The soundtrack to Shrek the third, like it's predecessors, features a diverse array of artists. While not as good as the first (which was brilliant - by the way, to the other reviewer, it DID have Rufus Wainwright singing "Hallelujah" on it, I have the cd), this is still very good. Having not seen the movie yet (so I don't know what was omitted), and having already owned "9 crimes" by Damien Rice (on his "9" album) whose omission bothered most, I'm writing my review based on the music on the cd.
Appearing again (he's been on all 3 soundtracks) is Eels, opening with the upbeat "Royal pain", and appearing again the sunny but merlancholic "Losing streak".
Black Eyed Pea Fergie does a chugging version of the Heart rocker "Barracuda". "Best days" by Matt White is sunny and upbeat, the choppy rocker "Joker and the thief" by Wolfmother (with wailing vocals), the jangly, midtempo "Other ways" by Trevor Hall (great voice), and "What I gotta do" is a soulful ballad by Macy Gray (also featured on her superb new CD "Big").
We get the singing donkey again, Eddie Murphy (with Antonio Banderas), on a remake of the funky Sly & The Family Stone hit "Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again)". "Final showdown" is a showtune like piano ballad by Maya Rudolph and Rupert Everett, and "Charming's plan" is a sweeping cinematic instrumental by Harry Greggson-Williams.
Some oldies show up; "Immigrant song" by Led Zeppelin, "Live & let die" by Wings, "Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?" by The Ramones, and the lovely "Cats in the cradle" by Harry Chapin.
Good, 4 and a half stars really!