It was yesterday evening that my 8 year-old brother and I went to the movies to see Over The Hedge starring a star studded voice cast. For those of you that think Steve Carell can’t be funny as a computer generated squirrel with A.D.D., you’re completely wrong. I still haven’t decided if it’s worse to “LOL” at an AIM conversation or a computer generated movie. Needless to say, I laughed a lot during that flick.
I’m not here to rant about how good of a movie it is but, rather, how good the music is! Ben Folds has one of those voices that is automatically recognizable. Within the first 20 minutes of the movie a song started to play that was Ben Folds and I kind of grinned and was like, “Hey, its Ben Folds!” Then another Ben Folds song was used. And another. AND ANOTHER.
Pretty soon there were four Ben Folds songs at separate times in the movie, all of which I had never heard before (save for one). Going into the movie I had no idea that Folds had contributed five unreleased tracks to the official soundtrack – all of which are perfectly written for the current scenes and themes in the movie. Three new songs, one Clash cover, and a rewrite to “Rockin’ The Suburbs.” A testament to his great songwriting abilities? A favor guaranteed to friend and Over The Hedge voice actor William Shatner? Folds’ love for computer generated movies? Although I say “yes” to all of the above.. We may never really know the answer, but what I do know is that these songs are pretty damn good. Check out “Still (Reprise)” especially – it’s really good.
[MP3] Ben Folds – Family Of Me
[MP3] Ben Folds – Heist
[MP3] Ben Folds – Still
[MP3] Ben Folds – Lost In The Supermarket (The Clash Cover)
[MP3] Ben Folds – Still (Reprise)
[MP3] Ben Folds – Rockin’ The Suburbs (Over The Hedge Version)
He did a cool blog entry on his MySpace talking about the production and energy that went into working on a major motion picture soundtrack. Going to see Hedge is not a bad idea – at all. Better yet, for those without a little sibling/child or those that can’t stomach a kiddy flick… BUY the soundtrack! I’m just glad they didn’t ask Avril to do the soundtrack.