While watching "Ice Age 3" I became aware of the very imaginative and at times hilarious sound track. It's full of surprises. It has variations on "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," one a fun tango version. It also includes the full dynamic vocal rendition by Lou Rawls himself, the last track on the CD. The "Adagio from Spartacus" by Khachaturian and Chad Fischer's "Alone Again (Naturally)" from the Gilbert O'Sullivan songbook pop up.
It has a full rich orchestra (Hollywood Studio Symphony) playing the score on forty-four tracks of music composed and produced by John Powell. Some of score is light hearted, some portentous to go with the action sequences. A large chorus is used for vocal sounds, not words.
Here are my impressions of the CD: a galloping overture, touches of Leonard Bernstein; in other tracks light-hearted melodies, some fairy tale quality, fine classical range of sound, some like the old Disney full-length musical accompaniments, feels like great vast open spaces, playful stretches, circus music, rollicking stuff, balletic section, background for a Western, lush strings, solo piano sequence, Apocalyptic section, and some triumphant melodies.
I think the CD can stand on its own as a pleasant listening experience even for those who haven't seen the hilarious and very well done movie.