Walk to Remember

Walk to Remember

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In 2002, Mandy Moore took her star power to the big screen for her acting debut in A Walk to Remember, a benign puppy-love tale in the vein of John Hughes's teen classic Pretty in Pink. But don't fret, fans, Mandy hasn't turned her back on the music. Three new tracks are featured on the Walk soundtrack. "Cry" isSee more details below


In 2002, Mandy Moore took her star power to the big screen for her acting debut in A Walk to Remember, a benign puppy-love tale in the vein of John Hughes's teen classic Pretty in Pink. But don't fret, fans, Mandy hasn't turned her back on the music. Three new tracks are featured on the Walk soundtrack. "Cry" is Moore's best single since her Center Stage soundtrack contribution "I Wanna Be with You" -- she uses the same breathy vocals and simple harmonies over spare guitar and shuffling electronic percussion. The rest of the album is populated by faces familiar from the world of contemporary Christian music. For instance, Switchfoot, a popular alternative-lite CCM band, provide four tracks on the album, including the sweet, soaring "Learning to Breathe." Lead singer Jonathan Foreman also duets with Moore on "Someday We'll Know," reminiscent of Britney Spears' coming-of-age anthem "Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman." The cameo by CCM star Rachael Lampa -- whose voice is a ringer for Christina Aguilera's -- on the impressive "If You Believe" even threatens to outshine Moore's contributions. A couple of '70s-inspired numbers, Toploader's faithful cover of the King Harvest classic "Dancin' in the Moonlight" and the New Radicals' "Mother, We Just Can't Get Enough," round out the disc. Meanwhile, the melancholic rock track "No One" from Cold and the neo-punk West, Gould & Fitzgerald track "So What Does It All Mean?" sound a little out of place, but they make this soundtrack more appealing to Moore's core MTV audience, as well as to wistful teens who daydream of living in Walk's innocent world.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having the disadvantage of being the third girl in the door of the late-'90s teen pop diva competition, Mandy Moore has had to take a slightly different approach to her career from the paths pursued by her predecessors, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. With radio programmers complaining of a glut of singing bellybuttons, she has moved on several fronts simultaneously, not only turning out the usual dance-pop pap, but also branching out to a VJ stint on MTV and quickly moving into the movies. In 2001, she made her film debut in a supporting role in The Princess Diaries and followed with Bubble Boy. But A Walk to Remember, in which she plays a minister's daughter who falls for a bad boy, is her first starring vehicle. Naturally, its soundtrack album is anchored by her recordings, and though Epic Records may not have planned it that way originally, the release of "Cry" as the first single indicates the label is using the soundtrack to try to reawaken interest in Moore's self-titled 2001 album, a commercial disappointment, on which it appeared originally. Certainly, the singer is trying to distance herself from her competitors on a track like this, which shows her tackling a ballad in a surprisingly thoughtful and mature way. You only need to contrast her approach with that of Rachael Lampa, who throws in all the tired vocal tricks without an ounce of real feeling on "If You Believe," to see the difference. The rest of the album seems to have been divided largely between the moody rock of Jonathan Foreman and his band Switchfoot and the very busy rock of Gregg Alexander (aka New Radicals), though Toploader's trip-hop arrangement of the old King Harvest hit "Dancing in the Moonlight" is a cute idea.

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Performance Credits

Richard Greene   Violin
Rusty Anderson   Guitar
Tal Bergman   Drums
Tommy Byrnes   Guitar
David Davidson   Strings,Violin
Schuyler Deale   Bass
Paul Gordon   Piano
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Sam Levine   Flute,Bass Clarinet
Bob Mason   Violin,Cello
Tony Miracle   Keyboards
Peter Mokran   Guitar,Keyboards
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Doug Petty   Keyboards
John Pierce   Bass
Karie Prescott   Viola
Mervyn Warren   Piano
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Margaret Wooten   Violin
Peter Hyrka   Strings
Danielle Brisebois   Background Vocals
Switchfoot   Track Performer
Matt Slocum   Strings
Mandy Moore   Track Performer
Toploader   Track Performer
Rachael Lampa   Track Performer
Mary Anne Steinberger   Cello
Jon Foreman   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Charlie Peacock   Producer,Executive Producer
Richard Greene   String Arrangements
Gregg Alexander   Producer
Richie Biggs   Engineer
Tommy Byrnes   Producer
Bill Cooper   Engineer
Alan Douglas   Engineer
George Drakoulias   Producer
Cory Fite   Engineer
Adam Kasper   Producer
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Peter Mokran   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Lynn Nichols   Executive Producer
Sandy Pearlman   Producer
Guy Roche   Producer,drum programming
Tony Shepperd   Engineer
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Producer,Engineer
Jess Sutcliffe   Engineer
Mervyn Warren   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,MIDI Programming
Tony Flores   Engineer
Danielle Brisebois   Producer
Shane D. Wilson   Engineer
Rob Beaton   Engineer
Chris Vrenna   Producer,Engineer
Cold   Producer
Pete Karam   Engineer
Matt Slocum   String Arrangements
Tony Bruno   Programming,Producer
New Radicals   Contributor
Hunt Lowry   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Debra Baum   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Dushyant Bhakta   Engineer
Dorian Cheah   drum programming
Denise Di Novi   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Casey La Scala   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Jon Leshay   Producer
James Renald   Producer
Adam Shankman   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Jeff Jones   Engineer
Shane West   Composer

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