‘The Grinch’ Album Review

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‘The Grinch’ Album Review

Armin Charkhkar, Writer

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In anticipation for the newest Grinch movie to release, a collective playlist entailing multiple artists, including Tyler, The Creator, is available now on Spotify. The playlist, titled Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Soundtrack, is 46 minutes long with various artists such as Run-D.M.C., The Brian Setzer, Danny Elfman, Pentatonix, and many more. This playlist contains rap, orchestra performances, a cappella, and Christmas carols.

While I am not the biggest fan of Christmas music, the playlist is sure to put one in the Christmas spirit and fill the listener with emotion and curiosity throughout each track. This soundtrack uniquely captures music from a wide range of artists in one soundtrack.

The theme is obviously Christmas, but more importantly, it focuses on the story of the Grinch. While this soundtrack is not a lyrical-centric composition, Tyler, The Creator certainly does this section of critique justice with his experimental rap input by creating a groovy Christmas vibe. In ‘Big Bag’, Tyler inputs a personal struggle with his own Christmas experiences as a child by saying, “Could you please tell me what you know about skippin’ 24, 25 ‘cause your mom was at her 9-to-5 still stacking up the dough.” Tyler references his own personal struggle growing up in a financially unstable household, as his single mother was working before and on Christmas in order to afford the holiday obligations. Later on in ‘Big Bag’, Tyler alludes to the Grinch movie when he says, “Quick, fast, big Max with the big bag, I throw ‘em.” Max is the Grinch’s dog that acts as a reindeer in the movie. The bag reference is directed at the enormous bag of gifts Max pulls by sled in the movie. This album’s accumulation of music production is fairly superior to bland Christmas movie soundtracks, which are mostly just instrumental playlists.

Overall, this Christmas soundtrack deserves a strong 7.5 to a light 8 out of 10, purely because the majority of the songs are great, Christmas-filled works of art; however, the practicality of this album only suits one month of the whole year, and it gets dreadful to listen to repetitively.

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