Randy Newman Blends Nostalgic and New Themes — Our 'Toy Story 4' Soundtrack Review

Toy Story 4 Soundtrack Review
If you've seen Toy Story 4, you know there were moments that made you laugh, made you cry, and maybe even made you jump in your seat (thanks, Benson). When scoring a sequel, composers have to blend nostalgic elements that bring back fond memories along with new cinematic themes — Randy Newman has done this in a very thoughtful way throughout the Toy Story 4 soundtrack that enhanced our reactions while seeing the film.

Standing in at 26-tracks and 1-hour and 13-minutes, the soundtrack is sure to please fans — but, if you haven't seen the film yet, I'd avoid reading any further as the track titles and our review could give away some plot points.

OUR FAVORITES

If you're looking for more of the nostalgic feel, our favorite tracks are easily Operation Pull Toy, Buzz's Flight & a Maiden, and Parting Gifts & New Horizons. All of these tracks evoke elements from prior films while blending in moments of high emotion as well.

If you'd like to get a sense for the newer character's themes, be sure to listen to School Daze, Trash Can ChroniclesRecruiting Duke CaboomCowboy Sacrifice, and Gabby Gabby's Most Noble Thing. We could even imagine elements from the opening of Gabby Gabby's Most Noble Thing fitting into the Toy Story Mania ride queue line at Disney Parks to give it a fresh take.

We also have to call out Plush Rush! as the final track because we're so thrilled that Ducky and Bunny's long-play joke was included with all it's wonderful jazz moments. We also couldn't believe that the soundtrack ends with a scream!

OUR THOUGHTS

The score supplemented the visuals on the screen beautifully and although the new lyrical songs don't feel like they'll be instant-classics like You've Got a Friend in Me, Strange Things, or When She Loved Me, the score certainly earns its place amongst the other wonderful Toy Story soundtracks. Check out our detailed track breakdown below and watch a brief behind-the-scenes scoring session with Randy Newman below as well.

TRACKLIST (WITH DETAILS)

