By Jan-Carl Resurreccion
Let me preface this review by saying I am an avid fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and this is in no small part to the music. Daniel Ingram composed almost all the songs from the show, and the man does good work. The show features mostly pop tunes, and terrifyingly catchy pop tunes too. Any follower of the show is keenly aware of how catchy “Winter Wrap Up” is. I went into this endeavor predisposed towards this type of music but with high expectations.
The album can be split into two categories: music that sounds like what you’d find in the show and music that sounds like what you’d find on the radio. In the first category are songs like “We Got This Together” and “One Small Thing.” Let us dispel any illusions: this is music targeted at eight-year olds. But it is good music targeted at eight-year olds. The feel-good songs are just as peppy as anything in the show, but with the added force of a proper orchestra behind them, and “Open Up Your Eyes” is a chilling, if blunt and kid-safe song about loss of innocence and trust.
As for the second category, the songs there are nice and could perhaps blend in just fine on any other pop soundtrack, but they didn’t make any lasting impression. Most of these are covers of older songs, although “Rainbow” by Sia and “Off to See the World” by Lukas Graham are originals. These songs don’t have the same kid-oriented feel, although they don’t have anything inappropriate on the face.
In conclusion, those familiar with the music of the television show will notice the same feel in the tunes on the big screen. If you’re not a big fan of kid-friendly, let alone kid-oriented music, you probably won’t enjoy it. But then again, why are you reading a review about the My Little Pony: The Movie soundtrack if you’re not already in the market for that sort of thing?
fav track: We Got This Together
Listen To My Little Pony: The Movie Soundtrack below if you dare.