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Shrek the Third
(2007)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Additional Music and Arrangements by:
Stephen Barton
David Buckley
Halli Cauthery
James McKee Smith
John Powell

Orchestrated by:
Ladd McIntosh
Jennifer Hammond
Geoff Stradling
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 19th, 2007)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. A song-only album was released weeks prior to this album.
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Shrek
Shrek 2




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Buy it... if you preferred the wildly fragmented, parody-driven personality of the first Shrek score.

Avoid it... if you instead preferred the consistency of development in Harry Gregson-Williams' solo work for Shrek 2.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #844
WRITTEN 6/23/07
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Shrek the Third: (Harry Gregson-Williams) With over half a billion in worldwide earnings, Shrek 2 confirmed the appeal of the original Dreamworks smash hit, and rumors point to a fourth Shrek film and even, remarkably, a musical version on stage. Unfortunately for the franchise, Shrek the Third was met with considerably less critical praise than the previous installments, with most comments about the film revolving around its lack of fresh ideas. But that didn't stop the film from grossing $300 million in its first 6 weeks of release, so perhaps we should expect a few more adventures on screen (and stage) for everyone's favorite ogre. That ogre is presented with more weighty life decisions in Shrek the Third, as he attempts to determine whether or not to become the king of Far, Far Away. The same groups of primary characters (and their voices) from the previous installments are joined by two Monty Python veterans and the usual variety of famous animated characters from Disney concepts. Also returning is composer Harry Gregson-Williams, who took over the music writing duties for the franchise after collaborating with John Powell for the original Shrek. His score for the sequel is widely considered an improvement over the first score, with the fragmented nature of the first effort condensed into a sequel that was quite lovely at times. The consistency of the music for films like the Shrek ones is often the primary concern, for with stories that jump so wildly from scene to scene, rarely do the scores have an opportunity to develop beyond their necessary roles as slapstick accompaniment. Gregson-Williams managed to accomplish a fine balance between comedy and awe in Shrek 2, retaining the themes of the franchise and inserting half a dozen more highly organized motifs. By comparison, Shrek the Third seems less developed, with few satisfyingly large-scale references to previous themes and even fewer new ideas that receive due treatment. Because the film features lengthier sequences of conversation between Shrek and Fiona, the score mirrors that reflective tone. With less action and more parodies, Shrek the Third plays like yesterday's hot item.



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Alternate review of Shrek the Third at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - July 12, 2007, at 1:04 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 40:35
• 1. The Royal Treatment (2:31)
• 2. Fatherly Dreams (2:19)
• 3. The Frog King Dies (2:51)
• 4. Another Adventure (2:33)
• 5. Little Ogre Feet (1:53)
• 6. Worcestershiree? (1:53)
• 7. Charmed & Dangerous (3:25)
• 8. Artie's Sob Story (1:33)
• 9. A Warm & Fuzzy Navel (2:17)
• 10. The Campfire (1:34)
• 11. The Hook Attack (1:22)
• 12. Merlin (1:48)
• 13. The Trip Home (2:15)
• 14. Princess Resistance (2:26)
• 15. The Dressing Room (2:19)
• 16. The Show Begins (2:03)
• 17. King Arthur (3:30)
• 18. (Almost) Alone at Last (2:02)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive movie stills, but has no extra information about the score or film. This album, coincidentally, has the exact same running time (40:35) as the score album for Shrek 2.
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