Shrek 2

Shrek 2

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Following in the footsteps of the original Shrek soundtrack, Shrek 2 emphasizes the crossover potential of the movie and its music. Unfortunately, though, the album doesn't have as many surprises as its predecessor; none of the songs here have the same left-field feel as Rufus Wainwright's version of "Hallelujah" (or theSee more details below

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Following in the footsteps of the original Shrek soundtrack, Shrek 2 emphasizes the crossover potential of the movie and its music. Unfortunately, though, the album doesn't have as many surprises as its predecessor; none of the songs here have the same left-field feel as Rufus Wainwright's version of "Hallelujah" (or the John Cale version that actually appeared in the film), although Tom Waits' mischievous, middle-of-the-night "Little Drop of Poison" and Nick Cave's dignified ballad "People Ain't No Good" come close. On the other hand, Shrek 2 doesn't include anything as obnoxious or omnipresent as Smash Mouth's "All Star" or "I'm a Believer," although it does feature of plenty of covers, including Frou Frou's odd techo-pop revision of Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out for a Hero," which turns the song from a fun if overblown AOR anthem into a chilly yet slick lament. Butterfly Boucher's "Changes" and Pete Yorn's "Ever Fallen in Love," meanwhile, have the dubious distinction of being average renditions of great songs; not even David Bowie's cameo on "Changes" can elevate it (although his duet with Mick Jagger on "Dancin' in the Streets" remains his worst collaboration). And while Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas' version of "Livin' la Vida Loca" isn't as thorough a deconstruction of a Ricky Martin song as William Hung's infamous "She Bangs" (or as funny -- albeit unintentionally so -- as his own single "Party All the Time"), it is a dose of silly fun on a soundtrack that is sorely lacking that quality. Jennifer Saunders' "Fairy Godmother Song" -- which sounds like her Absolutely Fabulous character making up words to the Cinderella classic "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" -- and "Believe-esque" version of "Holding Out for a Hero" also liven up the soundtrack a bit. However, most of Shrek 2 features mopey love songs like Dashboard Confessional's "As Lovers Go [Ron Fair Remix]," the Eels' "I Need Some Sleep," and Rich Price's "I'm on My Way"; they reflect the film's romantic misadventures between Shrek and Princess Fiona, but these songs don't make the soundtrack an especially fun listen, particularly considering that the movie is, ostensibly, first and foremost aimed at kids. But Counting Crows' "Accidentally in Love" -- which sounds like a cross between one of their old hits and the BoDeans' "Closer to Free" -- and Joseph Arthur's "You're So True" are aimed at those kids' older siblings and parents, making Shrek 2 a lukewarm compromise that isn't likely to satisfy either audience.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Dreamworks
UPC:
0602498623831
catalogNumber:
000255712
Rank:
51726

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Murphy   Track Performer
Tom Waits   Vocals,Track Performer
Lipps, Inc.   Track Performer
Counting Crows   Track Performer
Eels   Track Performer
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Track Performer
Joseph Arthur   Track Performer
Jennifer Saunders   Track Performer
Antonio Banderas   Track Performer
Julia Darling   Background Vocals
Colin Stetson   Clarinet
Dashboard Confessional   Track Performer
Pete Yorn   Track Performer
Eric Perney   Upright Bass
Frou Frou   Track Performer
Butterfly Boucher   Track Performer
Rich Price   Track Performer

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Nick Cave   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer
Pete Shelley   Composer
Jim Steinman   Composer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Steven Greenberg   Composer
David Immerglück   Composer
Brad Jones   Producer
Brendan O'Brien   Producer
Michael Ostin   Executive Producer
Dean Pitchford   Composer
Gustavo Santaolalla   Producer
Guy Sigsworth   Producer
Eric Valentine   Producer
Tony Visconti   Producer
Andy Zulla   Producer
John Alagia   Producer
Adam Duritz   Composer
Andrew Sherman   Producer
Dave Smith   Composer
Joseph Arthur   Composer,Producer
Robi Rosa   Composer
Dan Vickrey   Composer
Robin Eaton   Producer
Aaron Warner   Executive Producer
Harry Gregson-Williams   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Score
Ken Rich   Producer
Butterfly Boucher   Producer
Rich Price   Composer
Chris Carrabba   Composer
Juan Campodónico   Producer
Andrew Adamson   Composer,Executive Producer
Stephen Barton   Arranger,Composer
Mark Oliver Everett   Producer
Jeffrey Katzenberg   Executive Producer
Matthew Malley   Composer
Dave Donnelly   Mastering

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