Friday, June 10, 2011

We Were Soldiers...various artists

Editorial Reviews "music from and inspired by" the Mel Gibson Vietnam film is a full slate of new recordings by a wide range of mainstream stars, along with bagpipe and glee-club pieces that convey the movie's sobriety. Quiet, detailed vignettes by Mary Chapin Carpenter (Patty Griffin's "My Dear Old Friend") and India Arie ("Good Man") express the human losses inherent in the conflict, while the pop-country duo Montgomery Gentry offer "Didn't I," the plaint of the returning vet. Much of the rest is inspirational pop of various stripes. Johnny Cash and Dave Matthews team for the ethereal "For You," while Five for Fighting's "The Beautiful" recalls Matthews's most radio-ready tracks. Atmospheric moments from Christian-poppers and up-and-coming Nashville stars complete the package, which is sure to appeal both to fans of the film and those who'll apply the patriotic sentiments to present-day realities. --Bob Roget

1. For You Johnny Cash;Dave Matthews
2. Some Mother's Son Carolyn Dawn Johnson
3. Fall Out Train
4. Soldier Steven Curtis Chapman
5. Good Man India.Arie
6. The Beautiful Five For Fighting
7. My Dear Old Friend Mary Chapin Carpenter
8. I Believe Tammy Cochran
9. The Widowing Field Jars Of Clay
10. Not So Distant Day Jamie O'Neal;Michael McDonald
11. Didn't I Montgomery Gentry
12. The Glory Of Life Rascal Flatts
13. Sgt. MacKenzie Joseph Kilna MacKenzie
14. The Mansions of the Lord United States Military Academy Glee Club

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