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.
AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson