You usually don’t get to see a soundtrack for a movie coming out five weeks from now, let alone a movie that has a song from it already released five months in advanced, but DreamWorks is apparently putting a lot into Trolls to be their next big hit.
So, I got to listen to the soundtrack for it today. Will this be the deciding factor for how well the movie itself plays out? Are the songs good enough to give us a sneak preview of the great movie that may likely be coming? Let’s find out, this is the soundtrack to Trolls:
Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the official soundtrack to the 2016 DreamWorks animated film Trolls. The soundtrack was released through RCA Records on September 23, 2016, and was made available for pre-order on July 14. The digital pre-order was made available on September 16. The film is inspired by the Troll dolls which became popular in the 1970s. The soundtrack is produced primarily by Justin Timberlake, along with Max Martin and Shellback as additional producers. It features work from Timberlake himself, as well as acts such as Anna Kendrick, Ron Funches, Zooey Deschanel and Gwen Stefani, all of which play characters within the movie, as well as Ariana Grande and Earth, Wind & Fire.
The lead single, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” performed by Timberlake, was released on May 6, 2016, and reached the top position on the charts of 17 countries, including the US Billboard Hot 100.
Of course, you’re already aware of Can’t Stop The Feeling!, which, I know people won’t like to hear this, but I think it’s the best song of the year so far:
That shows up as the second song on the album in that version you’ve already heard but also, there’s a version with the film’s cast that will be in the movie:
And you know what, it’s pretty badass too. In fact, many of the songs on the soundtrack are really good. A lot of the songs are essentially covers done by the film’s cast, you have a collection with Move Your Feet/D.A.N.C.E./It’s A Sunshine Day done by Anna Kendrick:
Zooey Deschanel does a version of Hello by Lionel Richie, which is really good but I wanted to hear more of it, it’s only 90 seconds long:
Anna Kendrick does a good version of The Sound Of Silence by Paul Simon but again, it’s too short, it’s half the length of Hello:
There’s also True Colors by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, seen in the most recent trailer:
And there’s even a version of September with Timberlake, Kendrick, and Earth, Wind & Fire:
In terms of the original songs besides Can’t Stop The Feeling, you have Ariana Grande doing They Don’t Know:
There’s also songs with Gwen Stefani, Ron Funches, and the rest of the cast too and many of them do work, many of them are nicely done and it actually instills a lot more confidence in the movie’s possible enjoyment. Especially hearing a lot of these songs with the animation already shown in the trailers.
At the same time, I must stress that as great of a soundtrack this is, there’s still a definite chance the movie could not be very good at all. Remember, Rock Of Ages from 2012 had a pretty damn good soundtrack to it but the movie itself was pretty lackluster. Even Space Jam, a movie that I love that has a great soundtrack to it, is often seen as not that great of a movie by most people.
So, for all I know, Trolls could still end up not being a good movie, it could have the nice animation and the good soundtrack but if the characters or the story don’t meld together, it won’t make for an overall good movie.
I will say that the Trolls soundtrack is definitely an encouraging sign going forward for hoping that this movie will have something to it along with the impressive animation, the only question is, can the film itself be good enough to justify the great soundtrack and the animation? We’ll find out on November 4th but for now, I highly recommend checking out the soundtrack to Trolls, you might just be pleasantly surprised with it.
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