Being a love story penned by Nicholas Sparks that stars Miley Cyrus, it should come as no surprise that the soundtrack to The Last Song is jam-packed with teen-friendly pop. Set against the backdrop of summer love and familial bonding, this collection of songs does a great job serving the themes of the film. While the pop melodrama of bands like Ra Ra Riot and OneRepublic might normally be a bit much, in this collection of mood music it really hits the mark. Other notable highlights from the album include the quiet plaintiveness of Iron & Wine’s “Each Coming Night” and the murky, reverb-drenched rock of the Raveonettes’ “Heart of Stone.” Fans of Miley Cyrus will also find two songs from the singer to enjoy in “When I Look at You” and “I Hope You Find It” (which debuts on the album), making this album a great find for both fans of the film and Cyrus lovers.
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AllMusic Review by Gregory Heaney