It has been quite a few years since Sheryl Crow has had a hit, but “Try Not To Remember” is a track that will easily put eir back into the pop ranks. The track is not as dramatic of a return to pop superstardom as what the Goo Goo Dolls released earlier this year, but compared to the rest of the tracks Sheryl Crow has created, this is near the top. The rest of the soundtrack is done by Stephen Endelman, and mixes the larger corpus of movie soundtracks with military regalia. The result is something that is very fitting for the movie, mixing “Batman” with “Glory”. Obviously, with this being a soundtrack first and a vehicle for pushing Sheryl Crow tracks second, it is not a surprise that the vast majority of tracks are instrumental.
This is necessary for any individual that wants to be moved emotionally without the aid of vocals or visual aids. Soundtracks for movies always have trouble with trying to convey the same message that the movie did, as well as adding a little bit of extra finesse to the finished product. The one thing that is specific to the “Home of the Brave” soundtrack is that a great deal of the tracks have a slow tempo. Where most times this would lead into the disc getting into a rut, the skill of Endelman in creating a compelling album is never at fault. Individuals will be able to focus in on their work, get things done around their house, and be energized by the compositions on “Home of the Brave”.
At some point, individuals have to understand that these soundtrack albums are supposed to be tied into the movie’s experience. While the songs on “Home of the Brave” do stand alone, they really should be tied to a viewing of the movie. Endelman’s work is leaps and bounds above what ey did for movies like Jawbreaker. What might be interesting to hear would be Endelman’s output if ey did not have an album to work off of, if the composition was intended to be something that individuals listened to on their own without a companion movie. For a soundtrack, the disc is solid. For a stand alone album, individuals will generally be pleased. However, they may be wanting more as the disc has blinders on, showing a specific focus.
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OST: Home of the Brave / 2006 Lakeshore / 19 Tracks / http://www.mgm.com/homeofthebrave / http://www.mgm.com / Reviewed 28 December 2006