The soundtrack to Scrooged features updates on Christmas classics as well as original material by Dan Hartman and Denise Love, Mark Lennon, Robbie Robertson, and Buster Poindexter. The album's sound, as well as its roster of artists, give it the feel of a time capsule buried in the late '80s, for better or worse. While Natalie Cole's "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" fares the best, most of the album, including Annie Lennox and Al Green's "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"; Miles Davis, Larry Carlton, David Sanborn, and Paul Shaffer's "We Three Kings of Orient Are"; and New Voices of Freedom's "Sweetest Thing" bring back bad memories of the cold, brassy sound that dominated the decade's pop. Though Scrooged may appeal to fans of the movie, they may be taken aback by how badly the soundtrack has aged.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares