Music By: Various Artists
Musical Score By: Alan Menken
Distributed by: Walt Disney Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
On November 21, 2007, Walt Disney Pictures will release a new film, bringing together animation and live action to create the ultimate fairytale adventure. In Enchanted, animated fairytale Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) is engaged to be married to the handsome Prince Edward (James Marsden). However, Giselle’s evil stepmother, Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon), has other plans, plans for Giselle’s destruction. She pushes Giselle through a magic portal which thrusts her into modern day New York City. Upon meeting handsome lawyer Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey), Giselle begins to take on a different view of life and love. But the longer she stays in New York City, the fabric of reality starts to suffer. As the real world collides with that of the animated, Giselle must choose between her fiancée and the man she has recently come to know.
The soundtrack of Enchanted features songs sung by the actors themselves as well as famous artists. As in animated movies, many of the songs are performed by the movie’s characters. Thus, Amy Adams and James Marsden are called upon to perform songs created for the movie by Stephen Schwartz (Prince of Egypt, Wicked) and Alan Menken such as True Love’s Kiss, Happy Working Song, and That’s How You Know Love. Amy Adams’ singing voice reminds me of Disney soundtracks past. I was immediately brought back to my childhood days when I listened to music from the soundtrack of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In fact, the Happy Working Song reminds me very much of the Snow White ditty Whistle While You Work. And who knew James Marsden had such an incredible singing voice as is witnessed in his rendition of the old Dean Martin classic That’s Amore?! Where did that voice come from?! Two other recording artists are featured on this album. American singer / songwriter Jon McLaughlin performs So Close, a song about love and happiness so close and yet so far. American Idol superstar Carrie Underwood performs the song Ever Ever After, in which she urges listeners to believe in a happily ever after.
The musical score of Enchanted is composed by Alan Menken, a composer from New York who has been no stranger to the creation of soundtracks for Disney movies, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Shaggy Dog and Home on the Range. Who can forget Menken’s Oscar-winning song from The Little Mermaid entitled Under the Sea?! My favorite soundtrack from Menken is Beauty and the Beast. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised to find some hints of Belle’s theme song mixed in to the works appearing in Enchanted. My favorite track of the musical score is Storybook Ending, a ten minute masterpiece of enchanting music. This one song seems to tell the whole story of the movie.
The Enchanted Soundtrack CD comes with an added bonus. If you place it in your computer’s CD player, you can access a bonus music video of Carrie Underwood’s Ever Ever After. I have to say that this video is adorable. An animated Carrie Underwood undergoes a similar fate as Giselle while singing her new song. Also accessible are features that allow you to check out other Disney Soundtracks, DXD Music and more.
Earlier, I said that the songs of Enchanted took me back to my childhood days of listening to Disney music, a much simpler time of with animated movies filled with fairytales and adventure. Enchanted will take you back to that time as well. I recommend the Enchanted Soundtrack to any family. The children will fall in love with the story as well as the music! Enchanted is destined to become yet another Disney Classic!