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Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Music by Michael Giacchino
Walt Disney Records 397 1962 (EU)
24 Tracks 62:36 mins

Director Brad Bird and composer Michael Giacchino are reunited on this latest Pixar production, following their great success on The Incredibles, and apparently it was all a bit last minute, though you'd never know it, either by the quality of the film, by all accounts, or that of the music.
This generous album commences in fine style with the main theme, presented initially as a delightful, lilting song, performed in French by Camille. Giacchino threads this theme subtly throughout subsequent score tracks, giving it all kinds of treatments, sometimes mixing it in with his action music, at others letting it sing on violin. But this is but one of several themes he plays with in his score, which also boasts some foot-tapping latin flavoured moments, and some "with it" jazz, as well as more straight-ahead orchestral music. In fact, it's a rare album where every track has something to offer and will surely prove to be one of the scores of the year.
A fine "End Creditouilles" suite brings the score to an end, reprising and developing a lot of the material that has gone before, with a lovely straight instrumental playing of the gorgeous main theme to close.
The accompanying booklet features colour stills, full music credits plus a note from Brad Bird. This is an album every self-respecting film music fan should have in their collection. I can't wait to see the film.


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