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 following tunes:
"Real Gone" by Sheryl Crow--this song is the anthem of the Piston Cup that Lightning McQueen so desperately wants to win.
"Route 66" by Chuck Berry--this album also includes a remake of this classic by John Mayer. Sorry, Mayer, but no one can come close to Berry's original tune.
"Life Is a Highway" by Rascal Flatts--a remake of another tune. The original song by Tom Cochrane is much better, but Rascal Flatts' remake fits better with the overall theme of CARS. "Our Town" by James Taylor--this is my favorite song on the album and it is one of the saddest. It embodies the spirit of every small town in America since the creation of the Interstate.
"Sh-Boom" by The Chords--a classic upbeat oldies song that never gets old.
The score was written by Randy Newman, so unlike many non-vocal arrangements these musical numbers are worth listening to at least once.
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 … more
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