Not to be confused with the collection Songs Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia,
this album is Harry Gregson-Williams' instrumental score for the movie. Marking the composer's third collaboration with director Andrew Adamson (after both Shrek
movies), 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 "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. The second disc in this special edition package 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 contributions to that project. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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. This 2 CD set includes a 40 page collectible souvenir booklet filled with film imagery and liner notes. Disney. 2005.