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Gnomeo & Juliet (soundtrack)


Gnomeo & Juliet (soundtrack)


Gnomeo & Juliet (Original Soundtrack) is the soundtrack to the 2011 film Gnomeo & Juliet released on February 1, 2011 by Walt Disney Records' imprint label Buena Vista Records. The album featured music from Elton John, who was also the film's executive producer, who also composed two original songs for the film with lyrics by Bernie Taupin. The album also featured selections from James Newton Howard and Chris Bacon's score compositions.

Background

The album consisted John's iconic performances from his studio albums and collaborations with Taupin, that have been incorporated into a soundtrack. Apart from his solo performances, it also had duets such as "Crocodile Rock" (with Nelly Furtado) and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with Kiki Dee). It also featured "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room", an official song for Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room that has been performed by Fulton Burley, The Mellomen, Thurl Ravenscroft and Wally Boag. John admitted that Dick Cook, former chairman at Walt Disney Studios, suggested him to write new songs for the film with Bernie Taupin, he thought it was a good idea, that he had not done before. Later, he enlisted James Newton Howard whom had worked in Elton's band.

Two original songs for the film titled "Hello, Hello" and "Love Builds A Garden" with lyrics by Taupin was featured in the film. Taupin added that "I had to re-evaluate myself with any pop sensibilities still lurking in my decidedly un-pop brain. Cue some old Beatles circa 'Magical Mystery Tour' and voila, that sounded like a good starting point." The track "Hello, Hello" had a solo and duet performance, with Lady Gaga. John admitted that John and Gaga had conducted duet performances in house to raise money for HIV/AIDS, and last year, while performing the same, he mentioned on doing the song in a film, which she agreed to. Gaga recorded the track during her hectic schedule in The Monster Ball Tour, she had to record her parts separately in Scandinavia and then in New York City. John said that "she added so much of her own magic to the song and gave it a new life. Obviously, it was a duet and I was looking for someone to sing it with. Because she’s one of my new best friends and I love her to death, it was nice that she was so excited to do it. That was a real plus for us, and it worked out brilliantly." The duet performance was not included in the soundtrack, which only had solo performances by John. On May 4, 2011, the duet was leaked online and available for download on most sharing websites.

Track listing

Reception

Music critic Jonathan Broxton wrote "Although Gnomeo & Juliet is not going to be a big hit with traditional score fans who are looking for a ‘proper’ James Newton Howard material, I actually found myself enjoying this album quite a bit. As an Elton John fan, I’ve always liked his songs, and the way Bacon and Howard treat them in the score is clever and fun, which is a lot more than you can say about a lot of film music these days." Kimberly of She Scribes called it as "a great album that both adults and children can enjoy together". Filmtracks.com wrote "Gnomeo & Juliet is targeted firmly at John listeners, so unless you film score collectors out there want to hear Howard and crew simply adapt John's songs into a decent but rather generic underscore, steer clear. That said, about nine minutes of that score is quite easy on the ears, the "Dandelions" suite a strong addition to any collection of lightly romantic movie music."

Accolades

The song "Hello Hello" by Elton John and Lady Gaga were nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, the Satellite Award for Best Original Song, and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Song.

Personnel

Credits adapted from AllMusic.

  • Music – Chris Bacon, Elton John, James Newton Howard
  • Orchestration – Pete Anthony
  • Score producer – Jim Weidman, Stuart Michael Thomas
  • Soundtrack producer – David Furnish, Elton John
  • Recording, mixing – Shawn Murphy
  • Mastering – Pat Sullivan
  • Music editor – David Olson
  • Executive producer – Chris Montan
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References


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