I am a big fan of John Powell and so I couldn't wait to purchase "Rio" and "Mars Needs Moms" which are his latest works. Rio is a MUST HEAR soundtrack!! Powell never ceases to amaze me with his ability to compose such strong themes for movie soundtracks. I must say that Rio is not as good as Powell's 2010 "How To Train Your Dragon" soundtrack. None the less this is diffidently a CD that all of you Powell fans should add to your collection. I also purchased the soundtrack to "Mars Needs Moms" and it is not nearly as good as Rio. I think the reason for this is because in Mars Needs Moms the main theme is not easy to hear until close to the end of the soundtrack, which makes the music sounds rather sketchy with no thought put into it. The main them to Rio on the other hand can be strongly heard only 28 seconds into the first track, and it is a powerful theme that plays throughout the soundtrack.
Some really good tracks to look forward to if you buy this, include:
Track 1 "Morning Routine"
Track 2 "Meet Tulio"
Track 8 "Bedtime Flyers"
Track 13 "Bird fight"
Track 14 "Birds Moved"
Track 18 "Flying"
I don't know if this Soundtrack is going to win an Academy Award for Powell but again i must say that this is diffidently music worth listening to. For those of you who like to hear original orchestration in Powell's music rather then synthesizer music, Rio is the way to go!! Track 18 listed above (which is the final track done by John) explodes into the main theme 26 seconds in for the last time,and with the strings soaring with the melody followed by the rest of the orchestra carrying the harmony and background music, it is sure to give the listener goosebumps. Rio takes the cake above "Mars Needs Moms" and I highly recommend it!