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Sweet Home Alabama

George Fenton Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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1. Sweet Home Alabama (Unreleased - original for film) - Jewel
2. Mine All Mine - SheDaisy
3. Falling Down (Unreleased - b side) - Avril Lavigne
4. Gonna Make You Love Me - Ryan Adams
5. To Think I Used To Love You (DJ Homicide Remix) - Uncle Kracker
6. Keep Your Hands To Yourself (Unreleased - original for film) - The Calling
7. Bring On The Day (Unreleased - original for film) - Charlotte Martin
8. Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Sheryl Crow
9. You Got Me (Unreleased - original for film) - Jason Chain
10. Now That I Know - Shannon McNally
11. Marry Me - Dolly Parton
12. The Weekend Song - The Freestylers
13. Felony Melanie - Sweet Home Alabama Suite (Unreleased - original for film - score cue) - George Fenton

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Sweet Home Alabama ~ Sweet Home Alabama


Much like Reese Witherspoon's transplanted Southern belle character, the songs on Sweet Home Alabama have their hearts and affections rooted deep in the heart of Dixie. Sheryl Crow is almost unrecognizable yodeling and twanging on her version of Hank Williams's country-porch picker, and Shannon McNally adds grace to a smoky, strings-and-blues guitar-strewn number. Uncle Kracker's acoustic-based cut lopes like a cowpoke and Dolly Parton contributes a vintage square-dance stomper, while newcomer Jason Chain's "You Got Me," a standout, is halfway between roots rock and R.E.M.-ish jangle. Surprisingly, noted alt-country leaner Ryan Adams channels the churning, belching riffs and mannerisms of Led Zeppelin, and Jewel chooses to rock out on Lynyrd Skynyrd's classic with distortion and sultry, weathered vocals. Other deviations from country style don't fare as well--Avril Lavigne's "Falling Down" is generic alt-rock lite, the Freestylers' raucous jazz-funk scatting is misplaced, and the Calling's faithful take on "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" is strained rather than lighthearted. In the end, roughly half of Alabama's tracks qualify as true gems in the rough, although wading through the filler to find them might cause some old-fashioned country-style heartbreak of your own. --Annie Zaleski

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Southern State of Mind" Oct. 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
One cannot help but instantly fall in love with the soundtrack to "Sweet Home Alabama". Where else can you find country, bluegrass, alt-country, rock, and dance? The songs on the cd cover a broad range of musical tastes and include some of the hottest singers of today and a few of the legends from the past.
Jewel kicks off the cd with a suprisingly awesome version of the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd megahit "Sweet Home Alabama". This song has been redone in the past, but I have to say that this version is the best I've heard yet. Where most would trash the quality, Jewel adds her own special touch and the result is rockin!
Country group SHeDaisy have one of the strongest performances of the album with "Mine All Mine". Written by Kristyn Osborn, one third of the sister act, "Mine All Mine" reflects the struggle of the movie's character, who is torn between the man of her future and the man of her past. The harmony's of the Osborn sisters quite takes your breath away. Simply stunning.
The biggest surprise of the album, in my opinion, is Avril Lavigne's "Falling Down". What you expect is the punk rock riffs that have made her popular. What you get is a mature, well written, beautifully delivered song about "falling back down to Earth". It's definantely one of the highlights of the soundtrack.
One of the most enjoyable performances on the album comes from veteran rocker Sheryl Crow, who lends her voice to the legendary Hank Williams' "Long Gone Lonesome Blues". Gone is the rock queen we've all grown accustomed to hearing and in comes the laid-back, guitar-picking country diva from within. It's amazing to listen to Sheryl sing this song and you're almost transported back to the golden days of country and the Grand Ole Opry.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than average soundtrack Sept. 26 2002
Format:Audio CD
For a Reese Witherspoon titled "Sweet Home Alabama," this eclectic collection of new and recent tunes by many of today's most talented coutnry and rock musicians delivers what one would expect. For starters, there are the inevitable covers, the most obvious of them being Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," which Jewel takes on with disappointing results. The peppy arrangement fits the song well, but her whispered delivery is less than appropriate for such a classic song such as this. More suited for a song like this is Sheryl Crow, who appears later on on the CD with a previously released cover of Hank Williams' "Long Gone Lonesome Blues." Her wavery delivery on the country tune suggests that perhaps the producers should have switched Jewel's and Sheryl's covering duties. While the Jewel and Crow cuts are disappointing, there are several gems to be found here, among them SheDaisy's single "Mine All Mine," Avril Lavigne's new "Falling Down," and Shannon McNally's "Now That I Know." I can't completely recommend it, but perhaps if you see the movie and the music works, this CD won't be a total waste of your 17 bucks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives you that warm, tingly feeling! March 13 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Though not your traditional source of music, I like soundtracks because they have the added value of offering the diversity often not found from a single artist. Sweet Home Alabama is definitely one of the better soundtracks out there and if you haven´¿t seen the movie, you need to! Reese Whiterspoon is absolutely darling and her ´¿small town´¿ husband is a ´¿big time´¿ hunk! The soundtrack has tunes that are refreshing and invigorating. There are also a couple tracks that are fastly becoming wedding favorites. Overall, the CD offers a mix of good old fashioned song writing, some kick off your shoes and relax beats and rhythms that leave you warm and tingly inside. I´¿m a sucker for romance flicks and after watching this oh so inspiring film, I had to get the soundtrack to cherish the memories. If not for you, for your friend who´¿s still waiting for her prince charming´¿.lol.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not really the music that rang in my head.... Oct. 1 2002
Format:Audio CD
Sweet Home Alabama is one of those rare movies that has a feeling that stays with you after you've left the theatre. I think the music in the film has a good bit to do with it. The last movie I bought a soundtrack for was Practical Magic. The CD captured the magic of the movie. It was the music from the movie.
I ran out and bought the CD without really playing attention to the tracks, I knew I wanted the music from the movie. I was very disappointed when I got home and realized I only actually remembered two of these songs from the movie. Most disappointing was the fact that the two versions of 'Sweet Home Alabama' from the movie did not make the CD. No problem to find the Lynard Skynard version...but the soulful, slowed down version by the band at the Honky Tonk? Not there. The version that made the CD doesn't compare.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Cd... Oct. 5 2002
By Alan
Format:Audio CD
The main reason I bought this Cd is because I am a huge Jewel fan and I wanted to hear her version of "Sweet Home Alabama". I give that song itself probably a 3 out of 5 too. She has much better work out there. I agree with the reviewer that said Sheryl Crow and Jewel should have switched covers. Anyway, the rest of the Cd is filled with some good and mostly mediocre songs. Other good ones to check out are Avril Lavigne's "Falling Down", The Callings cover, Shannon Mcally's song, and Dolly's song is decent. Overall, it's a pretty good Cd but they could have dropped a few in favor of higher quality tunes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good and Disappointing!!!
I went out of my way to get this Cd especailly for the song 'Sweet Home Alabama' and the cd has pretty much been ruined because jewel is the one singing it. Read more
Published on May 12 2006 by Tricia
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good!
I loved the movie, but HATE country music. When someone bought me this Cd as a gift I expected it to be a bunch of hick music, but it was a great CD! Read more
Published on Dec 26 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie was great,but the soundtrack is even better!
i think this is the only movie soundtrack i have listened to,
that has all the songs from the movie that it should have. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by Denny
1.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
Alright, I liked the movie, I loved the southern charm and eveything but what made the movie really good is the good old REDNECK songs on it. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with this CD purchase!
I enjoy every song on this CD. It has lots of music variety, which makes it excellent listening when on the road this summer! Also brings back memories of the movie. Fun!
Published on July 25 2003 by CMY
5.0 out of 5 stars A great soundtrack!
Unlike a lot of reviewers, I love the Jewel cover of the title song--it's mellow and cool. This is a fun soundtrack with a great variety of songs. Read more
Published on April 10 2003 by F. Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and relaxing
This soundtrack is wonderful! It has a lot of variety. My favorite songs are To Think I Used To Love You (DJ Homicide remix) by Uncle Kracker, Mine All Mine by Shedaisy, and... Read more
Published on March 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars definitly a 2 thumbs up!
this soundtrack is awesome! The jewel song "sweet home alabama" is very fun, and the avril lavigne song "Falling Down" is very uplifting, much better than the original songs on her... Read more
Published on March 1 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars so-so
One would think that a movie about the South would at least have southern bands singing the songs. No one, not even Jewel, can top the orignial Sweet Home by Lynyrd Skynyrd, so... Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars What is with the rest of you....?
I had to type something to these "so-called" Jewel fans. Her cover rocks and if you like southern rock you will love this soundtrack. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2003
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