Friday 12 July 2013

Monsters University Soundtrack Review

Now if you didn't know it by now, we are huge Disney fans in the Hazelden household, well if you don't count Daddy Hazelden that is!! So when I was offered the chance to review the Monsters University Soundtrack I said a big fat YES.

Monsters University is the newest film from Disney-Pixar, coming to a cinema near you this Summer. The director, Dan Scanlon, said that he really wanted to capture the "college feel" in Monsters University and of the course the music was a really big part of that. To convey a fun, freewheeling college atmosphere, Scanlon included musicians Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso (of swedish house mafia) on the soundtrack.

I love this CD, all the music is composed and conducted by the wonderful Randy Newman. The music really is his typical style which I think a lot of us have come to love from films like the original Monster Inc and Toy Story. It really brings the various scenes of the film to life without actually having to watch it. 

Now this isn't your typical "soundtrack" in my opinion, it is more of a "score" because there is actually only one song on the album with lyrics and that is the final song on the CD, this however doesn't take away from the brilliance of the music. I think because there different tempo songs that portray different emotions, it really keeps you interested. 

Here is the track listing :

1. Randy Newman - Main Title
 2. Randy Newman - Young Michael
 3. Randy Newman - First Day at MU
 4. Randy Newman - Dean Hardscrabble
 5. Randy Newman - Sulley
 6. Randy Newman - Scare Pig
 7. Randy Newman - Wasted Potential
 8. Randy Newman - Oozma Kappa
 9. Randy Newman - Stinging Glow Urchin
 10. Randy Newman - Field Trip
 11. Randy Newman - Rise and Shine
 12. Randy Newman - The Library
 13. Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso - Roar
 14. Randy Newman - The Scare Games
 15. Randy Newman - Did You Do This?
 16. Randy Newman - Human World
 17. Randy Newman - The Big Scare
 18. Randy Newman - Goodbyes
 19. Randy Newman - Mike and Sulley
 20. Randy Newman - Monsters University

It is funny actually, the kids and I all had the same favourite song, Scare Pig, I think maybe because it was a bit more rocky with a faster pace?? 

I think Newman made the music really stand out by adding in the drums and the wonderful composer also said that he incorporated concert band music to really exemplify the feeling of being in school and I have to say I really do think he achieved this!!

Available now, in digital release only, this soundtrack is a great way to introduce classical sounds to your children, keeping it fun and entertaining, it is one for all of the family to listen to, it is just under an hour long, definitely worth the money you pay.

Disclaimer : I was sent a a copy of this soundtrack to download free of charge to review however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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