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"Southern State of Mind"
on October 12, 2002
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. It has all of the makings of a big radio hit if the powers that be are smart enough to release it.
A few of my favorite tracks include: Ryan Adams' and Uncle Kracker's southern-rock flavored "Gonna Make You Love Me" and "To Think I Used To Love You (DJ Homicide Remix), the sweet-voiced country/bluegrass legend Dolly Parton's "Marry Me", Jason Chain's "You Got Me", and Shannon Mcnally's "Now That I Know".
The only song that I really had a problem with was The Calling's remake of "Keep Your Hands to Yourself". Yes, their version still rocks and keeps to the original lines of The Georgia Satellites , but it almost sounds like they're trying too hard. Now don't get me wrong, it's not a bad song. I just wish that The Calling would've added their own little touch to it instead of trying to immitate the original.
If you're looking for an eclectic mix of great music, then the "Sweet Home Alabama" soundtrack is just for you. This is one soundtrack that should be played with the speakers cranked up! One of the best soundtracks I've ever heard.