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Frozen II
(2019)
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Songs Co-Composed and Produced by:
Robert Lopez

Songs Co-Composed by:
Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Score Composed by:
Christophe Beck

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Tim Davies
Stephen Oremus

Co-Orchestrated by:
David Metzger
Jeremy Levy
Ryan Humphrey

Co-Conducted by:
Tove Ramio-Ystad

Additional Music by:
Frode Fjellheim

Score Produced by:
Fernand Bos
Michael Paraskevas
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(All Albums)
(November 15th, 2019)
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All albums are regular commercial releases. The "Regular Edition" is available digitally and on CD. The "Deluxe Edition" with the score is a digital-only product.
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The song "Into the Unknown" was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you want to hear Christophe Beck kick it up a notch with the action and thematic depth of his score, his contribution overshadowing the decent but not memorable songs for the sequel.

Avoid it... if you cannot tolerate a Broadway rock sensibility in the musical numbers for what is essentially a fantasy film, the tone of half the songs missing the stylistic mark better set by Beck's score.
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WRITTEN 9/7/20
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Frozen II: (Christophe Beck/Robert Lopez/Kristen Anderson-Lopez) To the dismay of progressive parents of daughters everywhere, 2013's Disney blockbuster Frozen re-popularized the "princess with huge eyes" concept for another generation. Instead of dressing up as astronauts or scientists on Halloween, little girls preferred to be Elsa and Anna, Queen and Princess of Arendelle, respectively, in their glamorous Nordic kingdom perfectly suited for Disney's whitewashed past. The royal sisters, joined again by ice harvester Kristoff and a magically-rendered snowman, Olaf, return in Frozen II to confront an escalation of tensions between Arendelle and a neighboring kingdom. During the journey to determine why forces of nature are attacking the protagonists, Elsa must travel beyond a forbidden forest and treacherous waters to find her own origin story and set things right. The plot contains elements of action and racism that appealed well to adult test audiences but essentially confused children, so Disney was forced to change several portions of the film to better explain the tale's mystical elements and return a larger dose of comic relief into the story. While critics were only moderately receptive to Frozen II, audiences turned the film into another box office smasher, ensuring more princess-fueled sequels (or queen-fueled, by the end of this one) to entice countless of years of Halloween costume sales alone. The soundtrack for Frozen brought the Broadway duo of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to Hollywood and, with the help of their lead ballad, "Let It Go," moved on to popular encores for Coco and Frozen II. The "Let It Go" song is so overwhelmingly successful that the other songs for the first movie, as well as the score by Christophe Beck, have been somewhat marginalized by comparison. In reality, the soundtrack as a whole never really gelled as much as it needed to, the songs and score too disconnected from each other to compete with Disney animated classics of the past. This oversight is partially rectified in Frozen II, with a more impactful crossover of melodic structures from the songs to the score, but these connections are still more limited than they need to be, and a continued disconnect between the instrumental tone of the songs and score remains a problem in the sequel.

One area in which the songs and score for Frozen II do better satisfy the concept is in the further embracing of Nordic musical heritage and a sense of mysticism in general, though more of this success is owed to Beck's work than the songs. The demeanor of the Lopezes' songs remains solidly Broadway-bound, pop and rock infused and thus a bit awkward for the otherwise beefed-up fantasy element in this sequel. If anything, the songs in this context could have used less drum kit influence and bashing emphasis on certain beats as expected for the stage, and this includes the lovingly retro 1980's rock stylings afforded to the Kristoff character, who gets a chance to sing more in this story. The best moments in the songs are those in which the orchestral and choral accompaniment is dominant, allowing them to flow seamlessly with Beck's surrounding material. The foremost example of this point is the first song, "All is Found," performed by the mysterious mother of Elsa and Anna, the vocals by Evan Rachel Wood offering a Nordic lullaby of sorts over regional string instruments and, at its climax, a full orchestral ensemble. It's a lovely, albeit brief song. By contrast, "Some Things Never Change" lends the four main leads a contemporary, piano, drum kit, and acoustic guitar intro with the standard Lopez technique of repeating melodic phrasing over shifting bass chords. The main ballad from Frozen II is "Into the Unknown," which fails to live up to "Let It Go" but will please fans of Idina Menzel's oddly abrasive vocal tone yet extraordinarily polished performance capabilities. Key to this song is a four-note motif inspired by "Dies Irae," performed by Norwegian singer Aurora Aksnes and emulating the Scandinavian use of herding calls in "kulning" musical form. The siren call exists initially as hesitant counterpoint to the main vocal lines, but that melody eventually matches this four-note motif as Menzel reaches her higher registers. It's a satisfying structural technique that makes the song more intelligent than most in the genre. Unfortunately, the comedy relief song, "When I Am Older," for Olaf the snowman is an anonymous old-school jazz piece that hopefully serves its purpose for children, because it will make adults cringe. A brief reprise of "Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People" from the previous film leads Jonathan Groff into "Lost in the Woods," the quintessential 1980's love ballad from phrasing to instrumentation, and it's mildly amusing even if it really badly pushes the film away from its fantasy core.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Regular Edition Tracks   ▼Total Time: 31:18
• 1. All is Found - performed by Evan Rachel Wood (2:05)
• 2. Some Things Never Change - performed by Cast Ensemble (3:29)
• 3. Into the Unknown - performed by Idina Menzel and Aurora (3:14)
• 4. When I am Older - performed by Josh Gad (1:51)
• 5. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People (Continued) - performed by Jonathan Groff (0:26)
• 6. Lost in the Woods - performed by Jonathan Groff (3:00)
• 7. Show Yourself - performed by Idina Menzel and Evan Rachel Wood (4:20)
• 8. The Next Right Thing - performed by Kristen Bell (3:36)
• 9. Into the Unknown - End Credits - performed by Panic! at the Disco (3:09)
• 10. All is Found - End Credits - performed by Kacey Musgraves (3:03)
• 11. Lost in the Woods - End Credits - performed by Weezer (3:05)
Deluxe Edition Tracks   ▼Total Time: 130:49

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The inserts for all album variants contain similar contents, including lyrics to each song and a full list of performers. Target-exclusive and Walmart-exclusive versions of the "Regular Edition" feature an additional fold-out poster.
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