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Rio 2
(2014)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Jose Serebrier

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Rick Giovinazzo
Andrew Kinney
Randy Kerber
Mark Graham
Nicholas Pike
Germaine Franco
Dave Metzger
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter
Victor Pesavento
Greg Jamrok

Additional Music by:
Paul Mounsey
Anthony Willis

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(April 8th, 2014)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have that acquired taste for John Powell's animation music and appreciated the infusion of Brazilian tones into his own mannerisms in the preceding score.

Avoid it... if you demand ultra-hyperactive interludes of frantic comedic action in your Powell scores, because Rio 2 concentrates on the romantic and adventure genres far more often, a positive development for many other listeners.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,601
WRITTEN 8/8/14
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Rio 2: (John Powell) Sometimes national pride manifests itself in odd ways, and for Brazil, the Rio franchise has crept into the long list of defining cultural representations of the country, especially after the promotion of Rio 2 in conjunction with the 2014 new year's and World Cup celebrations. The sequel to the Blue Sky Studios hit from 2011 was not received with the same generous critical response, but audiences rewarded it with higher box office grosses nevertheless. The primary cast members from Rio return to guide the macaws from that film (along with the family they have produced in the interim) into a mystery in the Amazon rain forest, replacing the bird-out-of-place comedic elements of Rio with some more traditional action fare in Rio 2. For the filmmakers, the project also allows for a gratuitous amount of advancement of a political agenda, once again teaching younglings around the world about the evils of deforestation. The humor and colors of the concept continue to inspire composer John Powell just as much as director Carlos Saldanha, Powell being a Brit for whom the delving into the Latin and, more specifically, Brazilian tones for Rio proved to be a rewarding personal journey. Despite his plethora of work and stylistic influence in the action and thriller genres, the veteran has emerged as a dominant force in the realm of animation scoring. It's interesting to compare the major players in the genre over the decades prior to this franchise, because composers can become hopelessly stuck in the animation rut if they are not careful. For those like John Debney in the 1990's and Danny Elfman more currently, the genre can become tiring very fast. For James Horner in the 1990's and Powell now, there are those workmanlike endeavors in the genre but also a few outstanding triumphs. Typically, all of these scores receive some variation of a three-star review, but at least with Powell, there are glimpses of solid four-star moments littered throughout these works, Rio 2 included. For him specifically, there are always comparisons to Chicken Run ready to be made, and there's even a moment early in Rio 2 with one such moment to reminisce about. Ultimately, these Rio scores are a lot of cultural flash and not much substance, however, leaving his collectors scrambling back to the easily superior How to Train Your Dragon scores.



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Average: 2.76 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 55:31
• 1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Rio 2 Samba Version) (0:24)
• 2. Batucada Pagode - featuring Carlinhos Brown (1:36)
• 3. Over the Falls - featuring Milton Nascimento (3:39)
• 4. Breakfast in Rio (3:08)
• 5. Fireworks on the Roof - featuring UAKTI (1:27)
• 6. Traveling Family (1:59)
• 7. Sideshow Freaks - featuring UAKTI (3:09)
• 8. Stalking the Ferry (2:07)
• 9. River Boat to the Loggers - featuring Carlinhos Brown and UAKTI (2:59)
• 10. Escorted to the Clan - featuring UAKTI and Barbatuques (5:41)
• 11. Up Carla's Monkey - featuring UAKTI (2:16)
• 12. Spider Invite - featuring UAKTI and Barbatuques (2:46)
• 13. Humans are Longer Than They Told Me - featuring UAKTI (2:23)
• 14. Tongue-a-pult to Blu's Nightmare! (2:08)
• 15. Red Bullies - featuring UAKTI (3:19)
• 16. Tantrums Lead to Explosions - featuring UAKTI (3:43)
• 17. Lollipops are Bad for Your Teeth - featuring Milton Nascimento, UAKTI, and Barbatuques (3:55)
• 18. Battle for the Heart of the Forest - featuring UAKTI and Barbatuques (4:46)
• 19. Romeo and Juliet's Unfortunate Demise - featuring UAKTI and Barbatuques (3:53)

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The insert includes a list of performers and a personal note from the composer about his involvement in this franchise.
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