Harry Gregson-Williams “Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”

Album Reviews | Jan 27th, 2007

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Record Label: Walt Disney Records
Genre: Score
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The score to the successful fantasy movie is probably one of the best scores Harry Gregson-Williams has composed to date. Along with his score, there are a few songs on the soundtrack as well. Some of the artists included on the soundtrack are Alanis Morissette, Tim Finn, Lisbeth Scott and Imogen Heap. I’m not really a fan of songs and I really hate Alanis Morissette so I didn’t even bother listening to her song. I just don’t like songs on film score albums that much (The Lord of the Rings CDs being an exception).

The first song starts out with “The Blitz, 1940” and it’s a score track that fits the hectic scene where the kids are fleeing a bombardment in London. You start to hear noticeable themes in “Evacuating London” and Lucy Meets Mr. Tumnus” that play throughout the entire score. The themes really help out the listener/viewer feel like they are in Narnia. The songs sound magical or has a mystic vibe to them. One of the songs that was played in the movie, the “The Narnia Lullaby” by Mr Tumnus is really haunting and I love it! I’m glad that was included on the CD. What I like about the songs is the low female singing in many of the tracks. When I first heard it, I didn’t think I would like it but after seeing the film, it really goes along with the movie and like it now. One of my favorite songs of the score is “The Battle.” It’s also my favorite part of the movie as well, because who doesn’t love some fantasy warfare! The track is filled with choral singing and it gives me goosebumps. “The Battle” sort of reminds me of Craig Armstrong’s Plunkett & Macleane song “Escape.” You know, the song that every movie uses in their trailers.

Like I said before, the score to Narnia is one of my favorites of the year. I hope Harry Gregson-Williams gets to continue working on the scores for Narnia, once they make the other books into movies.

Bottom Line: Terrific score and one of the year’s best!
Notable Tracks: vacuating London, Lucy Meets Mr. Tumnus, To Aslan’s Camp, The Battle, Only the Beginning Of The Adventure
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