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Blown Away

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If the downside of soundtracks containing orchestral scores is that the writing is at the service of the story rather than the musical sense, waxing lyrical or tensing up to match the plot points, the concomitant with song-based soundtracks is that, while the songs may match the film's scenes, on record they can sound like an arbitrary jumble of tunes. This album is a good example: what do two songs from Aretha Franklin's pop-jazz era on Columbia Records in the early '60s -- U2's hit "With or Without You," and a love ballad called "Take Me Home," sung by Joe Cocker and Bekka Bramlett in the style of "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" (Cocker and Jennifer Warnes' hit from Dirty Dancing ) -- have to do with each other? Nothing, except that they're all featured in this summer thriller. There's a certain Irish tone here (U2, a song by the Pogues), but no real thematic unity.

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