The soundtrack album for the critically lambasted box-office smash Patch Adams has three elements. First, there is "Faith of the Heart," a power ballad written by Diane Warren and sung by Rod Stewart, which is a standard effort for its genre. Second, there are eight classic rock songs by people like Eric Clapton, the Rascals, and Sly & the Family Stone. In the film, they no doubt serve a feel-good purpose; on the album they just re-create a half-hour no-commercial block on your local AOR radio station. Then there are nine musical cues from Marc Shaiman's orchestral score, running a little over 21 minutes. Not surprisingly, for a film thought of as heart-warming or sickeningly sentimental, depending on you point of view, the score is full of soft, melodic music led by slow, contemplative, piano chords and features lots of sweet, swelling strings. We won't offer a judgment of the film here, but only note that, coming out of "People Got to Be Free" and "Stand," this quiet stuff makes for quite a contrast.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann