Tangled Soundtrack26.11.10 # Soundtrack # 28 Comments
The Tangled soundtrack. Quantifying Disney animation soundtracks is a tough thing to do – like an earnest uncle trying his inept best to connect with the kids at a family get together, they simply can’t be judged by regular standards. They are enshrined by their intention, by their innocence, by the fairytale majesty they aspire to. By any regular standard, Elton John singing Can You Feel The Love Tonight is simply not a reason to be cheerful. But the addition of cute animated lions, a role in a satisfying family friendly narrative, and the historical connotations of Disney grant such slushy ballads a kind of glistening eternal youth quality. We sing along because they make us happy, and our happiness is as if from childhood, and all is right with the world. Cynicism has little role to play in such contexts.
The thing is, ten year olds don’t have a lot of disposable income, and the vast majority of Tangled Soundtrack CDs are going to be bought by people old enough to grow facial hair and/or listen to Tori Amos, so let’s be sensible about this: the slushy pop balladry on the Tangled soundtrack is slightly more crappy than the slushy pop balladry on every other Disney animation soundtrack album, and significantly more crappy than the high watermark that is The Lion King.
And in a cinematic landscape in which animated features have their own Oscar category and are now regularly touted as possible Best Picture nominees (film critics being so baffled by the emotional resonance of the opening sequence of Up that they completely overlooked the fact that the Best Picture award probably shouldn’t go to a narrative largely concerned with comedy talking dogs and a zany chase sequence aboard a zeppelin) the viewing and listening public should be able to expect a little better. The Shrek films changed the game for animated soundtracks, combining genuine pop-rock sensibilities with venerable contributors (Eels, The Proclaimers, Weezer, The Carpenters) and successfully transferring the jaunty comedic appeal from the films, thereby appealing to both kids and adults. The Tangled soundtrack combines the slushy-pop-balladry talents of Alan Menken (Oscar winner for his soundtracks to The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, Pocahontas and Aladdin) with the vocal “talent” of trivial tween drivel queen Mandy Moore. It has none of the humour or vitality that makes the Shrek soundtracks stand out, and is essentially, insufferable predictable twaddle.
But of course, if the kids like it, then vocally disapproving of the Tangled soundtrack will earn you a place in that special room in Hell, reserved for cynical urbanite malcontents who have lost all traces of their souls. Go ahead, pull up a chair, you can sit between pre-denoument Scrooge and The Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and talk about how much you hate Hakuna Matata.
Tangled Soundtrack (Songs) – Track List
1. When Will My Life Begin – Mandy Moore
2. When Will My Life Begin (Reprise 1) – Mandy Moore
3. Mother Knows Best – Donna Murphy
4. When Will My Life Begin (Reprise 2) – Mandy Moore
5. I’ve Got A Dream – Mandy Moore
6. Mother Knows Best (Reprise) – Donna Murphy
7. I See The Light – Mandy Moore
8. Healing Incantation – Mandy Moore
9. Flynn Wanted – Alan Menken
10. Prologue – Donna Murphy
11. Horse With No Rider – Alan Menken
12. Escape Route – Alan Menken
13. Campfire – Alan Menken
14. Kingdom Dance – Alan Menken
15. Waiting For The Lights – Alan Menken
16. Return To Mother – Alan Menken
17. Realization And Escape – Alan Menken
18. The Tear Heals – Mandy Moore
19. Kingdom Celebration – Alan Menken
20. Something That I Want – Grace Potter
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