The Country Bears Soundtrack
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Don Henley and Bonnie Raitt do a great duet on the Hiatt-penned "Can Love Stand The Test", and of course Hiatt does his standard great job on the four he sings, but I was underwhelmed by the two female vocalists doing Hiatt songs, Krystal Marie Harris ("The Kid In You"), and Jennifer Paige ( "kick It Into Gear"). Their versions are the reason the soundtrack lost a star, would love to hear John do these songs himself at some point.
Brian Setzer does a twist on The Devil Went Down To Georgia, providing a song of a guitar vs. fiddle battle, performed as a duet with actor Stephen Root .
I know most who read this will be non-Hiatt fans, as the fanatics like me have already grabbed the disc. I personally have to recommend picking up the Hiatt classics Bring The Family and Slow Turning to really be introduced to his best, but for sure pick up this soundtrack down the line as well. I have no complaints with it. Now, I can't wait to see the film and hear and see John Hiatt singing through a giant bear!! :)
I am so thankful that John's songs are (at least partly) recorded with the Goners (Sonny Landreth, Ken Blevins, David Ranson), and produced by Glyn Johns. When I first heard of this project, all I could imagine was Hiatt is his gravelly-voice, rough-and- ready splendour, trying to match up with a canned-sounding orchestra in typical Disney over-produced fashion. Instead, I feel the written and performed Hiatt songs on this album stand up to his own releases. The music seems organic, the words are (of course) more clever than anything I've heard Disney do, and John is in great voice.
However... John's two songs performed by Jennifer Page and Krystal Marrie Harris, have been synthesized and sanitized beyond recognition as a Hiatt pen. It made my skin crawl a little to listen to them, like I was peering into some parallel universe where John Hiatt is the musical director for "American Idols," and half-talented Brittney wannabes mouth his songs in miniskirts and halter tops. (I did think that E.G. Daily did a good job with "Where Nobody Knows my Name".)
This is a definite must have for Hiatt-fans based on the tracks he performed, but I also feel it is a good listen for people who just like Disney or are curious about what a singing bear would sound like. (The Elton John song "Friends" on here is an overlooked beauty, so that's worth the price of the CD, also).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great cd and new like promised! The case just got cracked in the mail :/Published 7 months ago by Brittany
Fun to listen to, but I wish my CD hadn't been damaged. The first two songs wouldn't play correctly, and I ended up having to find them online to listen to. Read morePublished 17 months ago by T. Rouse
I did not buy this for myself so I really can't say anything about it other than the fact that the person I bought it for likes it.Published on June 5, 2013 by Linda M. Williams
just a fun cd to listen to. kids love it. if you've seen the movie you'll love the CD. recommend it to anyone except those who dislike country music.Published on January 19, 2013 by Vicki M Stephens
not as good as i expected but some great songs. ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok okPublished on December 29, 2012 by london
If you loved the movie, you'll love this CD. Almost all the songs are top notch,Most of them are country but a few rock.Published on September 28, 2011 by R. Gardner