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Malice in Wonderland (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Composer: Christian and Joe Henson
MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Available 22 June 2010

The music that surrounds Alice in Simon Fellows’s modern take on Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland represents an interesting mix of themes and musical styles. Brothers Christian and Joe Henson draw inspiration from their collection of odd instruments when they created the score for the film, resulting in an truly unusual and exciting mix of musical styles, perfect for the dreamy and sometimes nightmarish setting of the film...

The soundtrack to Simon Fellows's Malice in Wonderland didn't make much of an impression on me when I reviewed the DVD. But to be honest, for the most part, it's pretty interesting when listened to in isolation.

There are beautiful themes in tracks like 'Doochy's Mansion'; 'The First Kiss'; '60 seconds'; 'Alice Runs to Whitey - Parts I & 2'; and 'Mum'. There are also Waltz based themes like 'Caterpillar'. And then there are more upbeat, modern tracks like 'Chase'; 'Felix'; 'Whitey's Arrival'; and 'Felix Runs'.

Also included are two vocal tracks. 'Where are You' is performed by Betty Steeles. Steeles's voice is an acquired taste. She sounds like a strange child - which on first listening is rather annoying. Then there's the just plain silly 'Titty Song' performed by Bobby Chitlin. For novelty value this is amusing... once.

Overall this is an interesting collection of tracks that is just novel enough to prove worthy of your attention.


Darren Rea

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