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Audio CD, Import, International Edition, January 1, 2005
The soundtrack features original score from acclaimed composer Harry Gregson-Williams, plus end title single and inspired by tracks from some of the today's leading pop and alternative artists. Disney. 2005.
Not to be confused with the collection Songs Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia, this album is Harry Gregson-Williams's instrumental score for the movie. Marking the composer's third collaboration with director Andrew Adamson (after both Shrek flicks), this score also is one of the more mature offerings from Gregson-Williams, best known for his work on family films. The music is lush and assured, if a bit predictable. Indeed, it fits squarely in the current style popular for big epics--even using (on a few tracks) the vocals of Lisbeth Scott, which fall halfway between those of Enya and the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser (both of whom, uncoincidentally, appeared on the Lords of the Rings soundtracks). The CD concludes with four songs, with Gregson-Williams cowriting Scott's "Where." On "Can't Take It In," Imogen Heap's vocal acrobatics eerily recall those of the Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, while Alanis Morissette's "Wunderkind" is an inspirational, almost girl-powerish track written from the point of view of the movie's Lucy. But the best of these songs is "Winter Light" by Tim Finn, four minutes of understated, piano-driven melancholia. Look for it tucked near the very end of the CD. Note that the soundtrack comes also as a two-CD special edition . The second disc is a DVD that includes galleries of film stills and concept art, a featurette about the recordings of the score and a making-of featurette. There's also a segment in which the (mostly) Christian bands involved in the Songs Inspired by... album talk about their involvement in that project. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
This music is AMAZING!!! It's so dramatic. You'll have it stuck in your head for weeks though.Published 1 month ago by Teresa
Probably the best scoring that I've ever heard. I never get tired listening to these compositions. Arrangements are just amazing and there are some parts where I would have... Read morePublished 3 months ago by don thompson
This is a very nice CD. I ordered it recently, and I got it yesterday.
I am only giving it 4 stars because when I opened the package up, I found the case broken. Read more
Loved the CD! It came in record time and was intact. The music played beautifully also.Published 6 months ago by melissaallheart149
This music soundtrack beautifully captures all the different nuances of the themes and events in the movie. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Edward Ruscil
Definitely something different to listen to when I am caught up in the world. I often listen to movie soundtracks, but this one quickly became my favorite.Published 8 months ago by Christa S.