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Ice Age: The Meltdown
by John Powell

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Ice Age:  The Meltdown (Soundtrack) by John Powell

Ice Age: The Meltdown
Composed by John Powell
Decca Records

Rating: 7/10

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“Powell gives this score his all--There’s over an hour of music to soak in, here, so it’s a fantastic release that encompasses all the film’s moments, and thankfully doesn’t sell itself short.”

Powell’s “Ice” is nice…but nothing more?
Review by Steve Townsley

There is a seemingly inexhaustible legion of Hans Zimmer acolytes that are composing today, and there’s a good chance that if an high-profile animated movie is released, someone previously associated with Hans Zimmer in the past will be scoring it. Usually, this is a good thing—the melodies are charming, the action music is tense, and for an animated film, it’s usually just what the picture needs.

Composer JOHN POWELL has deftly provided wonderful scores for not merely animated films but live action as well, and his music has always risen to the subject matter at hand. Which is why his score for Blue Sky studio’s sequel to its’ smash hit “ICE AGE” is charming and appropriate. However, if you’re already familiar with composer DAVID NEWMAN’s jaunty and stirring score for the original, you might wonder why the franchise chose to switch composers. All granted that 1) it is rather a kids film, and kids are less likely to notice (or care), 2) “ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN” is a simple, separate story, stands on its own, and therefore does not require carryover themes, and 3) this kind of thing goes on all the time, and probably shouldn’t be taken personally. Powell, after all, did establish a working relationship on the studio’s previous film, “ROBOTS”, and why not extend that relationship? The musical voice of Pixar has become well associated with Randy Newman, (with a few notable variances), and Dreamworks animation music has mostly been the territory of Hans Zimmer and colleagues Harry Gregson-Williams and Steve Jablonsky.

JOHN POWELL has plenty of experience in animated films prior to this, before, and he brings all of it to the table. Films like “ANTZ”, “SHREK”, and “CHICKEN RUN” have been crafted alongside colleague Harry Gregson-Williams. However, listening to the solo effort of “ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN”, one can hear the stylistic influence of Powell upon those scores, and it starts right off with the introductory cue, “The Waterpark”. Those already familiar with the brilliantly comic score for “CHICKEN RUN” will feel nostalgic. Fortunately, Powell’s following cue, “Vulture of Doom” brings it down several notches with a haunting choral theme and appropriately ominous melodies. In fact, Powell takes a couple tracks to get back up to full-blown rambunctious comedy-action. “Goodnight Sweet Possums” is a lovely lullabye-like cue that redistributes the melody heard throughout. “Food Glorious Food” might be a little cringe-inducing for those hoping that “Sid’s Sing-a-long” would be the only vocal cue…but with a tip of the hat to “Oliver”, the animation cast joins in an amusing, but short musical number that takes more than a few lyrical liberties with the original, and also serves as a good half-way point for dividing the album.

I hate to say that Powell offers little originality with the whole of the score. I don’t feel that it’s entirely true, though more than once I was reminded of his earlier animated works, and even Powell’s score for a non-animated comedy, “JUST VISITING”. And perhaps this just means that the prolific Powell has built up a large enough repertoire of music so that listeners like you and I can make these references to other scores. Powell gives this score his all--There’s over an hour of music to soak in, here, so it’s a fantastic release that encompasses all the film’s moments, and thankfully doesn’t sell itself short. Because, ultimately, there aren’t a lot of kid-friendly songs that make this a children’s album. This is an excellent presentation for those who would appreciate it.

Rating: 7/10

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Track Listing and Ratings

Track

Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 The Waterpark 2:24  
2 The Vulture of Doom 1:19  
3 Migration 3:32  
4 Call of the Mammoth 1:52  
5 Sad Manny and the Possums 1:44  
6 Manny and Ellie Meet 3:44  
7 Traveling with Possums 2:00  
8 12 Ton Mammoth & A 10 Ton Possum 1:55  
9 Attack from Below the Ice 2:04  
10 Extreme Possum 1:50  
11 Who Will Join Me on the Dung Heap? 0:44  
12 Log Moving 0:59  
13 Ellie Remembers 2:41  
14 Foggy Balance 3:53  
15 Goodnight Sweet Possums 0:48  
16 Kidnapped 0:50  
17 Sid's Sing-A-Long 2:08  
18 Food Glorious Food 1:34  
19 The Boat and the Geysers 2:40  
20 The Dam Breaks 1:54  
21 Ellie Gets Trapped 0:32  
22 Manny to the Rescue 2:08  
23 Rescues All Around 3:05  
24 Scrat to the Rescue 1:28  
25 The Water Recedes 1:52  
26 Mammoths 1:24  
27 With the Herd 0:25  
28 Into the Sunset 3:00  
29 The Pearly-Gates 1:32  
30 CPR 0:14  
31 Mini-sloths Sing-A-Long 2:13  
32 The Meltdown 4:24  
  Total Running Time 63:13  

 

   

 

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