"Mulan II Soundtrack" is the soundtrack for the 2004 American direct-to-video Disney animated sequel film, Mulan II. It was released on January 25, 2005 by Walt Disney Records. The album has a "Stage & Screen" genre, produced by Brian Rawling, Graham Stack, Brett Swain and it featured songs by Jeanine Tesori, Matthew Wilder and Joel McNeely. Lyricists included Alexa Junge, David Zipple and Kate Light. All the scores composed and conducted by Joel McNeely. Vocalists included Lea Salonga, Atomic Kitten (Liz McClarnon, Natasha Hamilton and Kerry Katona), Hayley Westenra, Harvey Fierstein, Jerry Tondo, Gedde Watanabe, Judy Kuhn, Beth Blankenship and Mandy Gonzalez. The soundtrack earned 3 from 5 stars in professional ratings of Allmusic.
|1||Lesson Number One||Jeanine Tesori||2:26||Song||Lea Salonga and Chorus||Alexa Junge|
|2||Main Title||Joel McNeely||1:09||Score|
|3||Like Other Girls||Jeanine Tesori||2:25||Song||Judy Kuhn, Beth Blankenship, and Mandy Gonzalez||Alexa Junge|
|4||A Girl Worth Fighting For (Redux)||Matthew Wilder||1:32||Song||Gedde Watanabe, Jerry Tondo, and Harvey Fierstein||David Zipple|
|5||Here Beside Me||Joel McNeely||2:36||Song||Hayley Westenra||Kate Light|
|6||(I Wanna Be) Like Other Girls||Jeanine Tesori||2:51||Song||Atomic Kitten (Liz McClarnon, Natasha Hamilton and Kerry Katona)||Alexa Junge|
|7||The Journey Begins||Joel McNeely||2:59||Score|
|8||In Love and in Trouble||Joel McNeely||4:38||Score|
|9||The Attack||Joel McNeely||4:06||Score|
|10||Shang Lives!||Joel McNeely||4:29||Score|
|11||Here Beside Me||Joel McNeely||2:35||Instrumental|
Jerry McCulley's review
Disney management has often been accused of sacrificing the long-term quality of its animated features for the short-term pay-off of direct-to-video sequels to its middling modern successes. But as this soundtrack-sequel to the studio's 1998 quasi-feminist Chinese folk-tale proves, the music of such ventures can often compare favorably with that of the original. This new collection's buoyant "(I Wanna Be) Like Other Girls" is offered up in two versions: A more traditional stage musical take and an antic cover by Atomic Kitten that's pure teeny-bopping Disney Channel fodder. That's Harvey Fierstein lending his gravelly pipes to the equally spry redux of "A Girl Worth Fighting For," while the decidedly more angelic pipes of Kiwi teen soprano phenom Hayley Westenra grace the elegant "Here Beside Me" by Joel McNeely and Kate Light. Selections from McNeely's deft, emotionally understated orchestral score flesh out the collection.
Allmusic's review by Richie Unterberger
The soundtrack to the Walt Disney animated feature Mulan II mixes vocal recordings done specifically for the movie, a version of one of those songs by a rock group, and selections from the film's instrumental score. The vocal songs are children's musical-oriented fare mixing sentimental romance and adventure, one of which ("Lesson Number One ") is sung by Broadway performer Lea Salonga , another ("Here Beside Me ") by New Zealand singer Hayley Westenra . In this company, the version of "(I Wanna Be) Like Other Girls" by Atomic Kitten -- given an anthemic guitar-heavy alternative rock treatment, though the other version on the CD is much more in the soppy Disney children's musical style -- sounds downright ferocious, and a little out of place. Filling out the disc are selections from Joel McNeely's epic-oriented score and an instrumental version of "Here Beside Me" (for which McNeely wrote the music).