Because I’m a guy passionate about music, I’m excited to have this blog to let off a little steam about what I love once in a while. This week I’d like to talk about the Muppets Most Wanted Soundtrack. Being a huge Muppet fan it takes a lot to please me since the death of Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s basic retirement, but I gotta tell ya, this soundtrack is awesome.
I’ve always been a fan of Paul William’s songs for Muppets, but Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) got his foot in the door with the last Muppet movie with songs like “Life’s A Happy Song” and “Man or Muppet”, which won an Oscar that year.
This soundtrack does not disappoint. It may be the best music associated with the Muppets in years. Bret has done an amazing job mixing Muppets with his music. These songs are so catchy and clever with that tongue in cheek feel that works perfect for the Muppets.
From the opening cut “We’re Doing a Sequel”, a great up-tempo songs with lines like “Everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good” and “Were doing a sequel the studio wants more, while they wait for Tom Hanks to do Toy Story Four”, are totally at home with the Muppets.
Tina Fey is great singing “The Big House” as the prison Warden with a cameo by Josh Groban.
Matt Vogel does an excellent job as Constantine (Kermit’s evil look-a-like). His duet with Ricky Gervais (who knew he could sing) is great and his love song to the star struck Piggy might be one of my most favorite pop songs to come along in a long time. It makes me want to get up and sing the song to my wife with my Kermit puppet on arm.
Ty Burrell of Modern Family fame and his duet with Sam the Eagle doing an interrogation with the Muppets is hilarious and hits the Muppets comedy delivery right on target.
The puppeteers doing Jim’s and Frank’s voices are not what Jim and Frank were, but they do a pretty admirable job and I’m for anything that keeps the Muppet franchise going. They’re fun and as usual there are lots of lines to bring out the kids in all of us adults.
Bret McKenzie’s songs are clever, wonderful and catchy. He even sings five cuts at the end of the album that were demos with him doing the voices.
This soundtrack makes me ache for the movie so I can see my friends on the big screen again doing what they do best. Singing, dancing and making me laugh.