"Let's Compare EQG" blog part 5! I have a feeling some of you were waiting for this one... This time, we compare the movies' music. Which film has the best songs? The best musical score? Or which film bore the musical equivalent of Sweetie Belle's rendition of "99 Buckets of Oats on the Wall"?
Plus, some bonus polls!
Here's my own ranking:
- Rainbow Rocks: When it comes to music, Rainbow Rocks has perhaps the most enjoyability and variety while still focusing on a particular theme/genre (that theme, of course, being rock music). Since it's more of a musical than the other films, there's much more to appreciate than usual, from the pop rock sound of the opening theme, Better Than Ever, and Shine Like Rainbows to the lighter pop of Shake Your Tail to the harder (and almost progressive) rock sound of Under Our Spell, Awesome As I Wanna Be, and Welcome to the Show. There's even some synthpop (Tricks Up My Sleeve) and progressive metal thrown in. In regards to the background music, a lot of the tracks sound more at home in Equestria; there's not as much focus on techno as there was in the first film and more sweeping orchestra. I especially like the music that plays whenever the Dazzlings are on-screen.
- Legend of Everfree: While not as heavy on genre variety as Rainbow Rocks or Friendship Games, Legend of Everfree goes all out with the acoustic and folk sound, placing a heavier emphasis on string instruments. The title song fits the setting perfectly (and the clapping is an excellent touch), The Midnight in Me is a brilliant piano/orchestra ballad, the contemporary pop-sounding Embrace the Magic has wonderful vocals, and Legend You Were Meant To Be stands out well as an electronic dance piece. Hope Shines Eternal is easily my favorite song in the soundtrack. This film also has my favorite musical score in the EqG series, with a fantastic folksy motif and some character pieces peppered throughout -- like Rarity's techno, Filthy Rich's jazz, Midnight Sparkle's almost DISTORTED orchestra, and a lovably cheesy 80's/90's slow rock number near the end. I especially love the heroic score that plays during the climax, which sounds like something composed by Alan Silvestri.
- Friendship Games: Like Rainbow Rocks, there's a bit of variety to Friendship Games' songs and music, with a bigger focus on drums, brass, and woodwinds. While I certainly enjoy the rock sound of the title song, the softer guitar of What More Is Out There?, and the classical/dark cabaret sound of Unleash the Magic, I personally got tired of the "na-na-na"'s by the time ACADECA played, and I found Right There in Front of Me a little underwhelming. Where this movie definitely shines, however, is the background music. I particularly like the techno beats for Twilight's scenes, the tango music in Principal Cinch's scenes, and the heroic, action-packed suites that play during the Tri-Cross Relay and the film's climax.
- Equestria Girls: On the whole, I found the first film's songs and musical score to be pretty "meh" compared to what came later, but it does have some positives. This Strange World and Time to Come Together make use of some nice-sounding acoustic guitar, and depending on one's personal taste, the techno-pop sound of the opening song, This is Our Big Night, and A Friend for Life are okay too. A number of the songs didn't leave much of an impression at first, but they grew on me after a few re-listens. The title song, however, was pretty great and catchy from the first listen. As far as the background music goes, it's pretty much what one would come to expect from William Anderson -- fitting, but nothing too special. (I do like the heavy rock that accompanies Rainbow Dash's one-on-one scene and the harpsichord that plays during Rarity's introduction.)
Hit up the comments below and let me know how you rank these films in terms of music! If you want to compare just the soundtracks and ignore the musical scores, that's fine too!