Despicable Me 2

Composed by: Heitor Pereira

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Back Lot Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the sequel to the hit computer animated film, Despicable Me, former super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), now a devoted father to Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher), finds himself being recruited by the Anti-Villain League (AVL).  Apparently, a new super-villain, El Macho (Benjamin Bratt), has stolen a secret Arctic laboratory in which a powerful mutagen, known as PX-41, is contained.  PX-41 can turn ordinary living organisms into raging, indestructible monsters.  Gru is begrudgingly teamed up with AVL agent Lucy (Kristen Wiig) and together they must stop El Macho and his new band of indestructible Evil Minions before they can take over the world.

            The soundtrack contains songs performed by Pharrell Williams, CeeLo Green and the Minions and a musical score by Brazilian musician and composer Heitor Pereira.  A former member of the band Simply Red, Pereira has long been involved in the film music business, performing instruments or submitting songs for a number of well-known films like I Am Sam, Gladiator, Mission Impossible 2, The Road to El Dorado and more.  Becoming known for bringing a unique sensibility to his film scores built from a solid foundation of musical craftsmanship, Pereira worked on the soundtrack of the original Despicable Me, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The Canyon, From Prada to Nada and more.

            I can't say much about the songs on this album other than many are short, tongue-in-cheek numbers performed by the Minions in their special language.  I was only offered the musical score to review and I must say that I found it highly enjoyable.  The music is basic spyy movie fare, heavy on brass and percussion with a fast pace denoting action.  In the midst of the brass and percussion are moments of humor in which trombone and tuba a bursts come in.  Often time keyboards or actual whistling is used to express the comedic side of the film.  The theme of El Macho is hysterical, featuring mariachi horns, guitars, castanets and hand-clapping accompanied by a chorus of "EL MACHO!"

            One can actually picture events taking place in the film based on what they hear in the soundtrack.  This is the sign of an excellent movie score - one that tells the story of the film without the visuals.  At the same time, the e Despicable Me 2 Soundtrack is a lot of fun as a stand alone album.  An excellent job by Heitor Pereira, a composer with a knack for creating a brilliant comedic musical score.


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