Bolt OST

Artist: Various
Distributor: Disney

Soundtrack Rating: 3/5

Disney’s finest animated feature in a decade? Howl yeah! But what’s this? Not a single ironic ‘Hound Dog’ or ‘Who Let the Dog’s Out?’ in sight? Perhaps a spanner in the wit wheels at the soundtrack-making factory erased all the wink-wink mutt tracks. Distressing when the alternative is Miley Cyrus and John Travolta mounting opening howler ‘I Thought I Lost You’. Luckily it’s composer John Powell to the rescue, his original score comprising 90% of this CD. Generating a pseudo ‘Greatest Hits’ of past work, Powell pumps his Bourne muscles for ‘Bolt Transforms’ and ‘Scooter Chase’ (which wouldn’t sound out of place on a techno dance floor). Elsewhere, he channels Shrek whimsy (‘New York’) and United 93 sincerity (‘House on Wheels’), fostering a varied if not massively original sound. No dog’s dinner, but not quite top musical mutt.

Via Total Film

Wall•E OST

Artist: Various
Distributor: Walt Disney Records

Soundtrack Rating: 4/5

Predictable as punch. Oh, not the soundtrack to Wall•E. No, we’re talking about the media hoo-ha that smothers every new Pixar product – hoo-ha that focuses primarily on the eye-watering pixelated glory of Lasseter and co’s latest visual treat. Of course, Lasseter and chums are more knowing than that – what are visuals without volume? Rubbish-clearing a neat path between old classics (Louis Armstrong’s ‘La Vie En Rose’ is to die for) and right-modern sci-fi string plucking, erstwhile robot Wall•E’s heart is firmly embedded in composer Thomas Finding Nemo Newman’s gentle, atmospheric tinkling. Harps proclaim the sleek wonder of ‘Eve’, ‘The Spaceship’ adds scale and blast, and ‘First Date’ provides a timeless, woodwind-fuelled dance among the daisies. Kudos also for the inclusion of cheeky corporate advert ‘BNL’. So… predictable?

Via Total Film