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Frozen 2 Disc Deluxe Edition Soundtrack
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Walt Disney Animation Studios' 'Frozen' features eight original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez ('In Transit,' 'Winnie the Pooh') and Tony Award-winning songwriter Robert Lopez ('Avenue Q,' 'The Book of Mormon'), plus a phenomenal score by the composer of last year's Oscar-winning short 'Paperman,' Christophe Beck. The original motion picture soundtrack, which features the end-credit recording of 'Let It Go' by Demi Lovato as well as performances by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff and more, is available for sale on Nov. 25, 2013. Directed by Chris Buck ('Tarzan,' 'Surf's Up') and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, 'Wreck-It Ralph'), who also wrote the screenplay, and produced by Peter Del Vecho ('Winnie the Pooh,' 'The Princess and the Frog') 'Frozen' hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 27, 2013.
2014 Academy Award(R) winner for Best Original Song 'Let it Go' and Best Animated Feature Film.
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Well, Frozen is an absolute win in the musical category, and if you’re a fan of Broadway, then you will be very, very pleased.
The orchestral score from Christophe Beck is quite, quite lovely, and pulls you strongly in to the film right from the beginning. But as solid as the score is, the actual songs are where Frozen soars.
“Frozen Heart” starts the film off strong with a solid, sea-chanty-esque rhthym, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” establishes the relationship between the sisters and is heart-breakingly sweet and sad at the same time. “Reindeers Are Better Than People” is a cute little ditty featuring Jonathan Groff, and “Fixer Upper” is fun and energetic and will make great background music when walking through the Disney parks.
But there are three songs that everyone will be talking about.
“For the First Time in Forever” (and its reprise) is the adult counter-point to “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and is absolutely essential to understanding who both Anna and Elsa are. It has a great build throughout, catchy lyrics, and really fun visuals. Think of it in the same vein as other Disney "I Want" Songs, and you won’t be far off at all.
“Love is an Open Door” is a really lovely love-song duet, and in a different film, could easily be the one that everyone will remember at the movie’s end. The opening and closing of doors is a recurring theme in Frozen, and when the song plays, it is easy to see how Anna can be swept away by her handsome prince.
Incidentally, although we’re past the point where this should be surprising, Kristin Bell has quite a lovely singing voice, and she’s really fun to listen to throughout.
But the breakout hit song of Frozen is, without question, “Let it Go.”
Anyone familiar with Idina Menzel’s career knows this, but that woman has an amazing voice, with a tone very unlike many others. She isn’t always technically perfect, but she is incredibly talented, and the imperfections in her voice are what allow it to bring so much emotion to what she sings. If you only know her from watching Glee, than this may surprise you. If you’re familiar with her from Rent, then you know she has the pipes, but you may not be prepared for her ability to reach in to your heart and twist. If you know Menzel from listening to Wicked, then you know what I’m talking about.
I was introduced to Idina Menzel’s singing when she performed “Defying Gravity” at the 2004 Tony Awards, and fell in love, rushing out to purchase the soundtrack. Although I love the entire show, “Defying Gravity” was my favorite feminine power ballad of all time, and remains a regular on my iPod.
“Let It Go” is better.
I want to talk about Disc 2 or the "Deluxe Edition" extras. I think the thing that bugs me most about Disc 2 is the talking before a lot of the tracks. They give you a brief introduction to the track telling you why it was not used in the film or why it was created originally. These are interesting for the first listen through but after that really ruin the music listening experience.
A soundtrack should contain music. If you're going to put in audio commentary the very least you could do is put them in a separate track so they can be trivially deleted. Unfortunately in this case they're integrated into the track so to extract them you'd have to manually go through and delete the first 10 or more seconds.
There are about 7 "outtakes' on Disc 2 all of which have talking. It is a darn shame too because some of those 7 tracks would have been quite good without the commentary. Some of the demo tracks and Instrumental Karaoke are decent however and lack the talking...
I'm not sure if I'd "recommend" the Deluxe Edition or not. There really are a couple of great tracks on Disc 2. I actually prefer the "Demo" track of "Love Is an Open Door" (track #2 Disc 2) to the full one found on Disc 1, it has a much more "chill" tone which works really well for such a cute song.
Frozen is a story that really boils down to the relationship between two sisters, and it’s that relationship that carries the story. The adventure along the way provides composer Christophe Beck with tons of great opportunities. Beck scored the Oscar winning short Paperman for Disney, and his impressive work there got him the feature gig here. He does not dissapoint. The Norweigian inspired score opens with a wonderful chant titled “Eatnemen Vuelie” featuring an all-female chorus collectively known as Cantus. The piece was not composed by Beck, but by Frode Fjellheim and serves as the bookending theme to open and close the whole experience. Beck’s original score is not overshadowed though. He manages to deliver a beautiful score filled with wonder, excitement, and a vibrant emotional reflection of our two main leads. Beck handles all the magic and wonder of the story with ease while still adding fun character touches such as music for Olaf. The style is pure orchestral goodness with the hint of a fairy tale feel. The motifs and themes Beck builds never get overpowered by the songs and in turn deliver a rich and emotional experience.
Now, the songs by the Lopez duo match the excellence of the score. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez wrote songs for the 2011 film Winnie The Pooh, so they do have a history with Disney. Robert also wrote the songs for some high-profile musicals like The Book Of Mormon and Avenue Q. Never mind that those musicals have some of the funniest and vulgur songs ever put in musicals. Robert is on his best Disney behavior here. Frozen's songs are catchy and feel as if they do come from within the characters. They definitely do have a stage performance feel to them. That’s a great thing since every number feels like a performance yet still manages to feel organic to the character performing them. If I have one criticism it would be that “Let It Go” feels just a tiny bit too much like a pop song. Other than that the songs do add to Disney’s wonderful legacy.
Frozen is truly a terrific film with everything you’d want from a movie made under the house of mouse. Co-director Chris Buck has a long history with Disney as an animator on films like The Fox And The Hound, The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas. Buck also co-directed Tarzan. Co-Director Jennifer Lee is a bit of a newcomer just having co-written Wreck-It Ralph under her belt. However, the directing duo delivers a wonderful winter adventure that his headlined by some fantastic score and wonderful songs. Christophe Beck surly surprises with his abilities here and delivers a wonderful score. And team Lopez wrote fantastic songs that felt organic to the characters singing them. The whole film is a collaborative success and will be looked back on as the film that signaled Disney’s return to animation greatness without relying on Pixar. The soundtrack comes in two editions, standard and deluxe. The deluxe edition comes with a second disc of demos and alternate versions.