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Monday, January 08, 2007

CD REVIEW - Happy Feet

Happy Feet
Music by John Powell
Atlantic Records (catalogue number not yet known) (U.S.A.)
29 Tracks 67:57 mins

Following the CD release of songs, plus a suite of Powell's music, from the animated triumph Happy Feet, Atlantic Records has released a generous album of the composer's incidental score for the film, and it's another winner from a man who can by now almost be called a veteran of composing for animated films.
The CD gets off to a strong start with "The Huddle," which starts out powerfully with a huge choir giving a very tribal feel, before being joined by full orchestral forces. Over the many tracks that follow, some quite brief, but others longer, Powell's music takes many twists and turns, covering the various moods and action of the story. There are tender, romantic moments for flute, harp and strings, and some adventurous and more menacing action moments, with a return to the Media Ventures sound at times. I particularly enjoyed his Zorro-like music for the Adelie penguins, all guitars, castinets etc., providing some thrilling moments. By complete contrast, the Lovelace character, voiced by Robin Williams, is accompanied by a soul-filled sound - very Barry Whiteish. Choir is used throughout, with some big, awe-filled moments on show. All in all, a very entertaining package indeed!
Working from an advance copy of the album, generously provided by Costa Communications, I have been unable to ascertain the catalogue number but, as long as you make it clear you're looking for the score album when ordering, you should have no problem.


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