I wrote an article recently about the presence of “magic” in the new addition to The Chronicles of Narnia movies. But after seeing Disney’s Prince Caspian, the magical elements of the story didn’t catch my attention as much as the music. The score alone created the mood and upheld the fantasy of this movie. It was completely mesmerizing, and the soundtrack is no different.
The majority of this CD is composed by Harry Gregson-Williams, a British film score composer. As well as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, his other titles include Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (one of my favorites), Man on Fire (my husband’s favorite), and The Number 23 (which if you haven’t seen, could soon become one of your favorites).
Gregson-Williams has a great mix of instruments and moods in the pieces featured on the Prince Caspian soundtrack. This is music I can listen to while writing or even exercising, or, to tell you the truth, I turn up the first track called “Prince Caspian Flees” and play Lego® Starwars. It's very appropriate background music for the exploding Lego people!
The album also includes the song played during the credits, “The Call” by Regina Spektor, as well as “The Dance ‘Round the Memory Tree” by Oren Lavie and Hanne Hukkelberg’s “Lucy,” which was not featured in the film.
The one thing I don’t understand about this album is why they marketed it with “This is Home” by Switchfoot. That is the worst song on the CD. I can hardly listen through once without choking on the contrast of Oren Lavie’s soothing voice and the alternative rock style of Switchfoot.
The real selling point of this album is Regina Spektor’s The Call. This song embodies the entire movie. And it’s just a beautiful piece. Sometimes Spektor’s music is simply bizarre, but her voice was absolutely beautiful, and the accompaniment just as captivating.
I highly recommend this soundtrack for anyone who has seen Prince Caspian. The music will take you back to the fantasy realm of Narnia. But I do have to say, even if you haven’t seen the movie, this CD contains some amazing music you wouldn’t want to miss.