  1. You've Got a Friend in Me (2:04) — You can't go wrong starting the soundtrack with the classic recording from the original film.
  2. I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away (2:06) — What surprised us most about this new original song was our belief that it would be quite sullen based on the title. Between Randy's signature vocals, drumkit, and the choir backing him, it turned out to be a much more upbeat, almost New Orlean's style of song that blended Forky and Woody's hilarious montage in a perfect way.
  3. The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy (1:45) — Chris Stapleton does a wonderful job blending his traditional-style country and blues vocals with Randy's lyrics showcasing Woody's lonesome past.
  4. Operation Pull Toy (5:19) — The western feel of the opening sequence makes you feel right at home in the Toy Story world, but as the mission gets underway, the military-inspired rescue of R.C. really ramps up the energy before leading to the hugely emotional moment between Bo Peep and Woody.
  5. Woody's Closet of Neglect (3:56) — Splashes of Woody's theme are overshadowed by moments of despair throughout this track. You can almost hear Woody's desire to be played with peeking out in the soundtrack amongst his frustration with his new position in Bonnie's room — it's definitely a track of intense dichotomies.
  6. School Daze (4:22) — This is easily one of our favorite tracks off the album and we love the soft piano and woodwinds. This has a distinctively different feel from the other films — which it should since it's centered around Bonnie and Woody's story rather than Andy and Woody.
  7. Trash Can Chronicles (3:28) — There are moments of this that feel like early Disney films with swirling magical moments (like Cinderella getting her dress from her fairy Godmother) which turn into lighthearted moments of humor as well.
  8. The Road to Antiques (2:42) — This track builds with suspense and blends with sweet undertones as Woody spots Bo Peep's lamp in the store window. 
  9. A Spork in the Road (1:56) — The song starts innocently with touches of classic Toy Story which blend into a great standup bass piece before swinging back into a thoughtful piece with a lot of heart. We have to say we didn't like how abruptly the track ended though — of course, this is mostly driven off how the scene was edited.
  10. Rubber Baby Buggy Butlers (1:53) — Great moments of creepiness with a jump scare moment as Gabby Gabby is introduced and Woody and Forky get swept away while a snare drum accompanies their march.
  11. Buzz's Flight & a Maiden (4:07) — If you love Buzz, this is the track for you as it dives back into the Zurg's Planet sequence from Toy Story 2. This one really, really builds and the strings develop into an amazing solo against the militant feel surrounding it. This is also one of our favorites.
  12. Ducky, Bunny & Tea (2:17) — Lots of fun moments are sprinkled throughout this track that has an almost light, spring morning breath of fresh air feel.
  13. Moving at the Speed of Skunk (1:35) — Continuing the lightness of the last track, Moving a the Speed of Skunk starts with a lovely harp and what we believe is a glockenspiel. The song starts to increase in intensity as a slide note on a standup bass kicks off the change. This is a fun track and really highlights the newer Toy Story 4 sweet-to-chaotic feel in 95-seconds.
  14. Bo Peep's Panorama for Two (2:36) — As Woody and Bo Peep overlook the carnival and town of Grand Basin, the sweeping views paired with Woody's returning feelings for Bo Peep make this a standout track of strings, chimes, and harp. This has classic Randy Newman written all over it as the song swells with timpani drums and a really prominent high-hat cymbal bridging moments of drama. The song ends with a really interesting Godfather feel with Italian roots.
  15. Three Sheeps to the Wind (2:55) — Building on the suspense of the film, this is one of those tracks that serve the visual element of the film really well, but listening after the fact doesn't allow it to stand out as much as some of the others.
  16. Sneaking and Antiquing (1:42) — Really has a classic cartoonish spy film feel tied in with horror film elements and it builds throughout so you get a sense for what's to come. 
  17. Recruiting Duke Caboom (1:17) — We were really excited to dive into this track. This track is the moment when Duke recounts letting his child, Rijon, down because he cannot perform the stunts as advertised in his commercial. We still want to know why Randy chose an accordion for this moment — we love it.
  18. Prepping the Jump (2:20) — As the title says, this song is all about building towards Duke and Woody's big jump and the track feels like an extension of Sneaking and Antiquing.
  19. Let's Caboom! (4:08) — If you enjoy tons of action and adventure, this is the track for you. This song aligns with the very legitimate chase sequence in the antique shop.
  20. Cowboy Sacrifice (2:07) — My gosh, what can you say about such an emotional moment — whenever Benson and the boys are around you know the song is going to start with some frightening moments. Luckily, because it's also about Woody's sacrifice, it has really emotional moments of reflection and joy as well.
  21. Operation Harmony (4:24) — This track may be everything in one, from lighthearted classic cartoon feel to beautiful moments that build into high emotion — you must listen to this track.
  22. Duke's Best Crash Ever (2:43) — Duke certainly gets the celebratory song he deserves with huge cymbal crashes, jubilant tones as he (kind-of) sticks his landing.
  23. Gabby Gabby's Most Noble Thing (3:03) — Goodness, this song is beautifully layered with piano, clarinet, flute, and string swells as Gabby Gabby searches for and finds what she's been after for countless years.
  24. Parting Gifts & New Horizons (5:05) — This song punctuates the visual and emotional ending of the film perfectly and is packed with deep emotion throughout. I could only imagine how many tears we would have shed if we were present during the scoring of this song — specifically at 3:00 into the song through the end. This track is one of Randy's finest across his catalog.
  25. The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy (Soundtrack Version) (1:49) — A bonus version of the song sung by Randy. As much as the Chris Stapleton version is great, it's also fun to hear Randy's signature vocals on the track as well.
  26. Plush Rush! (1:10) — This moment from the film was one of our favorites and we're ecstatic that they included the long-play joke. We love the jazz moments of relaxation leading up to the loud scream.

HOW TO LISTEN

Check out the soundtrack on Apple Music, Amazon, or Spotify by using our pre-populated links.


