer, though).

So overall, if you like the movie, you should get this. Otherwise, buy the tracks you like and be done with it.

Spoilers for Frozen.

Track Listing

1. Frozen Heart
Thoughts:
This is performed by the ice cutters at the start of the movie. It's about the "frozen heart" being both beautiful and dangerous. I kind of liked it.
2. Do You Want To Build A Snowman?
Thoughts:
This is about Anna wanting Elsa to come out and spend time with her. It's okay.
3. For The First Time In Forever
Thoughts:
Most of this is Anna eager at the thought that the castle will be full of people and celebration. Some of her lines aren't needed ("Don't know if I'm elated or gassy"). Then her sister gets in on it with self-doubt and fear, which was a good part.
4. Love Is An Open Door
Thoughts:
This is the romantic duet. Given context, it's hard to enjoy it at face value.
5. Let It Go
Thoughts:
Ah, the song the movie is most famous for. Basically, Elsa finally starts to embrace her powers rather than conceal them. It's one of the best tracks here.
6. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People
Thoughts:
Goofy, but I think Kristoff's doing Sven's "voice" is slightly annoying.
7. In Summer
Thoughts:
This is a cute (and darkly humorous song) about Olaf the snowman wanting to experience summer. One of the better tracks.
8. For The First Time In Forever (Reprise)
Thoughts:
This marks the sister's reunion. It's still Anna being optimistic (in this case believing Elsa can just thaw the ice even when told otherwise) and Elsa feeling upset with herself.
9. Fixer Upper
Thoughts:
This is sung by the trolls trying to fix up Kristoff and Anna. It's kind of annoying, doesn't even have the cuteness and dark humor of Olaf's song, and plot-wise nearly kills Anna because they took several extra minutes to get her help.
10. Let It Go [Single version]
Thoughts:
This is a slightly different version of the song as performed by Demi Lovato. It has a less excited and a more relieved tone to it.
11. Vuelie
12. Elsa And Anna
13. The Trolls
14. Coronation Day
15. Heimr Àrnadalr
16. Winter's Waltz
17. Sorcery
18. Royal Pursuit
19. Onward And Upward
20. Wolves
21. The North Mountain
22. We Were So Close
23. Marshmallow Attack!
24. Conceal, Don't Feel
25. Only An Act Of True Love
26. Summit Siege
27. Return To Arendelle
28. Treason
29. Some People Are Worth Melting For
30. Whiteout
31. The Great Thaw (Vuelie Reprise)
32. Epilogue


So what did you think?


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