Music Review: 'Gnomeo and Juliet' Soundtrack

Filed under: Music

Rated ON for Ages 5 and Up

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this soundtrack features several Elton John classics such as "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer," and "Your Song," among others. The songs are the original versions. "Saturday Night" says "belly full of beer" and "old man's drunker than a barrel full of monkeys." Lady GaGa joins John in the film version of "Hello, Hello," but isn't heard on the soundtrack.

The good stuff

  • Messages: Story is about forbidden love, but the soundtrack songs are mostly about love, and having fun.
  • Role models: Gnomeo and Juliet show us that feuds are silly and love is grand.
What to watch out for

  • Violence: Not an issue.
  • Sex: Not an issue.
  • Language: Not an issue.
  • Consumerism: Soundtrack released to promote movie.
  • Drinking, drugs, and smoking: Nothing serious or obvious to kids, but these are original Elton John songs. "Saturday Night" says "belly full of beer" and "old man's drunker than a barrel full of monkeys."

What's the Story?

Based on Shakespeare's play about star-crossed lovers, "Gnomeo & Juliet" tells the tale of two garden gnomes plagued by forbidden love. The soundtrack features six Elton John classics in their original form ("Tiny Dancer," "Your Song," "Bennie & the Jets"), and a new version of "Crocodile Rock" sung by Nelly Furtado and Sir Elton. He also penned two new songs for the movie. Lady GaGa sings with John in the movie version of "Hello, Hello," but is left out of the soundtrack.

Is It Any Good?

Somehow Sir Elton John spoken in the same sentence as feuding gnomes doesn't seem all too unbelievable, but perhaps that's a testament to the fact that his music transcends generations, genres, and even gardens. Parents will love the inclusion of favorites like "Your Song," "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer," and "Saturday Night," as well as the Disney tune "The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room." Acclaimed composer James Newton Howard's ("My Best Friend's Wedding") four instrumental tracks tell the story of Gnomeo and Juliet with hints of Elton John's melodies that bring it all together seamlessly, and Nelly Furtado sings a fun, updated version of "Crocodile Rock" that kids of all ages will love.

This review was written by Jessica Dawson.

Listen to "Crocodile Rock" by Nelly Furtado and Elton John here:

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