One of my favorite things to do is listen to music and I was very interested in this soundtrack so I ordered it before it's release day. I debated between the deluxe edition and Beauty And The Beast (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) and decided to get the deluxe edition with the score since I used to play in the pit orchestra and love instrumental music.
As I'm writing this review, I haven't yet seen the movie so I can't comment on how the music fits in with the movie. I can only write about the soundtrack itself. That being said, I love this soundtrack, even though it's different from the soundtrack for the animated movie. Alan Menken, composer for some of the songs in the animated version, is back and has composed a beautiful score, which I've listened to a number of times since receiving this. I think the easiest way to enjoy this soundtrack for what it is, is to expect that it's going to sound different from the animated movie's soundtrack, which is what I tried my best to do.
The deluxe edition contains two discs full of music. Disc one consists of 19 songs by various artists plus 5 demo songs by Alan Menken. Disc two has 28 songs that make up the score. The songs on disc one are entertaining and a joy to listen to. I really enjoy the song "Belle" performed by Emma Watson, Luke Evans and the rest of the villagers of Belle's provincial French town. I don't think singing is one of Emma Watson's specialties but I still feel she did a good job singing for this movie. I also like "Be Our Guest," "Something There," "Beauty and the Beast," "Evermore," and "How Does a Moment Last Forever." While listening to the song "Beauty and the Beast" performed by Ariana Grande and John Legend, it's hard not to compare it to the version sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson from the animated movie. I like this version and it's beautiful in its own way. I love that Celine Dion has returned to beautifully sing "How Does a Moment Last Forever" and Josh Groban's powerful voice is amazing in "Evermore."
The score is definitely my favorite part of this soundtrack! I love the instrumentals and could listen to them all day, when we aren't listening to
, that is. Some of the songs also sound like beautiful French music, which is appropriate considering the movie is set in France.
Overall, I'm very impressed with how beautiful this soundtrack is. It's a beautiful masterpiece and it makes me even more excited to see the movie! If you purchase the audio CD version, the music is on two separate discs and the booklet contains the lyrics for all of the songs. The one thing I was disappointed in is that there wasn't auto-rip for the CD version so keep that in mind when you are purchasing this soundtrack. Luckily, we still have a couple CD players around. If you love instrumental music in addition to the songs, I highly recommend this deluxe edition. I haven't even seen the movie yet and I'm beyond excited to see it, just from listening to the music!