Disenchanted Soundtracks: Long-awaited, Disney’s Disenchanted, the sequel to 2011’s Enchanted, is now available on Disney+, and it features even more songs and musical moments than the original. The soundtrack for Disenchanted helped make up for the long wait that began when Disney revealed plans for a sequel to their critically acclaimed romantic musical comedy from 2007. Disney stalwarts Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz reteamed for music and lyrics for the sequel, and they more than delivered.
Ten years have passed since the events of the previous film, and now Giselle (Amy Adams), Robert (Patrick Dempsey), and Morgan (now played by Gabriella Baldacchino, a new casting for the film), are happily married with a daughter named Sofia. With their relocation from the Big Apple to the made-up community of Monroeville, the family is embarking on a brand new journey. Despite Giselle’s elation over the transfer, things rapidly turn sour. When a wish goes awry, it takes magic, the power of love, and a lot of songs to put things right again. Top10 Disenchanted Soundtracks are listed here in order from worst to greatest.
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From Worst to Best, Here Are the Top Ten Disenchanted Soundtracks
Giselle, having become the evil stepmother of a fairy tale, has a showdown with Queen Malvina (Maya Rudolph), whom she has challenged for the throne of Monrolasia, in the film’s climactic scene. Before they fight one another, they engage in a musical duel that is unlike anything else in the film. From the first notes, it’s evident that “Badder” is a show-stopping song in Disenchanted that will have listeners dancing and singing along.
The song, which features multiple references to other Disney villains—from Maleficient to Cruella—before concluding that they are worse, has now taken its place among the pantheon of classic Disney villain songs. In an interview with Zavvi, Menken described the song’s development as a “sexy rumba,” and his orchestrations are full of raucous brass instruments.
The song “Miss Baltimore Crabs” from Hairspray, in which Michelle Pfeiffer does a sinister cha-cha, is another example of villain music from a Marsden movie that may come to mind. When compared to the rest of the soundtrack, “Love Power” might seem like an obvious choice for first place, but “Badder” turns out to be Disenchanted’s unexpectedly potent secret weapon.
2. “Love Power”
The song “Love Power” stands out as the most epic and audacious track in Disenchanted’s score. It’s not exactly “Defying Gravity,” but it’s the perfect tune to showcase Menzel’s vocal prowess, which was noticeably absent from the previous film. Menzel, the original Elphaba on Broadway, reunites with Schwartz for this song. The song has a Broadway feel to it, and Menzel owns it just as well as she did her most well-known Disney tune, “Let It Go,” from Frozen. The lines “Let it flourish / Let it glow” are a subtle nod to the Oscar-winning song.
A rather corny and on-the-nose double entendre about how there are people who love power and those who understand and can wield the power of love makes up for the repetitive refrain, which only makes it catchier and gets the message across. Schwartz realizes that the lack of Menzel in the Enchanted soundtrack would be felt by the audience, so he gives them the power ballad they’ve been waiting for. Menzel’s belting is audible throughout the song, but the huge one at the end makes the rest sound like a warmup. It wouldn’t be unexpected if “Love Power,” which Menzel has also released as a single, became a modern Disney classic after this performance.
3. “Fairytale Life (The Wish)”
After “Even More Enchanted” left listeners wanting, “Fairytale Life (The Wish)” in Disenchanted gave Adams her chance to shine. Her singing and Schwartz’s lyrics are given more attention thanks to the orchestration’s fit with her style. Song lyrics like “What do I do if I don’t belong / Where life can never be a fairy tale?” brilliantly portray Giselle’s internal struggle before and after she uses the wishing wand.
The film’s score rises in intensity alongside her as this moment becomes pivotal. The Little Mermaid’s Ariel’s “Part of Your World” has similarities in that it, too, is sung by a character who feels out of place and yearns for a new life, and both songs are written by Alan Menken. Adams’s strength is on display in this song, which is a powerful emotional number.
Morgan owns the “I Want” song “Perfect” off of Disenchanted. Baldacchino owns this number with the same purity, resolve, and crystal-clear belting that characterizes other contemporary Disney princesses, making it stand out in the soundtrack in the same way that other “I Want” songs have done in Disney’s canon.
And to top it all off, Broadway stars Michael McCorry Rose, Ann Harada, and James Monroe Iglehart appear at the beginning to sing for all of 40 seconds. The song they recorded with Dempsey, “Hard Times For Heroes,” was omitted but can be heard as a demo on the soundtrack.
5. “The Magic of Andalasia”
Wed at the end of Enchanted, the animated fairytale land of Andalasia welcomes back its queen and king in “The Magic of Andalasia,” featuring Idina Menzel and James Marsden. Edward’s exaggerated persona shines through in this lighthearted and entertaining song in which he and his wife sing to their goddaughter Sophia as they give her a magical Andalusian wishing wand and explain how to use it. Morgan even jokes, “not if we can help it;” Giselle responds, “not if Andalasians ever just spoke instead of singing.”
