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Soundtrack review: Shrek 2 (Harry Gregson Williams – 2004)

After working together with John Powell for the first score of the franchise, Harry Gregson Williams took over composing duties for the other movies. He picks up in “Shrek 2” right where he left off in the first movie: “Prince Charming” is a reintroduction to the wonderful Shrek main theme.

“Shrek 2” is my favorite movie from the franchise. I thought it was the funnies and besides, it introduced us to Antonio Banderas’ “Puss in boots”. I didn’t remember the music though because the movie seemed to ride on vocal songs and reinterpretations.

The score itself is still enjoyable. While not as adventurous as the superb first score, “Shrek 2” will not waste your time. There’s a little something for everyone in this…you like renaissance like choirs? We got you covered…you like big band numbers? Check out “The ball”. There are string based cues and there’s even suspense. It[s nothing you haven’t heard before but it’s also far from generic music.

The score for “Shrek 2” is a decent and pleasant little animation score. Nothing deep, nothing demanding, just 40 minutes of fun from a very talented composer who knows how to work with an orchestra. If you only listen to one track from this, listen to the epic “Magic tee”. It will be worth it.

Cue rating: 80 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 9 / 40

Album excellence: 23%

Highlights:

Prince Charming

The Ball

The Prince of Her Dreams

Magic Tea

Muffin Man

Dragon!!

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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