A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this delightful collection of songs doesn't include every tune in the popular animated movie, and some of the songs are performed by different lead singers. The song "Jump 'N Move" has a nearly unintelligible drug reference or two. But overall, content is safe and familiar and unlikely to offend.
What's the story?
Thirteen upbeat tracks feature an inspired variety of popular singers and musical arrangements on the HAPPY FEET soundtrack. There's k.d. lang on a dreamy-soft Beatles medley ("Golden Slumbers/The End"), Robin Williams singing "My Way" in Spanish, and a spectacular Patti LaBelle rendition of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish." There are also appearances by Pink, Prince, the Beach Boys, Brittany Murphy, Nicole Kidman, and Jason Mraz.
Is it any good?
Although some of the terrific songs in the movie aren't on this album and will be missed by fans, there's still a lot here to have fun with. Playing against type and vocal expectations on many of the tunes makes for a delicious, riskier-than-usual collection. Who would have thought that Murphy could nail a Queen song, for example? But "Somebody to Love" (backed by a full choir) is powerful. So is lang crooning her Beatles medley as though it were a torch song. LaBelle can't help stealing the show on "I Wish." Backed by a gospel choir and a percolating rhythm section, she gives this familiar tune a shot of brand-new energy.