LYRICS

I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away

(Opening)
I can't let you, I can't let you
I can't let you throw yourself away
I can't let you (I can't let you)
I can't let you (I can't let you)
I can't let you throw yourself away

Don't you wanna see the sun come up each morning?
Don't you wanna see the sun go down each day?
Don't you wanna see that girl who loves you so?
Her heart would break, if you should go

(Opening)

Son, it seems to me like you're never gonna behave yourself
Since I'm not gonna do this every day
Come tomorrow, you're gonna have to save yourself
Got nothin' more to say, you're not listening anyway

(Opening)

Lonesome Cowboy

I was a lonesome cowboy
Lonesome as I could be
You came along, changed my life
And fixed what was broken in me

I was a lonesome cowboy
I didn't have a friend
Now I got friends comin' out of my ears
I'll never be lonesome again

You can't be happy when you're all by yourself
Go on, tell me I'm wrong (You're wrong)
When someone takes you down from the shelf
And plays with you some, it's wonderful (Wonderful)

I was a lonesome cowboy
But not anymore
I just found out what love is about
I've never felt this way before

I was a lonesome cowboy
But not anymore

Related Posts:
The Legacy Collection: Toy Story Soundtrack - Exclusive First Look & Track Listing
Watch Benson and Gabby Gabby's Uneasy Introduction in New 'Toy Story 4' Clip
Comedic Legends Betty White, Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner Voice Characters in 'Toy Story 4'

