Mulan (Soundtrack) by Various Artists
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Lea Salonga, best known as the voice of Jasmine in Aladdin
, steals the show here as the title character in Disney's Mulan
. The former star of Miss Saigon
adds touching elements to the feature, especially on introspective numbers such as "Reflection." Unfortunately, the voice of Donny Osmond, relegated to anthems such as "I'll Make a Man Out of You" doesn't really enhance the story line, a saga set in ancient China. Jerry Goldsmith provides the Far East tinge to the score, almost reminiscent of early Les Baxter. While Mulan
is a far cry from the memorable Beauty and the Beast
, it is both funny and charming. --Jason Verlinde