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Children's Music, Pop, and Soundtracks album by Alan Menken, Amick Byram, Amy Adams, Ann Arvia, Annmarie Rizzio, Beth Bernstein, Blake Neely, Harry Warren, James Marsden, and Michael Kosarin

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live happily ever after with this "Enchanted" soundtrack!

  • Jun 18, 2008
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 emerges in the middle of New York's Times Square. With a sweet innocence she captures the heart of cynical divorce attorney Robert (Patrick Dempsey); but when Edward later follows her into the real world, Giselle must find find a way to reconcile her fairytale life with a new modern outlook.

Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz both have extensive knowledge and experience with writing material for Disney movies, and in ENCHANTED, their collective pieces come alive with sunny optimism and rare charm. In songs like "True Love's Kiss" and "Happy Working Song", there's a definite flavour of classic Disney fairytales SNOW WHITE and CINDERELLA; whilst in the upbeat "That's How You Know", we get a glimpse of a more modern musical sensibility.

Amy Adams has a very sweet and accomplished singing voice; she has had stage experience and it definitely shows. Likewise, James Marsden, as Prince Edward, has a lush tenor voice which could see him successfully take on some musical theatre work if he so chooses.

The disc also includes a CD-ROM component for Carrie Underwood's music video of "Ever Ever After". If you love the movie, this soundtrack album is the perfect souvenir!

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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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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
Genre: Pop, Children's Music, Soundtracks
Release Date: November 20, 2007
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