I’m really enjoying this CD from the newest Muppets film. . The music is fun and the styles are all over the place.
Here are a few facts you might want to know:
Instead of mixing in the “orchestral score” by Christophe Beck (responsible for “Frozen”’s ST, the CD mixes the 12 new songs (most, not all were written by Brett McKenzie) with three “covers” recorded separately, including Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” and the Allan Toussaint composition (Lee Dorsey hit) “Working In A Coal Mine”, with short pieces of dialog. This is followed by the “Muppets Most Wanted Score Suite which runs just over three minutes (alert to “score collectors”.) My favorite track is the first “vocal” track on the album, - “We’re Doing A Sequel”. It’s catchy and will keep coming back to you a day or two after hearing it.
As for the “special appearances” by some celebrities, only Tina Fey gets a full song and Ricky Gervais gets half of one. Tony Bennett gets – ready? – THREE words in the only song he is in and Lady Gaga (in the same song) gets two more words than Tony! Josh Grobman shows up in two other songs with two lines each time. And Celine Dion gets to duet with Miss Piggy (really!) but only on the chorus to their duet. So don’t get this for those appearances.
I really like the “bonus tracks”. All are performed by McKenzie, but they are fully fleshed out with other singers on the four “demos”. What’s nice in the demos is that you can – usually – hear the clever lyrics than in the fully illustrated versions. The 5th “bonus” is an “outtake” – “What You Want”.
The CD includes a 24-page booklet that includes the lyrics to all the NEW songs. This is really helpful since you will probably miss some of the great puns in McKenzie’s lyrics. I will say, however, that the idea of printing some of this info in bright GREEN type (yes, I know Kermit is green) will only make you reach for a magnifying glass to read those words.
There is literally something for everyone in this 51-minute CD.
There’s some fun humor here and if you liked the previous Muppet soundtracks you’ll like this. The film hits theaters next Friday (March 21, 2014) and I was hoping for a press preview here in Philly but none were scheduled in the city so I can’t tell you much about that or how the songs fit into the plot. In the official press release to the Soundtrack McKenzie states that "the songs are all plot specific" so they might make more sense after you see the film.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
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