Musical Master wrote:
Interesting thoughts on them taei although Tim Rice didn't write the lyrics to "Prince Ali", that honor goes to Howard Ashman.
That's the main reason I rank Tim Rice a little bit lower than Lopez for now. I put him as high as I did because of "One Jump Ahead," "Circle of Life" and "CYFtL." I don't think the lyrics to "AWNW" are especially noteworthy? The melody and vocals are doing the heavy lifting, imo.
Stephen Schwartz has the best Disney catalogue (and non-Disney, too, tbh) of these, but I get what you mean about his sound standing apart from Ashman or Lopez. Everything with him goes for, I don't know, a regal, majestic quality that sometimes eclipses the characters' personalities somewhat. Not a bad thing for me, but I guess I can see how he might be harder to get into for some people?
Lopez isn't perfect, but I really enjoyed what was done on Frozen
. Even "Fixer-Upper" and "Frozen Heart," the weakest of that film, don't bother me too much lyrically. "Fixer-Upper" is a combination of things that are annoying, not the lyrics specifically. "Love Is An Open Door" is brilliant. Even a few lyrics in "For the First Time in Forever," while a little ehh, work coming from a character like Anna. "Let It Go" could be called repetitive, but it works for Elsa trying to "un-learn" her old behavior and its definitely the highest point of the movie (even without the visuals). Although, I've never quite liked the first couple lines.
David Zippel is hard to judge for me. I love "ZtH" and "IWS(IiL)," but the lyrics don't really stand out to me as necessarily phenomenal like some of Schwartz, Lopez? Another case where the vocals/melodies are doing most of the work--especially on "Go the Distance," perhaps the weakest "I Want" song in a Disney movie even if I love the melody? Thinking again, I probably put him above Glenn Slater. I forgot the only film
Slater worked on was Tangled
--I'm thinking of "brush-a, brush-a, brush my hair" and "go on, get trampled by a rhino".... And I've always slightly disliked the way "MKB (reprise)" has "Give him this
! Ha! This
is why he's here!" It'd be nice if he found a way to use less vague words so it could work outside of the film.