‘The Encanto’ Soundtrack: Breaking Down the Hit Songs
Have you had “We’re not talking about Bruno” in your head 10 times in the last month? If so, you are not alone. Since its premiere on Disney+, the animated hit Encanto conquered the internet, thanks to its beautiful themes of family love and the catchiest soundtrack ever, composed by hamilton starring Lin-Manuel Miranda. The soundtrack was also cemented in music history after topping the Billboard charts for three consecutive weeks, with “Bruno” reaching No. 1 on Billboard, the first Disney song to do so since “A Whole New World” by Aladdin.
For the animated film, which is set in rural Colombia, Miranda composed several original songs, all inspired by traditional and contemporary Colombian music. These songs go to the heart of the film and character reveals while introducing new musical forms and influences to Disney fans. Here is our breakdown of Encantothe soundtrack of.
“The Family Madrigal”
The first song of Encanto is the introduction to the Magical Madrigals, sung by our heroine Mirabel, who spends so much time on her family’s powers because she has none of her own. Miranda told the Los Angeles Times that his inspiration was “Belle” from The beauty and the Beast, which is also a famous intro song. It’s also one of the fastest Disney songs of all time, with Stephanie Beatriz spouting so many words it looks like she’s auditioning for hamilton.
“Colombia, Mi Encanto”
One of two songs not sung by the cast, “Colombia, Mi Encanto” is a traditional Colombian vallenato sung by iconic singer-songwriter Carlos Vives. It is also a joyous love letter to the country. Miranda told NPR he was honored to have Vives sing his song. “I do my best impression of Carlos Vives as a songwriter. So having the great Carlos Vives, who is a hero of mine, having him record the song with his band and his musicians brought a whole new level of ‘authenticity,’ he said.
“Waiting for a Miracle”
Mirabel’s song “I Want” reveals how she feels like an outsider within her family without having her own power. In a Disney featurette, Miranda says he wrote the song to a different beat than all the others, showing that Mirabel is “literally out of step with the rest of his family”. Beatriz also says that at the end of the song, Mirabel realizes that she is ready to “pursue her destiny”.
Luisa’s song “Surface Pressure,” performed by Jessica Darrow, is a bop about the pressures the strongest in families have to go through to keep it all together. In a Disney featurette, Miranda says the family members go through “emotional breakthroughs” in their songs, and that seems especially true for this one, where Luisa can finally reveal that she can’t be loud all the time. .
“We are not talking about Bruno”
The soundtrack’s surprise hit became Disney’s most popular song in years, thanks in part to its incredibly catchy chorus, “We’re not talking about Bruno-no, no, no.” Once that gets stuck in your head, there are multiple threads to follow, as several family members get their own section to reveal their relationship with Bruno and his prophecies. For music nerds, one of the song’s impressive qualities is that each verse is sung over the same chord progression, but with different rhythms and cadences, with Miranda saying the varied styles were meant to represent “the ‘incredible amount of variety’ inside. Colombian music.
“What else can I do?”
The Perfect Isabella song, sung by Diane Guerrero, is about how she misses being perfect, discovering that her power can be used for so much more than blooming symmetrical flowers. Miranda said in the Disney featurette that the song is inspired by the rock en español movement of the 90s, evoking musicians like Shakira.
This lovely tearful, written by Miranda and sung by Sebastián Yatra, perfectly depicts the love story of Abuela Alma and Abuelo Pedro, and the journey that led Abuela to the Madrigal miracle. The lyrics, recorded in Spanish and English, tell the story of two oruguitas, or caterpillars, who must go their own way, despite their love for each other, and later turn into mariposas, butterflies. “Dos Oruguitas” is also the film’s submission for this year’s Oscars, in case you’re wondering why “We’re Not Talking About Bruno” isn’t making the nominations list.