Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman

Anastasia [Music From the Motion Picture]

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Since Anastasia is animator Don Bluth's attempt at a sweeping epic along the lines of Disney's Beauty and the Beast or The Hunchback of Notre Dame, it's not surprising that its score duplicates the Disney formula of balancing big show tunes from the film with re-recorded MOR pop versions of the same song. In this case, it's Aaliyah singing "Journey to the Past," and Deana Carter's cover of "Once Upon a December," and the Donna Lewis and Richard Marx duet on "At the Beginning" -- fine versions of fine songs that sound better in their original incarnation (also included on the disc). Fortunately, the bulk of the album is comprised of selections from the soundtrack. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have written the songs for Anastasia, and their work is generally quite good; occasionally the lyrics are silly ("Rumor in St. Petersburg"), but perhaps that should be expected, given the difficulty of making the story of Anastasia into an animated musical. On the whole, Anastasia might not live up to the high standards that The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast set, but it's as good as Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and that's not bad company at all.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman feat: Jonathan Dokuchitz / Kelsey Grammer 03:25 Amazon
2 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman feat: Liz Callaway 02:55 Amazon
3 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman feat: Liz Callaway 02:48 Amazon
4 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman feat: Jim Cummings 03:21 Amazon
5 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman feat: Liz Callaway / Jonathan Dokuchitz / Kelsey Grammer 02:36 Amazon
6 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman feat: Kelsey Grammer 01:45 Amazon
7 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman feat: Jonathan Dokuchitz / Ensemble / Bernadette Peters 03:02 Amazon
8 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman feat: Donna Lewis / Richard Marx 03:40 Amazon
9 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman feat: Aaliyah 04:04 Amazon
10 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman feat: Deana Carter 03:34 Amazon
11 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman 06:23 Amazon
12 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman 02:36 Amazon
13 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman 03:05 Amazon
14 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman feat: Liz Callaway / Angela Lansbury 04:29 Amazon
15 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman 03:17 Amazon
16 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman 02:59 Amazon
17 Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty / David Newman feat: Thalía 03:07 Amazon
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