February 2006 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Managing Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Chicken Little  
Original music composed by John Debney
Plus source music: ‘Stir it Up’ performed by Patti LaBelle and Joss Stone; ‘One Little Slip’ performed by Barenaked Ladies; ‘Shake a Tailfeather’ performed by the Cheetah Girls; ‘All I know’ performed by JohnOndrasik of Five for Fighting; ‘Aint No Mountain High Enough’ performed by Diana Ross; ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It’ performed by R.E.M.’; ‘We Are the Champions’ performed by Chicken Little; ‘Wannabe’ Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ performed by ‘The Chicken Little Cast.
  Available on Walt Disney Records (61372-2)
Running Time: 39:16
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This John Debney score occupies a significant enough part of this album to merit attention  It is scored for a large orchestra and chorus and bits of synth that intrude into   ‘The Sky is Falling’ a kaleidoscopic creation that is urgent and heroic and full of sci-fi film references (with a sprinkling of the oriental). It is John Debney at his parodying best – his Chicken Little score blatantly and intentionally derivative. The presto pace continues with ‘The Big Game’ and Debney goes on to draw upon classic western and war film scores weaving in some tongue-in-cheek humour. ‘Dad Apologises’and ‘Dodgeball’ bring in country and western styles, wry humour and mickey-mousing while ‘Chase to Cornfield’ picks up the frenetic pace again witn grunts and groans from the men’s voices as if the scenario had moved onto the darkest jungle. ‘Driving With Dad’ concludes with more serene music for solo piano and orchestra – it’s the familiar soothing musical meandering but at least it is quite tuneful.

Of the remaining parts of this album there is something to appeal to all ages and tastes. ‘Shake a tail Feather’ amused me, ‘All I know’ moved me, and there was Diana Ross…

Derivative Debney but fun.

Ian Lace

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