Dr. Seuss: Horton Hears a Who! [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

John Powell

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Dr. Seuss: Horton Hears a Who! [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Review

by Andrew Leahey

Horton Hears a Who! is a whimsical and zany film, and its soundtrack appropriately follows suit. Created by British composer John Powell (who is also credited with playing the "30 foot water system, euphonifaffamelophone, [and] trombugle" in the liner notes), the original score bounces between genres with all the energy of Dr. Seuss' prose. Gothic choirs, Spanish tangos, string sections, big band horns, and '70s-styled funk, all have there place here, as does the sort of fast, furtive music that so often underscores the action sequences in animated movies. The pieces are short, often only 60 seconds in length, but they flow together with a fluidity that rarely disrupts the album's progress. Powell may not be conjuring up anything we haven't heard before (that is, apart from the euphonifaffamelophone gizmo), but familiarity doesn't keep Horton Hears a Who! from emerging as a smart, diverse, and often surprisingly classy soundtrack.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 John Powell 01:06 Amazon
2 John Powell 00:31 Amazon
3 John Powell 00:46 Amazon
4 John Powell 01:42 Amazon
5 John Powell 01:13 Amazon
6 John Powell 01:02 Amazon
7 John Powell 02:21 Amazon
8 John Powell 03:04 Amazon
9 John Powell 01:41 Amazon
10 John Powell 01:12 Amazon
11 John Powell 02:16 Amazon
12 John Powell 01:16 Amazon
13 John Powell 01:35 Amazon
14 John Powell 02:28 Amazon
15 John Powell 00:23 Amazon
16 John Powell 01:20 Amazon
17 John Powell 01:55 Amazon
18 John Powell 01:17 Amazon
19 John Powell 02:30 Amazon
20 John Powell 01:54 Amazon
21 John Powell 02:45 Amazon
22 John Powell 01:22 Amazon
23 John Powell 02:07 Amazon
24 John Powell 02:16 Amazon
25 John Powell 01:04 Amazon
26 John Powell 00:58 Amazon
27 John Powell 02:40 Amazon
28 John Powell 01:02 Amazon
29 John Powell 01:03 Amazon
30 John Powell 01:12 Amazon
31 John Powell 02:22 Amazon
32 John Powell 01:31 Amazon
33 John Powell 06:51 Amazon
34 John Powell 00:53 Amazon
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