If studios can earn a buck off of a collection of boring modern rock songs that are supposedly "inspired by" the largely secular world of Marvel Comics-derived films like Spiderman and Daredevil, then it seems entirely logical that the non-secular world of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia should be exploited as well. That the CCM community would jump at an opportunity to celebrate The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is no surprise, but the producers -- like those behind the aforementioned comic adaptations -- have missed a wonderful opportunity to create a mirrored work of "creativity" instead of a bullet to the wallet of the "videoless" MTV generation. With such an established book, why relegate a companion audio work to generic, midtempo CCM acts like Jars of Clay and Steven Curtis Chapman? There's a whole new generation of young faith-based indie rock bands, composers, and instrumentalists who not only take chances, but also would have jumped at the chance to provide Aslan (the Lion) with a thunderous roar. To be narrow is one thing, but to do it in the shape-shifting milieu of rock & roll is not only dull, it's spiritless. What's kept this popular series of books so clearly in the populace is the subtlety of its message; it's parable, not dogma.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger