Soundtrack review – Shrek (John Powell and Harry Gregson Williams – 2001)
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%
Ogre Hunters / Fairytale Deathcamp
Donkey Meets Shrek
March Of Farquuad
Welcome To Duloc
Dragon! / Fiona Awakens
One Of A Kind Knight
Escape From The Dragon
Delivery Boy Shrek / Making Camp
Fiona Kicks Ass
Ride The Dragon
Transformation / The End