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Cars 3
(2017)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Don Davis
Jonathan Sacks
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(June 16th, 2017)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you've always embraced your soft spot for Randy Newman's innocuous, Americana-styled wholesomeness for the Pixar universe and seek a belated return to this realm by the composer in true form.

Avoid it... if you expect Newman to embolden his thematic core from the first film with any memorable force, the neat reprises existing but not forming a truly cohesive narrative; additionally be aware of a rather one-dimensional recording.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,872
WRITTEN 7/30/17
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Cars 3: (Randy Newman) Though considered the ugly step-child of the Pixar properties for more than a decade, the Cars franchise continues to dazzle young boys with its anthropomorphic vehicles, proving, perhaps, that it's actually the spin-off Planes franchise that deserves the greater scorn. Only the third film in the series since the 2006 original, Cars 3 returns almost all the original voice cast back for another encore (unused recordings of Paul Newman were even resurrected for the occasion), largely bypassing the events of the second, 2011 film, and wrapping up the Radiator Springs/Lightning McQueen ascendance storyline. McQueen, having been the triumphant new kid on the track in the first film, is nearing forced retirement due to a more technologically adept younger generation of racers. He inevitably transitions his role from champion to coach over the course of the film, seeking to leave the track a winner and inspire other cars in more ways than the usual, demeaning endorsement deals. The film performed reasonably well, baffling critics with its staying power, and some of its renewed charm compared to Cars 2 is no doubt owed to composer Randy Newman, the original musical voice of Pixar animation who is in his 70's and semi-retired in the 2010's. The famed songwriter and performer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, and Monsters University from that year represents his only major foray into film music in the decade. His return for Cars 3 is as vital to the Pixar universe as John Williams is to Star Wars; as much as Michael Giacchino attempted to step in competently for Cars 2, he was the wrong match for this franchise and listeners shrugged off that score as a misguided substitute. Newman's compositional voice is almost as memorable as his actual one, and while most of his Pixar-related music is generally described as "the Toy Story sound," it does explore different facets of the composer's Americana sensibilities in each distinct franchise. One of the more intriguing aspects of the >Cars concept for Newman is his continuing decision not to employ representations of vehicle sounds into his music.



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Average: 3.13 Stars
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**** 22 4 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 50:14
• 1. Storm's Winning Streak (1:21)
• 2. When All Your Friends Are Gone/Crash (3:44)
• 3. Doc's Painful Demise (1:25)
• 4. Mater on the Horn (0:28)
• 5. Sistine Chapel on Wheels (1:05)
• 6. Temple of Rust-Eze (1:25)
• 7. A Career on a Wall/Electronic Suit (3:20)
• 8. Drip Pan (1:11)
• 9. McQueen's Wild Ride (2:05)
• 10. Biggest Brand in Racing (3:10)
• 11. Fireball Beach (2:15)
• 12. Pull Over, Now!/Cruz's Racing Dreams (1:59)
• 13. 1.2% (1:21)
• 14. If This Track Could Talk (2:32)
• 15. Letters About You (2:02)
• 16. Smokey Starts Training/A Blaze of Glory (5:56)
• 17. Starting Dead Last (1:41)
• 18. Flashback & Pit Stop (3:32)
• 19. Through the Pack (3:41)
• 20. Victory Lane (3:50)
• 21. The Fabulous Lightning McQueen (2:08)

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