Pixar Post - T.J. & Julie

COMMENTS

Name

4K Ultra HD,6,A Bug's Life,6,A113,2,Aaron Hartline,4,Adam Burke,1,Adrian Molina,27,Alan Barillaro,12,Albert Lozano,1,Alex Mandel,1,Alex Marino,1,Alonso Martinez,1,Andrea Warren,5,Andrew Gordon,3,Andrew Jimenez,1,Andrew Stanton,55,Angelique Reisch,3,Angus MacLane,32,Animation Podcast,5,App Review,7,Apple Watch,1,Armie Hammer,2,Art,37,Art of Animation Resort,5,Artists Help Japan,6,Austin Madison,4,Awards,87,Bao,11,Barney Jones,1,Beth Sullivan,1,Bill Hader,1,Bill Watral,1,BIlly Crystal,2,Bing Bong,2,Blu-Ray,56,Bo Peep,20,Bob Peterson,18,Bob Whitehill,2,Bobby Podesta,4,Bobby Rubio,3,Book,7,Book Review,54,Boundin,1,Box Office,3,Brad Bird,54,Brave,144,Breaking,5,BREAKING News,54,Brian Fee,25,Brian Larsen,4,Bryn Imagire,2,Bud Luckey,1,Buzz Lightyear,26,Car Toons,2,Cars,75,Cars 2,19,Cars 3,94,Cars Land,37,Cars Toons,12,Chris Chua,1,Chris Sasaki,1,Christina Faraj,1,Christine Freeman,1,Clip,4,Coco,104,Contest,11,Craig Foster,2,Cristela Alonzo,2,Cruz Ramirez,13,Custom Pixar Gear,6,D23,36,D23 Expo,9,Dan Scanlon,82,Dana Murray,4,Daniel Arriaga,4,Danielle Feinberg,6,Darla Anderson,27,Dave Mullins,14,David Lally,7,David Munier,2,Dean Kelly,4,Deleted Scene,5,Denise Ream,5,Detroit Auto Show,1,Dia de los Muertos,7,Dice Tsutsumi,8,Die Cast Cars,23,Digital,2,Director's Commentary,9,Dirk Van Gelder,1,Disney California Adventure,43,Disney Cruise,3,Disney Infinity,43,Disney Infinity 2.0,6,Disney Infinity 3.0,15,Disney Infinity Next,1,Disney Interactive,1,Disney Movie Club,1,Disney Movies Anywhere,4,Disney World,65,Disney+,6,Disneyland,31,Disneyland Paris,8,DisneyPlus,1,Domee Shi,10,Dominique Louis,1,Ducky and Bunny,3,Duke Caboom,5,Easter Eggs,38,Ed Catmull,28,Edna Mode,1,Edwin Chang,3,Emron Grover,1,Enrico Casarosa,19,Erica Milsom,4,Erik Smitt,1,Everett Downing,1,Exclusive,15,Fan Art,34,Farhez Rayani,2,Finding Dory,100,Finding Nemo,23,Float,2,Forky,12,Forky Asks A Question,2,Forum,3,Fran Kalal,1,Fun Facts,8,Gabby Gabby,1,Galyn Susman,7,Garrett Taylor,1,Giggle McDimples,1,Giveaway,5,Google Hangout,5,Hawaiian Vacation,2,Hidden Items,2,Imagineering,3,Incredibles 2,104,Inside Out,151,Interview,37,Jack-Jack,1,Jackson Storm,10,James Ford Murphy,13,Jamie Roe,1,Jason Deamer,1,Jason Johnston,3,Jay Shuster,3,Jay Ward,10,Jeff Danna,4,Jerome Ranft,1,Jessie,3,Jesus Martinez,1,Jim Capobianco,4,Jim Morris,5,Joe Ranft,2,John Goodman,1,John Lasseter,69,John Ratzenberger,2,John Walker,3,Jon Reisch,3,Jonas Rivera,29,Jonathan Pytko,2,Josh Cooley,45,Jude Brownbill,2,Juliet Roth,1,Katy Wu,1,Kelly Bonbright,1,Kelsey Mann,12,Kerry Washington,2,Kevin O'Hara,1,Kevin Reher,3,Kitbull,4,Knick Knack,2,Kori Rae,15,Krissy Cababa,1,Kristen Lester,6,La Luna,18,Lamp Life,3,Laura Meyer,2,Lava,21,Lee Unkrich,76,Lighting McQueen,39,Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy,2,Lindsey Collins,6,Ling Tu,1,Loop,3,Lou,17,Lou Hamou-Lhadi,1,Luxo Jr.,3,Mahyar Abousaeedi,1,Marc Greenberg,1,Marc Sondheimer,3,Mark Andrews,37,Mark Nielsen,3,Mark Orton,1,Mark Walsh,35,Matt Jones,3,Matthew Luhn,2,Merida,15,Michael B. Johnson,2,Michael Blackmon,1,Michael Comet,2,Michael Fong,3,Michael Frederickson,1,Michael Giacchino,27,Michal Makarewicz,6,Mike Venturini,1,Mike Wazowski,2,Mike Wu,1,Miss Fritter,1,Monsters At Work,5,Monsters Inc,48,Monsters University,177,Motorama,2,Movie Review,17,Municiberg,1,Mychael Danna,6,Natalie Certain,3,Nathan Farris,2,Nathan Fillion,2,Newt,1,Nick Pitera,1,Nicole Paradis Grindle,3,Onward,16,Owen Wilson,2,Party Central,12,Partysaurus Rex,50,Patrick Lin,2,Paul Abadilla,7,Pete