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Children's Music and Soundtracks album by Brad Paisley, Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, James Taylor, John Mayer, Randy Newman, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, and The Chords

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  • Jun 14, 2006
My son and I saw Cars over the weekend and I LOVED the movie! The music was incredible, a perfect backdrop to the story and stunning visuals.

Frankly, I'm surprised I like this CD so much because I am NOT a fan of country music! In fact, I (ordinarily) despise it. But Sheryl Crow's rockin' Real Gone and Rascal Flatts' cover of Life is a Highway are AWESOME! I keep crankin' the latter because it's just a FUN song when done by Rascal Flatts! (Never liked the original, believe it or not.)

There's some oldie tunes sprinkled throughout, and my son enjoys both versions of Route 66. A lot. In fact, he's upstairs toggling between those two songs!

If you saw the movie and thought it was as OUTSTANDING (and heartwarming) as I did, this Soundtrack will engender those same "feel good" feelings. Randy Newman's ethereal, moving strings are magnificent, so the instrumental parts are excellent. "Tractor Tipping" is a rousing hoe-down of a song that makes me smile because I remember the hilarious scene with Mater and Lightning in the field!

Cars: The Soundtrack is a great CD for the whole family (unless you have someone who absolutely hates all forms of country music no matter what--like my husband!). But if you've seen the movie, you'll likely enjoy this fun soundtrack (even if you're not a fan of country music like me!)

P.S. This CD comes with a cool fold-out which shows the colorful folks from Radiator Springs.

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small towns, and Route 66. Like most Pixar pictures, the music from CARS captured on the soundtrack is a delightful musical representation of what happens in the film; an audio figment embodying the film's spirit. Unlike previous Pixar soundtracks, about half of the music on the soundtrack are songs sung by various artists, with the rest of the music being parts of the score. The songs on this album range from rocking country to classic oldies to a lonely, longing folk medly. I especially like the …
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Carsis a typical Disney-Pixar animated movie in that it deals with an anthropomorphic character (here, a car) and the heartwarming values of family and friendship. (Alas, we'll have to wait a little while longer for the company to take on greed and selfishness.) The accompanying soundtrack is equally typical in that it's split between catchy pop songs and a score by Randy Newman. The clear highlight of the pop tracks is Sheryl Crow's boisterous, huge-sounding "Real Gone" (her best song in ages). Rascal Flatts also cover Tom Cochrane's 1991 hit "Life Is a Highway," while John Mayer rocks out on "Route 66" (Chuck Berry's elegantly lean version is included as well). For his part, Newman continues his distinguished association with quality animation by supplying a nimble score. It's fun to hear him deploy riffs that wouldn't be out of place on a Quiet Riot album on the bombastic "Opening Race," while the bluesy "Bessie" does George Thorogood with a tuba. The CD's overall Southern flavor is emphasized by the frequent use of banjo and slide guitar, as well as by score tracks cantering about, like "McQueen and Sally." And, as usual, Newman delivers a nostalgic, misty-eyed song--in this case "Our Town," performed by that master of sensitive laid-back charm, James Taylor.--Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Label: Walt Disney Records
Genre: Children's Music, Soundtracks
Release Date: June 6, 2006
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