Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

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In the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama, the adorable Reese Witherspoon plays Melanie, a New York City socialite who returns to her humble southern roots to finalize her divorce so she can remarry. Equally adorable is the film's soundtrack, which reflects Melanie's white-trash roots and city-slicker present with a tasty selection of rock, pop, and countrySee more details below

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In the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama, the adorable Reese Witherspoon plays Melanie, a New York City socialite who returns to her humble southern roots to finalize her divorce so she can remarry. Equally adorable is the film's soundtrack, which reflects Melanie's white-trash roots and city-slicker present with a tasty selection of rock, pop, and country songs. Bridging the two worlds, acoustic folkie Jewel rocks out on a soulful and twangy version of the Lynyrd Skynyrd warhorse that gives the movie its name. Elsewhere, SheDaisy pour their harmonies into the country-pop of "Mine All Mine," and the Calling stomp out a straightforward take on the Georgia Satellites' barroom blues-rock classic "Keep Your Hands to Yourself." Sheryl Crow yodels her way through Hank Williams's "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" and Dolly Parton contributes the bluegrass rave-up "Marry Me." Surprisingly, Kid Rock running buddy Uncle Kracker makes an easy home here with a remix of "To Think I Used to Love You" (from his disc No Stranger to Shame) that features a mellow mix of hip-hop beats and twangy banjo. Also sweetening the mix are tracks from alt-country poster boy Ryan Adams, blues-rocker Shannon McNally, and MTV's 2002 "It Girl," Avril Lavigne, with the "Complicated"-reminiscent "Falling Down." With a collection of songs as endearing as the film's star, Sweet Home Alabama is sure to find favor on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The mildly entertaining romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama features an equally take-it-or-leave-it soundtrack that mixes country, rock, and pop and excerpts of George Fenton's score. Despite the cognitive dissonance that Jewel's glossy cover of Skynryd's title track causes, it's actually not a bad reworking of the Southern rock classic into an adult alternative single. Most of the album features winsome, perky, or feisty music by female artists, such SHeDAISY's "Mine All Mine" and Avril Lavigne's "Falling Down," who sound so similar to each other that it's hard to believe one song is considered contemporary country and the other alternative-leaning teen pop. In fact, aside from Dolly Parton's "Marry Me," the most country-sounding tracks on the album are Sheryl Crow's "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" and Uncle Kracker's "To Think I Used to Love You (DJ Homicide Remix)." A flat version of "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" by the Calling and the Freestylers' out-of-place big-beat number "Weekend Song" are a couple of the misguided attempts at making the track listing diverse, but the album just ends up unfocused. Of course, Sweet Home Alabama will please anyone who liked the music in the movie, but the soundtrack really isn't successful on any other terms.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616236425
catalogNumber:
162364

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Technical Credits

Sheryl Crow   Producer
Steve Buckingham   Producer
George Fenton   Producer
Ethan Johns   Producer
Brian Malouf   Producer
Linda Perry   Producer
Andrew Slater   Producer
C.J. Vancston   Producer
Dawn Solér   Executive Producer
Mitchell Leib   Executive Producer
Pat Sullivan   Mastering
Laura Wasserman   Executive Producer
Freestylers   Producer
Antonina Armato   Producer
Mike Bradford   Producer
SHeDAISY   Producer
Dave Snow   Art Direction
Uncle Kracker   Producer
Dan Huff   Producer

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