Thursday, December 31, 2009

So, do you have little ladies in your house?  If you do, I’m sure you have been asked to see the new Disney movie The Princess and the Frog, if you haven’t already.  It has been in theaters for a few weeks now and opened to blockbuster box office numbers.  It is always exciting to see a new Disney creation, but I think this one was well worth the wait.  This movie is especially close to my heart because it is set in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

There are 13 songs on The Princess and the Frog soundtrack. The complete list of songs includes five songs from Anika Noni Rose, and there are also two zydeco songs from Jim Cummings.

Here’s the complete list of songs from The Princess and The Frog Soundtrack:
  • Never Knew I Needed                                    – Ne-Yo
  • Down In New Orleans                                   – Dr. John
  • Almost There                                                   – Anika Noni Rose
  • Almost There Reprise                                    Anika Noni Rose
  • Friends On The Other Side                            – Keith David
  • When We’re Human                                      – Anika Noni Rose
  • Gonna Take You There                                  – Jim Cummings
  • Ma Belle Evangeline                                      – Jim Cummings
  • Dig A Little Deeper                                         – Jenifer Lewis
  • Down In New Orleans (Prologue)               – Anika Noni Rose
  • Down In New Orleans (Finale)                     – Anika Noni Rose
  • Dippermouth Blues                                        – Joseph King Oliver
  • Cajun Love Song                                             – Leon Russell
I became even more excited when I was presented with the opportunity to review Disney’s The Princess and The Frog soundtrack. The soundtrack has a true New Orleans ragtime, jazz feel to it. A second favorite about this soundtrack is that Disney has the characters singing, rather than having the music simply as a backdrop to the movies activities.  This really creates an authentic feel for what is taking place in the movie.  When the character sings the song it is more easily relatable to what is happening in the movie, than when you are only hearing the songs being played during a scene.

The tracks are a mixture of zydeco, ragtime jazz, gospel, and are toe tapping good. Dr. John’s “Down in New Orleans” (with a prologue by Anika Noni Rose) has a distinctly Newman sound, reminiscent of his work on Toy Story. “Almost There” is Princess Tiana’s independence song. She makes it known that she is going to do her own thing, no matter what may happen. 

Another great track is a Cajun cut “Friends on the Other Side” which is in line with its Disney villain, pure evil in a Disney sort of way. “When We’re Human” has a Mardi Gras party sound, this is where we learn what Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana plan on doing once they get out of their frog bodies and back into their human form. “Gonna Take You There” is a zydeco tune that makes it almost impossible to sit still while you’re listening to it. 

“Dig a Little Deeper” is a gospel song sung by Bayou-style fairy Godmother Mama Odie (Jenifer Lewis).  I really love this character, just from the previews alone. This is an uplifting, fun song which has an accompaniment by the Pinnacle Gospel Choir. I must admit, this is a soundtrack that will be enjoyed by young and old.  It seems to have a little something for everyone and kids will be able to reminisce about the movie each time they hear one of the songs.

There is also bonus content on this CD.  Just insert the disc in your computer and get videos, interviews, behind the scenes content, links to online communities, and more.

*** I was provided with Disney’s The Princess and The Frog Soundtrack for review purposes only.  No other form of compensation was received.  The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced