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The original soundtrack of WALL*E is something. There are 38 tracks squeezed onto the CD and they explore an amazing array of emotions as you listen to each song. One song, “BNL,” is less than 30 seconds long yet its tuneful sounds become a jingle that stays in your head while the next song plays. There’s a full orchestra with a choir of voices that are out of this world (pardon the pun!) and they play with the senses as the music and story unfold.
WALL*E is a robot on wheels in this space love story. His only attraction is Eve, another robot that seems far advanced in technology than he is. WALL*E’s love for Eve can’t be measured in words. Instead, I think he shows his love for her in the deeds that he performs.
There’s the song, “Repair Ward,” when WALL*E must have needed some work done on him. “Foreign Containment” is an exciting musical entity when foreign matter needs to be put in a locker or some other device. The music builds throughout the tracks to the culmination of WALL*E’s love for Eve and is epitomized by the song, “Down to Earth,” which is performed by Peter Gabriel.
The music has a way of giving a face to WALL*E and Eve and what they must go through as they travel through space. “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” is performed by Michael Crawford from the fabulous musical, “Hello, Dolly,” and sets the tone for the rest of the musical numbers on the CD. Louis Armstrong performs “La Vie en Rose,” which further sets the tone for this robotic love story.
The pristine sounds of the orchestra, the various vocals and ensemble numbers make for an exciting ride for this love story. The music was written by Thomas Newman, Bill Bernstein and Peter Gabriel and shows a depth of creation that I haven’t heard in a long time. My mind wandered as I played the music and I could almost envision WALL*E and Eve in the Disney Pixar movie. I’d give five stars for the production and ambience created by the orchestra and chorals on this CD. Add this one to your repertoire.
Based on previous reviews that I have done, this was an exciting change. There was no shouting, cursing or other types of barriers in the creation of this CD. It was flawless in performance and the Louis Armstrong entry was extra exciting since the original recording of “La Vie en Rose” was probably done in the 1940s and had been remastered. I could even hear him take a breath before playing his trumpet for the next phrase of music.