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Someone get Amy Adams on the Broadway stage, stat! She may not have the huge pipes that are supposed to be necessary for singers nowadays, but based on her sweet performance of three songs on this soundtrack, shegetsa tune. Leaving asideHigh School Musical-style contemporary pop, Disney returns to its sources here, with a fairy tale set to a traditional-minded score by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast,etc.). The first three songs are loving, well-crafted homages to Disney classics, such asCinderellaandSnow White; tellingly, the lovely "Happy Working Song" (with lyrics by Stephen "Wicked" Schwartz) sounds like it could have been lifted from any number of Disney movies--and that's meant as a compliment. Carrie Underwood brings us back into the 21st century with the single "Ever Ever After", which in comparison feels a bit more anonymous. Menken also supplies several instrumental cues, often reprising themes alluded to in the songs, and James Marsden wraps things up with a hilariously straight-faced version of "That's Amore."--Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Label:  Walt Disney Records
ArtistAmy Adams, James Marsden, Blake Neely, Alan Menken, Annmarie Rizzio, Beth Bernstein, Michael Kosarin, Harry Warren, Amick Byram, Ann Arvia
Genre:  Pop, Children's Music, Soundtracks
Release Date:  November 20, 2007
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review by . June 18, 2008
posted in Music Matters
Disney's ENCHANTED is one of my favourite movies at the moment, so naturally I had to buy the soundtrack album. It delivers all your favourite musical moments from the movie, plus some beautiful orchestral pieces from the back-score as well.    In the film Amy Adams plays Giselle, a would-be princess in the animated world of Andalasia, about to be married to her fairytale prince Edward (James Marsden), but who is pushed down a well by vengeful Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) and …
review by . December 09, 2007
posted in Music Matters
The ENCHANTED soundtrack is typical of a Disney soundtracks in a couple of ways. First, the songs are by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz who have worked together several times before for Disney projects. Secondly, the cd is mostly instrumentals and only has six vocal songs. My favorite songs on the album are:    "Happy Working Song"--a parody of the typical song between Disney princesses and animals as they work together to complete a task.    "That's How …
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