Like the previous Shrek movie soundtracks before it, the SHREK FOREVER AFTER SOUNDTRACK contains most of the songs from the movie. However, the songs on this album are delivered with a twist. Instead of just being a straight-forward album, the album is conceived as being a radio show entitled "The Rumpelstiltskin Show" hosted by the one and only Rumplestiltskin. The songs from the movie are broken up by dialog and segments from Rumple's show. Through the course of the show, various characters from the Shrek movies make appearances. For example, Pinocchio makes a telephone call into the radio request line.
Musically, I felt the soundtrack to SHREK FOREVER AFTER is weak, especially compared to previous movies' soundtracks. For instance, the SHREK helped propel Smash Mouth's version of "I'm a Believer" to the upper realms of the stratosphere and the SHREK 2 soundtrack had a cult-favorite in Jennifer Saunders' rendition of "Holding Out For a Hero." The SHREK FOREVER AFTER SOUNDTRACK doesn't have any memorable tunes. I think the producers realized this and that's why the album is presented in the radio show format. I also think they wanted to capitalize on Rumpelstiltskin, who despite his villainy turned out to be just as popular a character as Lord Faraquaad or Fairy Godmother. The radio show format takes a little time getting used to, but after listening to the album several times, it grew on me.