The other day while cleaning my room, I stumbled upon my old DVD collection with all the best movies of my childhood. Flipping through the stack, I recalled all my favorite characters and storylines: “Shrek,” “The Iron Giant,” “Toy Story,” “James and the Giant Peach,” and undoubtedly my favorite of them all “Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron.”
Immediately I ran to my TV room and popped the movie in. The movie was as wonderful as I had remembered. However, one thing stuck out to me this time that I had never noticed before: the music.
The music resonates beautifully with every theme and emotion that the story line conveys. Upon further research I found that the score was produced by none other than the legendary Hans Zimmer.
For those of you who are not familiar with Zimmer, he created the scores for such films as “The Dark Knight,” Gladiator,” “Inception” and “The Lion King.” It was all starting to make sense now.
I went online and purchased the soundtrack to “Spirit,” and I’ve been secretly listening to it ever since. While it may be hard to admit to listening to a soundtrack from a kids movie, I have to make the argument that these musical scores are not just for kids. Great music knows no age, race or gender.
The album starts with alternative rock and pop songs with a driving beat, sung over by Bryan Adams. A few tracks in we receive a guest appearance from Sarah McLaughlin on the song “Don’t Let Go.” About two-thirds through the album, the content changes entirely. However it’s a smooth enough transition that it works, especially in context to the movie. This is where the work of Hans Zimmer appears. Epic and nearly overwhelming scores finish out this album strong.
The music on this album really needs to be experienced in order to understand what I’m talking about here. It’s as epic and touching as the movie itself, which is also worth a viewing. I would recommend that everyone, regardless of age or gender, immediately purchase both the movie and its soundtrack. You won’t be disappointed.
This is an absolute 5/5 in my book.