Docter,108,Peter Sohn,32,Philip Metschan,2,Piper,16,Pixar Animation Studios,166,Pixar Archives,2,Pixar Artist Showcase,2,Pixar Canada,14,Pixar Concept Art,32,Pixar Fest,4,Pixar In A Box,2,Pixar in Concert,1,Pixar In Real Life,2,Pixar Internships,1,Pixar Minute,4,Pixar Pier,9,Pixar Pipeline Project,8,Pixar Place,1,Pixar Post Book Club,12,Pixar Post Record,1,Pixar Putt,1,Pixar Shorts,136,Pixar Studio Story,2,Pixar Toys,63,Pizza Planet Truck,1,Podcast,70,Poster,9,Presto,4,Products,260,Products - A Bug's Life,7,Products - Brave,29,Products - Cars,36,Products - Cars 2,9,Products - Cars 3,19,Products - Coco,11,Products - Finding Dory,10,Products - Finding Nemo,6,Products - Incredibles 2,18,Products - Inside Out,15,Products - Monsters Inc,16,Products - Monsters University,24,Products - Onward,1,Products - Ratatouille,9,Products - Shorts & TV Specials,57,Products - The Good Dinosaur,7,Products - The Incredibles,11,Products - Toy Story,38,Products - Toy Story 2,9,Products - Toy Story 3,5,Products - Toy Story 4,17,Products - Up,7,Products - WALL-E,8,Purl,6,Radiator Springs,7,Ralph Eggleston,9,Randy Newman,6,Ratatouille,22,RenderMan,4,Review,32,Ricky Nierva,4,Riley's First Date,6,Rob Thompson,1,Robert Kondo,5,Ronnie Del Carmen,6,Rosana Sullivan,4,Rosie Cole,1,Sandra Karpman,1,Sanjay Patel,13,Sanjay's Super Team,18,Saschka Unseld,30,Scott Morse,1,Shanghai Disney,2,Sharon Calahan,5,Shawn Krause,1,Shufflerz,1,SIGGRAPH,3,Small Fry,3,Smash and Grab,3,Soul,4,Soundtrack,48,SparkShorts,12,Stephany Folsom,1,Stephen Karski,1,Sterling,2,Steve Jobs,6,Steve Pilcher,1,Steve Purcell,18,Store - Amazon,67,Store - App Store,12,Store - Barnes and Noble,3,Store - Best Buy,3,Store - Disney Store,40,Store - eBay,8,Store - Hallmark,1,Store - iTunes,45,Store - Target,13,Store - Toys R Us,4,Sulley,2,Tales From Radiator Springs,5,Teaser,2,Ted Mathot,1,Teddy Newton,2,Television Specials,1,The Blue Umbrella,40,The Good Dinosaur,93,The Incredibles,39,The Incredibles 2,35,Thomas Jordan,1,Thomas Newman,3,Tia Kratter,1,Tim Allen,2,Tin Toy,1,Tinny,1,To Protect and Serve,4,Toby Chu,1,Tokyo Disney,1,Tony DeRose,1,Tony Fucile,3,Tony Hale,1,Toy Hunt,1,Toy Review,30,Toy Story,148,Toy Story 2,2,Toy Story 3,5,Toy Story 4,98,Toy Story Land,14,Toy Story of Terror,37,Toy Story That Time Forgot,25,Trailer,137,Type - Books,26,Type - Clothing,7,Type - Collectibles,26,Type - Holiday,2,Type - Pins,1,Type - Plush,12,Type - Toys,36,UP,16,VanArts,5,Victor Navone,1,Video Games,51,Vinylmation,9,Wall-e,21,Wind,2,Woody,19,YouTube Live,4,
ltr
item
Pixar Post: Randy Newman Blends Nostalgic and New Themes — Our 'Toy Story 4' Soundtrack Review
Randy Newman Blends Nostalgic and New Themes — Our 'Toy Story 4' Soundtrack Review
Randy Newman has crafted another emotional soundtrack for Toy Story 4 which blends familiar nostalgic elements with new themes. Read our track-by-track review, read the lyrics, and read about our favorite songs.
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0ft2hmhcn6A/XQyL3vbP2mI/AAAAAAAAAiA/8PPIeB6vT-scvclqitHv023qzJd54fcOQCLcBGAs/s640/Toy%2BStory%2B4%2BSoundtrack%2BReview.jpg
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0ft2hmhcn6A/XQyL3vbP2mI/AAAAAAAAAiA/8PPIeB6vT-scvclqitHv023qzJd54fcOQCLcBGAs/s72-c/Toy%2BStory%2B4%2BSoundtrack%2BReview.jpg
Pixar Post
https://www.pixarpost.com/2019/06/toy-story-4-soundtrack-review.html
https://www.pixarpost.com/
https://www.pixarpost.com/
https://www.pixarpost.com/2019/06/toy-story-4-soundtrack-review.html
true
3427415425395920086
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy