In 1998, a film emerged about the prospect of a giant meteor crashing into the earth. It is only fitting, then that the soundtrack to this blasting movie is packed with full-force rock and roll.
"Armageddon: The Album" features the songs that rocked along with this high-impact film. Like any great soundtrack album, homage is paid to past masters such as Aerosmith ('Sweet Emotion'), Jon Bon Jovi ('Mister Big Time'), and Journey ('Remember Me'). Hard rock takes a brief break with Bob Seger's 'Roll Me Away' and Aerosmith hit 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' but this isn't a pop record - there's only rock and roll here.
Why only four stars? Some of the songs chosen could have been a bit better. Steven Tyler understandably lent his vocals for his daughter's film, but was it really necessary to include four Aerosmith tracks? While I love 'Come Together', the Beatles' original version could have been used. The last track, 'Animal Crackers', is a Ben Affleck-Liv Tyler dialogue set against the movie's theme song, and it seems entirely out of place, as does Shawn Colvin's 'When the Rainbow Comes', a disorganized attempt at indie-rock.
However, these few misses don't completely detract from a truly wonderful rock and roll album. As far as soundtracks go, this one is nearly (but not quite) as legendary as "Top Gun". And as a classic album, this one is full force rock.