Musical Score Composed By: Michael Giacchino
Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed By: Walt Disney Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his friends are back in an all new adventure when they head oversees to compete in the World Grand Prix, the first race to determine the world’s fastest car. Unfortunately, nothing comes easy to this group and tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) soon finds himself in plenty of trouble when he is recruited by master British super spy Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell (Emmy Mortimer). Cars 2 is an all new 3D adventure scheduled to hit the theaters on June 24, 2011.
The soundtrack of Cars 2 features songs by various artists and a musical score by Michael Giacchino. New Jersey-born Giacchino began his venture into music at the age of ten, putting music to stop-motion films he created on his brother’s pool table at home. He later went to the School of Visual Arts in New York, majoring in film production, and the Juilliard School where he studied music. Working for Disney at various locales, he was approached to create a musical score for the Dreamworks Interactive Playstation game, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and things took off from there. Since then, Giacchino has composed musical scores for The Incredibles, Lost, Fringe, Mission Impossible III, Speed Racer, Cloverfield, Up, Let Me In, Medal of Honor, Call of Duty and more.
The musical score for Cars 2 is a combination of 70’s spy film meets bluegrass. Electric guitars and fast paced go-go style music offer up a sense of excitement and action. The bluegrass music is basically Mater’s theme and I couldn’t think of any better theme for the well-meaning, backwoods-sounding tow truck. And of course there are the low-key orchestral tracks that offer up the idea of undercover action and intrigue. One could almost picture an undercover Mater sneaking around on his spy mission during these tracks.
The songs featured on the Cars 2 Soundtrack appear at the very beginning and include a new version of The Cars’ You Might Think performed by Weezer; Collision of Worlds, a catchy song bringing the best of America and Europe together, performed by Brad Paisley and Robbie Williams; Mon Coeur Fait Vroom (My Heart Goes Vroom), a love song written by Michael Giacchino and performed by Benabar; a sweet love song called Nobody’s Fool performed by Brad Paisley and Polyrhythm, a dance track performed by the Japanese girl band known as Perfume.
Overall, while I found the Cars 2 Soundtrack enjoyable, I found myself comparing it to the original Cars Soundtrack and found the new one to be lacking. There were fewer original songs on this soundtrack and the musical score, while exciting, seemed a tad bit repetitive by the time you reached Track 26. I even found the bonus features lacking - placing the CD in your computer will allow access to three Cars 2 trailers, a photo gallery and a You Might Think music video. The Cars 2 Soundtrack is enjoyable enough to recommend, but it has nothing on the original movie’s soundtrack.