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 Posted:   Dec 12, 2018 - 1:08 PM   
 By:   Frank Vincent   (Member)

Bought the CD a few days ago and enjoying it a lot. Some of the melodies don't go out of my head.

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2018 - 10:22 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

I watched the movie tonight. For people who complain that they don't make them like they used to, this film takes great pains to emulate the old Disney style, sincere characters in a threadbare plot, just enough to provide a framework for the elaborate fantasy numbers. If that's what you're looking for, you may love this movie. For me, it was an overdose of whimsy from the moment Lin-Manuel Miranda announced in his stage cockney "Mary Poppins, as I live and breave!"

Some of Shaiman's songs are catchy. I knew one of the orchestrators in college!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2018 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

I don't know how Blunt will be in Mary Poppins; however, I find her to be an incredible, versatile actor. She was good in Edge Of Tomorrow. She was superb in The Girl On The Train, and A Quiet Place.


Amen, sister razz I adore Emily Blunt. She's one of those actors I will watch in anything.

Okay, maybe not this one...but pretty much anything . wink

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2018 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

My review of MARY POPPINS RETURNS, for anyone who's interested.

https://moviemusicuk.us/2018/12/16/mary-poppins-returns-marc-shaiman/

Jon

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2018 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)


Haven’t seen it yet but i’ve heard the album.

The underscore is very good but the songs are instantly forgettable.

The odd,very short snatches you hear of “Spoonful of Sugar”,etc make you long for a new,proper score by the Shermans.

It’s all “trying too hard” US Cock-er-nee !

Remember coming out of the theatre in 1964 whistling many of the tunes???..... well
you won’t be here.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2018 - 8:31 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

Haven’t seen it yet but i’ve heard the album. The underscore is very good but the songs are instantly forgettable. The odd,very short snatches you hear of “Spoonful of Sugar”,etc make you long for a new,proper score by the Shermans. It’s all “trying too hard” US Cock-er-nee ! Remember coming out of the theatre in 1964 whistling many of the tunes???..... well you won’t be here.

This is not in any way true. They buried themselves into my memory immediately.

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2018 - 9:30 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

The underscore is very good but the songs are instantly forgettable.

The odd,very short snatches you hear of “Spoonful of Sugar”,etc make you long for a new,proper score by the Shermans.


I think it's unfair to compare the memorability of songs you've just heard to songs you've been hearing for five decades.

Also not sure what makes these songs less than "proper."

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2018 - 11:18 PM   
 By:   Tom Guernsey   (Member)

The underscore is very good but the songs are instantly forgettable.

The odd,very short snatches you hear of “Spoonful of Sugar”,etc make you long for a new,proper score by the Shermans.


I think it's unfair to compare the memorability of songs you've just heard to songs you've been hearing for five decades.

Also not sure what makes these songs less than "proper."


Totally agree... you can't compare the memorability of songs which are pretty much in the public consciousness with brand new ones. The originals are classics and feel like they've been around forever. I was humming Can You Imagine That and Trip a Little Light Fantastic after the first listen, indeed I had to stop myself from dancing and singing along in the street (and I hate dancing). Absolutely gloriously delightful songs, can't stop listening to it. Great that they are a decent length too; I was worried they'd be a couple of minute after thoughts, but they are full on production numbers. Can't wait to actually see how they appear on screen now...! The underscore is terrific too, a joyous way to conclude the film music year.

Minor technical query; anyone worked out the film order of the album tracks?

 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2018 - 2:26 PM   
 By:   Kylo Ren   (Member)

The underscore is very good but the songs are instantly forgettable.

The odd,very short snatches you hear of “Spoonful of Sugar”,etc make you long for a new,proper score by the Shermans.

I think it's unfair to compare the memorability of songs you've just heard to songs you've been hearing for five decades.

Also not sure what makes these songs less than "proper."



Just got out of seeing this and thought it was great, absolutely loved the songs along with the score.

I haven't seen the first film, and am hardly familiar with the songs so that seems to be a plus for me. It isn't required you have seen it in order to enjoy the new film anyway. There's plenty of exposition for anybody to get the idea.

I think it's rather obvious that the critics having problems are the same ones comparing it to decades old songs and to make matters worse "complaining there is barely any use of the original songs in this film". I had to be told that some of the new songs were in fact new, as I liked them so much I assumed they were reusing songs from the 64 film at that point.

The kids I took along had a blast too, a few having not seen the original Mary Poppins either.

I can't say much for Julie Andrews but Emily Blunt played the part to perfection. I hope this becomes a series of films and she's kept on board, along with Shaiman etc. Quite possibly my favorite Disney musical in a long, long time.

 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2018 - 8:05 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

The underscore is very good but the songs are instantly forgettable.

The odd,very short snatches you hear of “Spoonful of Sugar”,etc make you long for a new,proper score by the Shermans.


I think it's unfair to compare the memorability of songs you've just heard to songs you've been hearing for five decades.

Also not sure what makes these songs less than "proper."


I don't consider it a nostalgia thing. The songs in Mary Poppins were great the first time I heard them and great now. They were instantly catchy and memorable. Same can be said of the Menken/Ashman era. The songs in Returns just haven't grab me. Also while Blunts voice is fine, Julie Andrews was pure bliss. On another note the stylistic approach reminds me a lot of OLIVER! (The live action film not the Disney animated one.)

