Various Artists – Footloose Soundtrack

When I first heard they were remaking this classic (well, it was the 80s) 80s film I was shocked that anyone would dare try.  Well, I’ve now adjusted somewhat to the idea and the fact that it is a decent film has won me over a little.  Now having someone else sing Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose” is a different matter altogether.  It might take me a while to accept that Blake Shelton’s version of the song is….okay (shudder).  It’s a sacrilege, people!  On the soundtrack there are four remakes: Jana Kramer’s “Let’s Hear for the Boy” (originally Deniece Williams), Ella Mae Bowen’s “Holding Out for a Hero” (originally Bonnie Tyler), Victoria Justice and Hunter Hayes’ “Almost Paradise” (originally Mike Reno and Ann Wilson) and Shelton’s “Footloose”.  The other eight songs are originals and include tunes by Cee Lo Green, Gretchen Wilson and Zac Brown.  The soundtrack is country heavy and several songs from the film are missing.  The missing songs would more accurately depict the mood of the film, so it is a shame that they chose to omit them. Not as good as the original is the bottom line on this one.

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