Brave Soundtrack

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Fun, upbeat soundtrack to inspiring Pixar flick.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Educational Value

The record does a good job of capturing the classic musical sounds of Scotland.

Positive Messages

The handful of tracks with lyrics relay positive messages about never letting life's problems get you down and working through the issues you may be experiencing with someone you love.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Merida is smart and independent; she may be stubborn, but she knows what she wants and even though she makes mistakes she ultimately does the right thing.

Violence & Scariness

Some mildly ominous tones in a couple of the instrumental tracks.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that with its fun, sweet, and inspiring lyrics and instrumental sounds, the Brave Soundtrack is a great choice for younger kids and parents. Its few tracks with lyrics are motivational and upbeat, and the interesting instrumentals are a cut above the typical movie music fare.

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Teen, 17 years old Written bySeth S. March 7, 2014

Nice songs, occasionally brilliant score by Patrick Doyle:

Brave's soundtrack starts out with three songs, which are all entirely enjoyable. They give off a nice, "Celtic Woman" flare. The score by Patric... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old February 15, 2014


Some of it's good and happy and some of it's kinda poorly made. Nothing much, like sound track is..

What's the story?

The BRAVE SOUNDTRACK, from the Pixar movie of the same name, features 20 tunes -- 16 of which are instrumental. The four vocal tracks are all by Brits: Scottish vocalist Julie Fowlis contributes two, Mumford & Sons teams up with teen singer Birdy on a song, and actress Emma Thompson (who provides the voice of Queen Elinor in the movie) performs another. The instrumental tracks were penned by Scottish composer Patrick Doyle.

Is it any good?

With everything from upbeat Scottish jigs to adrenaline-charged arrangements, this soundtrack does an exceptional job of capturing the spirit and fun of the movie itself. Parents will appreciate the contributions from adult folk-rockers Mumford & Sons, which lends a contemporary sound to this kid-friendly record.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the cultural mix of artists on this record, and how their backgrounds may help to enhance the movie's overall musical experience.

  • Scottish singer Julie Fowlis performs on two of the few tracks with lyrics. How does her authentic sound contribute to your experience of watching the film?

  • Does listening to this music make you want to see the movie? Would you be interested in the soundtrack if you hadn't seen the movie?

Music details

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Release date: June 19, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Disney
  • Genre: Soundtrack
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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