The album features updated renditions of original songs like "Beauty and the Beast," plus completely new songs like "Evermore" (sung by Dan Stevens as the The Beast) and "How Does a Moment Last Forever" by Celine Dion, who contributed a pop version of "Beauty and the Beast" with Peabo Bryson way back in 1991.
Now before I dive into some brief thoughts about the new soundtrack (i.e. Emma Watson's mediocre singing and Dan Stevens' deep voice), quickly jumpstart your nostalgia train by having a listen to Emma Watson's version of "Belle":
Now for some thoughts:
Emma Watson has a so-so singing voice. It's good but not great. I'm not mad at it, I just kind of wish Paige O'Hara was crooning at me instead. On a similar note, Dan Stevens' very deep voice in "Evermore" is confusing as hell. We'll forgive him because he's kind of having a moment right now, so I hear.
Ewan McGregor sounds like he had a ton of fun singing "Be Our Guest" and his addition to the musical seems the most natural to me (i.e. Moulin Rouge). And though Emma Thompson slays at life, her version of "Beauty and the Beast" (a.k.a THE ULTIMATE DISNEY SONG) made me way too conscious about Angela Lansbury's absence from this movie. Lastly, Luke Evans sounds breathless in "The Mob Song" which, in my opinion, is the second-best Disney villain song next to Ursula's "Poor Unfortunate Souls." So, perhaps I'm feeling a tinge of disappointment here.
Is all this way too harsh criticism of what could be considered "fine" performances by a fine cast of actors? Maybe. I'm colored by nostalgia. Can you blame me?