Composer of the month John Powell month

Soundtrack review – Shrek (John Powell and Harry Gregson Williams – 2001)

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Yep, “Fairytale” alright…When the opening theme of “Shrek” begins I know where I am going and nothing else matters. This is how a fairytale land should sound like and there’s pure magic in this track. Ok John Powell and Harry Gregson Williams, you have my attention and imagination!

Then the adventure begins. And boy it is a fun one…All the joy from the movie, all the fun from those scenes and every movement of Shrek and Donkey is transposes into notes. The cue that sings their first meeting is a rollercoaster and I can’t get enough of it.

Nothing is missing from this wonderful composition. The two composers just went with the story and gave us a timeless gift. We have flutes, we have cello, we have powerful choirs, we have danger and we have triumph. We also have emotion galore and I can never get tired of this score. Listen to it because you never know what comes next. You listen to a beautiful melody and then roll on the floor laughing when you hear “March of Farquuad”.

This score tiptoes around you, pokes you, pulls your hair, plays hide and seek with you and you don’t have any other option than to play with it. Let’s be honest where else will you be able to hear a cue like “Welcome to Duloc”?

“Shrek” is one of the most fun animation scores I have ever heard. There’s not a dull moment. This score is pure fun and adventure and John Powell and Harry Gregson Williams have created a world just as enjoyable as that of the movie. Listen to this and you will be happy for the whole day. It is a true fairytale score.

Cue rating: 91 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 23 / 44

Album excellence: 51%

Highlights:

Fairytale

Ogre Hunters / Fairytale Deathcamp

Donkey Meets Shrek

Uninvited Guests

March Of Farquuad

Welcome To Duloc

Tournament Speech

Dragon! / Fiona Awakens

One Of A Kind Knight

Escape From The Dragon

Delivery Boy Shrek / Making Camp

Singing Princess

Fiona Kicks Ass

Ride The Dragon

Transformation / The End

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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