It took 15 years to make Enchanted 2, but many people still recall that, even though Menzel was a Tony Award-winning actress and singer, she was the only character in the original film who didn’t get a song. It was well worth the wait to hear Menzel perform in the role of Nancy; her and Marsden’s powerful voices harmonize nicely and sit well beside Menken’s equally robust orchestrations. It’s concise, meaningful, and effective at furthering the plot of Disenchanted.
6. “Fairytale Life (After The Spell)”
After Giselle wishes for everyone to have a fairytale existence, the song “Fairytale Life (After the Spell)” serves as the perfect bridge from Monroeville to Monrolasia. Everyone in the town joins in on the fun for a lively dance song. There are strong visual and aural echoes of “Beauty and the Beast” in this song, as all of Giselle’s domestic appliances come to life and join in the singing.
Of course, Menken also composed that Disney animated classic from 1991. Lyrics from “Be Our Guest” can be found in Disenchanted, making it a Beauty and the Beast easter egg. This performance also marks the first time audiences have heard Dempsey sing in his full Robert persona, accompanied by the marvelously robust vocals of composer Michael Giacchino. It’s a visually gorgeous number with music that isn’t quite as memorable, but it fits the plot perfectly.
7. “Love Power (Reprise)”
Adams sings to Morgan, through tears, that she is the true daughter of Andalasia and that there is no stronger magic than the love she has for her, making “Love Power (Reprise)” the most emotional and subdued song in Disenchanted. Adams’ voice, on the edge of breaking, shines through the gloomy orchestrations in a stunning musical moment.
It brings to mind the most heartfelt moment in Frozen 2, “The Next Right Thing,” which also features gentle, heartbreaking singing and lyrics that may cause some listeners to shed a tear or two. It may be brief, but its emotional impact ensures its placement at number seven.
8. “Even More Enchanted”
Giselle, who in Enchanted launched a Disney princess trend by parodying and riffing on familiar princess cliches, makes her solo debut with the song “Even More Enchanted.” Adams’s convincing Morgan that life in Monroeville will be “much more wonderful” by virtue of Giselle’s presence is a joy to listen to because of the naivete and lightness with which Adams speaks of Giselle. Adams does a wonderful job of belting out the last notes of the song, but her voice is naturally lighter and softer for the role of Giselle, and Menken’s powerful, fast-paced orchestrations almost completely drown her out at times.
Comparisons to “Happy Working Song,” Giselle’s opening solo in Enchanted and one of three songs from the film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, show that “Even More Enchanted” falls far short. Although the song’s refrain is memorable, the lyrics aren’t Schwartz’s finest. Lines like “We’ve left behind those city lights / For riding bikes and flying kites / Now we will be suburbanites” do not do justice to his talents as the composer-lyricist of Wicked, which is being split into a two-part movie to be released in 2024. While it might have used some improvement as a debut solo performance, be assured that she only improves from here on out.
The album Disenchanted begins with the song “Andalasia,” which is a stark contrast to the previous track. You shouldn’t mix “Andalasia” with the same name from the Enchanted score, which features only orchestration by Menken. Different sweeping Menken orchestrations and a gorgeous choir singing in harmony about the realm of Andalasia create the tone for this “Andalasia,” which is based on a fairy tale.
Griffin Newman replaces the original voice of Pip, Giselle’s chipmunk buddy, and the film’s narrator, in Disenchanted. In this song, Pip explains everything that happened in the first movie and in the time between the finish of that movie and the beginning of Disenchanted.
It’s the longest of the 10 tracks at 4:30, but “Andalasia” features almost little singing outside of the chorus. Instead, the focus is on Pip’s narration to his boys (also named Pip and Skip). Pip’s recap does a terrific job of laying up the tale of Disenchanted and reminding viewers of the magnificence of its predecessor, and it also features some humorous mini-reprieves of beloved songs from Enchanted, such as “True Love’s Kiss” and “Ever Ever After.” However, it is ranked so low because of its absence of singing.
10. “Even More Enchanted (Finale)”
As its name implies, “Even More Enchanted (Finale)” is the album’s closing track. It’s the shortest of the 10 songs at only 1 minute and 37 seconds, but the lyrics by Schwartz about the biggest lie in Disney princess movies—that everyone gets their happily-ever-after—are still fantastic.
The song “Even More Enchanted” is reprised to highlight how Giselle’s character has developed: “And if here in reality / My ever-after may not be, at every moment happily/even It’s more / Even more enchanted.” It’s not the best callback song since, by the end of the film, the audience may have forgotten Giselle’s solo from the opening minutes. Because of this and the fact that the song is so brief, it gets given the lowest possible score.
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