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Thursday, August 10, 2006

CD REVIEW - The Wild

The Wild
Music by Alan Silvestri + songs by various artists
Walt Disney 0946 3 62896 2 S (U.S.)
14 Tracks 47:15 mins

Despite the album to this computer generated animation from Disney commencing with 4 songs, including one presumably specially composed for the film, "Really Nice Day" by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, a sing-a-long pseudo-African number, there is still a generous helping of Alan Silvestri's orchestral score to be had, the 9 tracks totalling just over 31 minutes.
This is Silvestri in the largely action-packed style of Back to the Future or The Mummy Returns, with both a menacing, often percussive theme and a bold, heroic theme well in evidence. There are quieter, more serene moments, but these are few and far between, and of course, for a comedy, there are naturally humorous passages, some quite slap sticky. With most tracks averaging 3-4 minutes, there's plenty of room for development and this makes for a more satisfying listen than often is the case with soundtrack albums for these kinds of films, and comedies in general.


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