I really enjoyed the first two Shrek soundtracks. However, like the movies themselves the SHREK THE THIRD SOUNDTRACK is a bit lackluster. As with the previous two soundtracks, the album is an interesting hodge-podge of eclectic music. I mean, there's everything from The Ramones to Led Zeppelin to Wings as well as two pieces sung by characters from the movie and an instrumental song. The titles on the album are:
1. Royal Pain - Eels 2. Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? - The Ramones 3. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin 4. Barracuda - Fergie 5. Live and Let Die - Wings 6. Best Days - Matt White 7. Joker and the Thief - Wolfmother 8. Other Ways - Trevor Hall 9. Cat's in the Cradle - Harry Chapin 10. Losing Streak - Eels 11. What I Gotta Do - Macy Gray 12. Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again) - Antonio Banderas, Eddie Murphy 13. Final Showdown - Rupert Everett, Maya Rudolph 14. Charming's Plan - Harry Gregson-Williams
I'm not a huge Eels fan, but with all the music they have in movies these days it's easy to become one and I particularly enjoyed "The Losing Streak" here. Other favorites include "Do You Remember Rock ‘n' Roll Radio?", "Immigrant Song", a new version of "Barracuda" by Fergie, "The Joker and the Thief" by Wolfmother and Antonio Banderas and Eddie Murphy's duet on "Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again)".
There is a glaring exception that is missing on the SHREK THE THIRD SOUNDTRACK. That's the song "9 Crimes" by Damien Rice with Lisa Hannigan. I understand people's frustration because I don't like it when an official movie soundtrack is released without all of the songs from the film on it either. It's particularly a shame because it's the one song that a lot of people remember from the movie and they would have sold a lot more albums if it was included. At the same time, I have an idea how the business works and sometimes you have an agreement with an artist to have a song in a film, but they won't let you put the song on the soundtrack because they want to exclusively sell their music.
Still, even without "9 Crimes", SHREK THE THIRD SOUNDTRACK is a good and varied collection of music. It's not as good as the soundtracks from the first two movies, but overall it's not bad.
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