From 1956 to 1958, The King and I‘s soundtrack spent a staggering 48 weeks at no. 1 in the UK album charts. This album was extremely popular, and it’s easy to see why. With a mixture of catchy tunes, classical interludes, heartfelt ballads and lighter songs, The King and I has a pleasing variety. It made a great change to listen to an album with such a range of styles.
Underpinning the The King and I is the story of the film, and the songs do a really good job of expressing the characters’ tales. The emotions in A Puzzlement were particularly touching, the song being the King’s cry of frustration at the encroaching western world, which causes him and his subjects to question their way of life; he can only watch as everything he knows begins to slip from under his feet.
The album loses a star however, because at times it is just too twee. In an already sentimental album, Anna’s constant simpering over the children is a bit much for me, even if it’s set to a catchy tune!
Despite the soppiness this is a very enjoyable album; Shall We Dance?