Frozen‘s Idina Menzel reunites with her Rent co-star Anthony Rapp in the currently running Broadway production If/Then. While not entirely successful, the musical features some wonderful songs and performances, particularly from Menzel. Here are some highlights:
Like most of the human population, we in the Muruch household love Pharrell’s cheery smash “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. The irrepressibly upbeat, Oscar-nominated tune is also featured on former Neptunes and N.E.R.D. singer-producer Pharrell’s new sophomore solo album, GIRL.
From the Jackson meets Timberlake vibe of the opener “Marilyn Monroe” through the duet with Justin Timberlake himself “Brand New,” the album is brimming with the smooth falsetto and peppy electro-soul charm we’ve come to expect from any Pharrell song.
“Happy” is by far the standout track, but “Hunter” is another catchy favorite.
The album isn’t without its flaws. The Daft Punk guest spot “Gust of Wind” is surprisingly forgettable and songs like “Little Queen” and the Reggae Lite duet with Alicia Keys, “Know Who You Are,” sound more like album filler than actual songs. But overall GIRL is an extremely enjoyable listen.
I was impressed to learn that Alexander Ebert, frontman of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, is responsible for the gorgeous score for All is Lost. J.C. Chandor directs Robert Redford in the lost-at-sea drama, due out on DVD on February 11th.
Though I fear he may soon suffer from Pitbull-like guest vocal overexposure, I love Miguel’s voice. His new song “Simple Things” is featured on the Girls Vol 2 soundtrack, which will be released tomorrow.
One of my favorite things about the new Sandra Bullock space movie Gravity was its music. I was surprised to see an unfamiliar name credited. The man responsible is Steven Price, who has worked on “additional music” for several film composers and was responsible for scoring The Worlds End. You can hear a preview for his work on Gravity below.