Shrek Forever After - OST

2010-07-19 08:44
 
Shrek Forever After
 
Animated movies these days, much like the kids who enjoy them, are cheeky. And the Shrek movies have been leading the charge, with their masterful, highly entertaining reinterpretations of old, over-familiar fairytales, characters that are sometimes unlikable and oftentimes mischievous, and their knowing wink to the popular culture landscape. It all adds up to one of the most irresistible franchises, even as the quality of subsequent releases has been waning.

Shrek is all about reckless fun, and the music has been a central part of that experience. The Monkees' 60s hit "I'm A Believer" became an anthem for a new generation after Smashmouth (whatever happened to them?) had their way with it. And it looks like Shrek isn’t done with the song yet, even into his fourth – and final – movie. This time it's Weezer who get to rework the song, in so much as it doesn't much deviate from the original.

The interesting thing about the Shrek Forever After soundtrack is that it plays like a radio session, hosted by Rumpelstiltskin (helpfully called The Rumpelstiltskin Show on RMPL) with interludes between the songs that include a phone-in to the show from Pinocchio whose request is that everyday is his birthday, and in-studio guest Captain Hook hamming it up on air. Usually soundtracks that are littered with soundbites from the movie can start to wear me down, but here it's packaged a very entertaining, very cheeky bit of mucking about in Far Far Away.

Rumpelstiltskin gets misty eyed after playing “Hello” by Lionel Richie, and takes his little show where the mood takes him. Only here could you conceivably find The Carpenters, The Scissor Sisters and Beastie Boys occupy the same disc space as if it's customary.

And Antonio Banderas should seriously consider a musical career once the film roles dry up. His sultry rendition of Bob Marley's "One Love" with Sunshine And Rainbows is a lovely, unexpected bit of magic.


Shrek is all about reckless fun, and the music has been a central part of that experience. Where else could you conceivably find The Carpenters, The Scissor Sisters and Beastie Boys occupying the same disc space?

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