A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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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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?