Rio: Music From the Motion Picture

Rio: Music From the Motion Picture

Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wow. I literally am at a loss for words (of course that will prove contrary as I continue on) at how larger then life this soundtrack is. The album opens on a huge note with Real In Rio, a massive number performed by the cast and the Rio Singers. I hate to put anything up against the massive success of Disney’s The Lion King Soundtrack, but this first track does what The Lion King did for Africa and does the same for Brazil. I kid you not if this first track, let alone the entire album, doesn’t have you on your feet or at least getting your body moving in some way, well, there’s something wrong with you.

Rio’s soundtrack is a perfect blend of Latin grooves and Pop sensibilities but it’s also got its uncontested gems. Of course Real In Rio is the crown jewel on the album but other songs manage to stand out because of character. Flight of the Conchords Jemaine Clement channels Tim Curry in a great performance on Pretty Bird. Clement manages to be both malicious and hilarious with the song. Following up is Jamie Foxx’s Fly Love. This has to be the smoothest track on the album and beautifully sung by Jamie Foxx. Carlinhos Brown and Mikael Mutti provide a sister track to Real In Rio with Sapo Cai that’s so energetic and transporting leading up to a beautiful full orchestration at the back end of the track. Without a doubt anyone that listens to the album will find their own favorites but as far as soundtracks Rio is golden. As always final judgment is yours. Enjoy.

AJ Garcia
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