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Shrek 2
(2004)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Additional Music by:
Stephen Barton
James McKee Smith
John Powell

Vocals by:
Lisbeth Scott

Metro Voices
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(December 7th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release. A song-only soundtrack was released months prior to this album.
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Buy it... if you are looking for the themes and lightheartedness of the franchise expressed with consistent instrumentation and rhythmic flow that is arguably superior to the other sequel scores to follow.

Avoid it... if you prefer the slapstick comedy style of the original Shrek score or if you're primarily interested in the multitude of songs associated with the film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #737
WRITTEN 1/7/05, REVISED 10/19/11
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Shrek 2: (Harry Gregson-Williams) Riding the wave created by the monumental success of Shrek a few years before, this direct sequel begins right where the first tale left off. Several new peripheral characters adorn Shrek 2 with even more eccentric humor than before, and despite a tendency for such sequels to exhibit the many straight-to-video kinds of production faults, Shrek 2 suffers no such problems and opened the doors for several more franchise entries to follow. While purists will cling to the original film to the very end, Shrek 2 was an immense popular triumph, not only continuing the massive fiscal success of the franchise at the box office but also gaining a surprisingly positive response from hardened critics as well. The music for the first film was very much a mirror of the story's pop-culture range, with the newly minted animation scoring duo of Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell providing an orchestral punch-line comedy score. While popular and successful in and of itself, that original score provided some challenges when attempting to enjoy it apart from the film; the slapstick nature of the film's silliness translates directly to the composers' music, causing narrative issues and an inconsistent sound from jump to jump and line to line. The fruitful collaboration between Gregson-Williams and Powell on these children's films was concluding at the time, their careers spinning off into niches of their own. While Powell was eventually destined to continue his mastery in the animation realm later in the decade, his career in the near term was headed for the shinier pastures of mainstream action. During the interim, Gregson-Williams kept a firmer foot in the door of the children's realm before himself shifting his concentration to the action and thriller domains, and his vivacious and energizing score for Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas just over a year prior to this Shrek sequel affirmed his solo capabilities in the genre. Gregson-Williams took musical control of this franchise for Shrek 2 and its two successors, extending many of the same themes and basic flavors experienced in the first film. Any time characters and themes are faithfully retained in a sequel, whether the composers are the same or not, you do have the opportunity to hear those ideas developed in new ways and in greater depth. You receive this satisfying development and even more additional substance than you might expect in the score for Shrek 2.



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802 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.37 Stars
***** 193 5 Stars
**** 206 4 Stars
*** 189 3 Stars
** 136 2 Stars
* 78 1 Stars
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Highly enjoyable + even better than Shrek I !
Sheridan - August 30, 2006, at 12:03 p.m.
1 comment  (2054 views)
Harry Scores Again!
Matt - May 17, 2005, at 3:32 p.m.
1 comment  (2289 views)
Riiiight ... rip off ...
Mac Styran - January 11, 2005, at 8:59 p.m.
1 comment  (2614 views)
Why release a second CD which is exatly the same as the 1st one?   Expand >>
petr kocanda - January 10, 2005, at 7:42 a.m.
3 comments  (3355 views)
Newest: April 3, 2005, at 1:00 a.m. by
Rob
Actually, Rabin's Deep Blue Sea is a rip off of Goldsmith's Deep Rising   Expand >>
greg - January 10, 2005, at 7:23 a.m.
3 comments  (3341 views)
Newest: January 19, 2005, at 1:08 p.m. by
greg
Alternate review of Shrek 2 at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - January 10, 2005, at 1:25 a.m.
1 comment  (1759 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 40:35
• 1. Prince Charming (2:05)
• 2. Leaving Home (1:12)
• 3. Far Far Away (1:44)
• 4. Family Dinner (2:10)
• 5. Fiona's Room (1:01)
• 6. We Need to Talk (1:32)
• 7. The Poison Apple (1:20)
• 8. The Factory (1:40)
• 9. By the Ol' Oak (2:02)
• 10. Annoying Talking Animal (2:42)
• 11. The Potion Room (2:26)
• 12. Deep Fried (1:58)
• 13. Not Meant to Be (2:49)
• 14. The Ball (1:09)
• 15. The Prince of her Dreams (2:13)
• 16. Tonight on "Knights" (0:46)
• 17. Magic Tea (1:47)
• 18. The Mission (1:30)
• 19. Muffin Man (1:07)
• 20. Get the Wand (2:08)
• 21. All is Revealed (3:16)
• 22. Dragon!! (0:38)

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The insert includes extensive movie stills but no extra information about the score or film.
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