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2018 - 2:04 AM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

The underscore is very good but the songs are instantly forgettable.

The odd,very short snatches you hear of “Spoonful of Sugar”,etc make you long for a new,proper score by the Shermans.


I think it's unfair to compare the memorability of songs you've just heard to songs you've been hearing for five decades.

Also not sure what makes these songs less than "proper."



There you have it..... when I came out of the theatre whistling the tunes I HADN’T been hearing them for five decades. I had only JUST heard them. They were instantly memorable, with real, catchy tunes.

The songs in this movie left me totally uninterested.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2018 - 6:15 AM   
 By:   John Mullin   (Member)

Well, I still haven't seen the movie, but the songs on the soundtrack have delighted me like nothing else has this year.

NOW the flip side to this is that when I see I movie, I could very well hate it and think that the songs are awful in it, but I love them on the album and my children do too. They've been singing them and mangling lyrics from them all week. And this at a time of year where there are also holiday songs playing constantly on the radio (usually receiving the same treatment).

I kinda don't understand the high horse complaining here that people have against songs they haven't really listened to yet from a film that few people have actually even seen.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2018 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   Pedestrian Wolf   (Member)

Yeah, while I didn't fall in love with every song, a number of them are fantastic to me, and all of them are composed with an astonishing level of care and detail to make them sound like they could have come out of a 1960s Disney movie.

Also, because why the hell not, here's a great take on the film from The New Republic that actually does acknowledge the songs and score, written by my wife (*Scott Aukerman doing Borat Voice* MY WIIIFE*):

https://newrepublic.com/article/152742/everything-possible-mary-poppins-returns

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2019 - 12:34 PM   
 By:   Tom Guernsey   (Member)

Absolutely loved the film (twice!) and the songs within the film (as well as some terrific underscore). Can't understand the negativity. The songs were more or less stuck in my head from the first couple of listens. Particularly enjoyable to have Broadway meets Shermans/Lionel Bart style songs with full on dance sections (albeit judiciously edited for the album) rather than 2 or 3 minute songs that seem more typical of Disney films recently. Gotta admit that I got a bit teary in places (especially during Nowhere to Go But Up, which I would like to think could melt the hardest heart, but I am probably wrong...).

Per my earlier query on the film order of the album, my best determination is as follows:

Theme from Mary Poppins Returns (as his is an orchestral demo of the theme, placing is obviously a matter of taste)
(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky
Overture
A Conversation
Kite Takes Off
Mary Poppins Arrives
Can You Imagine That?
Magic Papers
Banks in the Bank
Into the Royal Doulton Bowl
The Royal Doulton Music Hall
Introducing Mary Poppins
A Cover is Not the Book
Rescuing Georgie
The Place Where Lost Things Go
Off to Topsy’s
Turning Turtle
Chase Through the Bank
Lost in a Fog
Trip a Little Light Fantastic
The Place Where Lost Things Go (Reprise)
Goodbye Old Friend
Race to Big Ben
Trip a Little Light Fantastic (Reprise)
Nowhere to go but Up
(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky (Reprise)
End Title Suite

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2019 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Absolutely loved the film (twice!) and the songs within the film (as well as some terrific underscore). Can't understand the negativity. The songs were more or less stuck in my head from the first couple of listens. Particularly enjoyable to have Broadway meets Shermans/Lionel Bart style songs with full on dance sections (albeit judiciously edited for the album) rather than 2 or 3 minute songs that seem more typical of Disney films recently. Gotta admit that I got a bit teary in places (especially during Nowhere to Go But Up, which I would like to think could melt the hardest heart, but I am probably wrong...).



@Tom
Solid film and score, agreed

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2019 - 6:19 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

Having given this a listen, I don't get the negativity either. It's not the Sherman Brothers, sure, but the songs are solid and catchy (and VERY Broadway) and the score is very clearly Shaiman being Shaiman -- not a bad thing at all. Outside of a couple of the niggles in the mix of the non-sung dialog, this one's a winner.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 20, 2019 - 6:18 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Poppins-Returns-Various-Artists/product-reviews/B07HC3G9TJ/

Check out all the negative reviews because.....either the CD-Text, or more likely the iTunes Database is in Spanish.
And then getting replacement CDs as if that would actually change things (it might if it's CD-Text but still....)

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2019 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   Olivier_Lille   (Member)

Agreed that you can't compare decades-old 'hallowed' songs to the ones in the new offering.
But i also suspect that if there hadn't been a prior 'Mary Poppins', the criticism would be much different.
Been listening to the album, and i must say i anticipate each song on the CD each time (although i find the weakest is the Meryl Streep one) and the disc has been on 'repeat' for 2 weeks now. Actually warmed up to the new songs after a few listens and i do now feel they do provide a happy legacy to the original ones.
Good delightful job !

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2019 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   merlyn   (Member)

Saw this film yesterday. My rating 3 out of 10 very very poor and the songs, well instantly forgettable.
Lyn

 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2019 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

Saw this film yesterday. My rating 3 out of 10 very very poor and the songs, well instantly forgettable.
Lyn


That's surprising, as even from my first viewing I found that the songs Can You Imagine That? and Trip A Little Light Fantastic were immediately memorable, immediately ear worms. And on my 2nd viewing, all the remaining songs I found memorable. I think you need to listen with better ears!

 
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