A Bug's Life

Randy Newman

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A Bug's Life Review

by Alex Henderson

Best known for his biting wit and often irreverent pop-rock, Randy Newman shows another side of himself on this soundtrack to the Disney animated film A Bug's Life, which included the voices of Kevin Spacey, Madeline Kahn and former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The main focus of this CD isn't Newman the pop-rocker, but Newman the composer of instrumental movie music. Only on the humorous opener "The Time of Your Life" do we hear Newman sing; after that, every piece on the album is an orchestral instrumental heard in the film. A Bug's Life isn't an essential purchase by any means, although some of Newman's more hardcore and devoted fans might find it mildly interesting to hear this other side of him.

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