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Tuesday, April 01, 2008


Horton Hears a Who!
Music by John Powell
Varese Sarabande VSD
34 Tracks 59:54 mins

With his scores to such recent animations as Ice Age 2 and Robots, John Powell has shown he is a contemporary master of the art and, with his latest effort for what is possibly the most successful cinematic adaptation of a Dr. Seuss story yet, he only reinforces that mastery.
There is much variety in the score, with moments of drama, excitement, awe and inspiration, sometimes featuring both orchestral and choral forces, together with much lighter, comical moments, with suitable quirkiness when required, a surprising Latin feel on occasion, and even a little funk thrown in.
As you can probably guess by the sheer number of tracks, quite a few of the cues are quite short, as is often the case in animation, but the disc has been presented so that one track flows easily into another and, although stylistically the music is all over the shop, it is filled with melodies, or fragments thereof, all of it blending together in a pretty seamless whole, making for another thoroughly enjoyable listening experience from the pen of one of the finest composers working in film today. One of the scores of the year thus far.


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