The Song Album (Music from the Motion Picture)
Reviewed By Michelle C. Danko
Genre: Movie Soundtrack
Released: September 30, 2014
Production Company: Capitol CMG/ City on a Hill
If you were captivated by the movie, The Song, which was released earlier this week, you will want the soundtrack album. Filled with heartfelt, heart wrenching lyrics, this album will have you reliving memorable scenes in the movie.
Some of the lyrics themselves are written almost as if they came out of Song of Songs. Listeners will hear the passion and intensity the artists deliver through each track. Their vocals enhance what is being told in the movie, and the emotions conveyed, in parts, are raw and edgy.
The Song Album features a star-studded line up of artists such as Ricky Skaggs, NEEDTOBREATHE, Emmylou Harris, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, and the cast (Alan Powell and Caitlin Nicol-Thomas) of the movie.
The Song (Awaken Love) (Alan Powell): Captivatingly beautiful guitar introduction. Song is about a husband waiting for his wife. It discusses the God type of love between couples, courting, and having a relationship God’s way. The lyrics are written similar to Song of Songs in the Bible and the harmonies are wonderfully touching. You can feel a soft gentleness as a husband would speak to his wife. The beginning is very soft, and as the lyrics go from a courting love to married passionate love, the music crescendos. The end emphatically repeats with “Love is the power that heals”. Wonderfully passionately romantic!
Son of a King (Alan Powell): Brief interlude. The song is about being the son of a King (family name), and all the consequences of past decisions. It talks about being the son of God, and desiring God’s wisdom. He talks about having dreams come true like you don’t want them to.
Kentucky Voice (Ricky Skaggs): Country sounding song filled with the sound of guitars, banjos, and violins. It is about hearing that Kentucky voice about home, and home life. States parent’s raised him correctly, and with a love of music. It continues into giving your heart to Jesus, and memories of singing gospel notes in reference to a memory about Kentucky. This is what Kentucky means to the writer.
Split the Baby (Alan Powell): Banjo opening. Mostly sung acapella. It is the humorous song that was sung to Rose at the beginning. The song is about asking Rose out and how he is the better man for her. Also openly discusses how her other boyfriend treated her so badly.
You Made Me Love You (Taylor Walling): Classic song with the soft strumming of the guitar, and powerful vocals of Taylor Walling. It is about being in love with someone and “wanting” them. It is written as if the person was pleading with someone for intimacy and being seduced.
Can’t Hold On (Alan Powell): Another brief interlude. This ballad discusses how the person was wounded, hurt, and afraid, and asks if God will catch you when you fall. It asks the question if God can hear us when we call in a moment of desperation and when we are far from Christ.
I Love You Truly (Jill Paquette): Another classic song on this CD- very well known. It is a very softly, sweetly sung ballad with just vocals and guitar. It is about a deep, true love.
Confetti (Caitlin Nicol-Thomas): Very fast paced country song brought alive with powerful vocals and an electric violin performance. The lyrics are purely sexual and about wanting sex with another person. The lyrics describe a passionate one night stand and all of the emotions that accompany it.
All I Wanna Be (Alan Powell and Caitlin Nicol-Thomas): It is about a song about not being happy with what you are doing when your heart yearns to be with someone. It asks the question of what am I doing this for when it takes the person away from the one they love. Discussion about missing a person when they are not around- their love, their touch, and their sweet kisses. Good-byes are described as painful and hard. It is the painful feeling of not being with the one you love, and the realization that fame is nothing without love.
Falling Like Stars (Caitlin Nicol-Thomas): Softly sung ballad with a guitar backdrop and hints of violin playing quietly in the distance. It discusses being together under the moonlight and stars. It is a quiet communication that comes with knowing someone intimately, and feeling a deep connection while being under the moon.
Ooh’s and Aah’s (NEEDTOBREATHE): Deep sounding rock sound with electric guitars and full band. Basically it talks about a person’s destruction, and them falling from grace. It places the blame on the individual for the choices they made. It says that some men may have taken fame in a stride; however their footsteps left “tracks”. They have everything that they could need, but they live in destruction.
Prayer in Open D (Emmylou Harris): Gentle country twang to a prayerful sounding song. It discusses the sensation of falling into sin, and being tormented by past decisions. The lyrics take you to a vision of someone who is wracked with deep grief in their soul, but they cling onto the “Rock” that is Jesus for their strength. Very sorrowful sounding.
Chasing After the Wind (Alan Powell): It is about having everything, but not being able to take anything with you as you move on. Discusses the emptiness of pursuing empty material things that don’t mean anything if no one knows you, or can hear your voice. Chasing After the Wind references chasing after the wrong things in life and discovering that you are not content because they aren’t things of substance or meaning. They don’t last.
Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There is a Season) (Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Roger McGuinn): Classic song based on Ecclesiastes. Discusses that there are different seasons for life, and God has a purpose for every season in life. When one season ends, another begins with a new purpose. It has more of a country feel to this song than the original. Originally sung by the group, The Byrds.
End of the Matter (Alan Powell): Lyrics discuss that we should search for God’s truth, and cherish the “wife of your youth”. In the end, all that matters is that God sent his Son for us so that we may live, and everything in eternity is going to be “so beautiful”. The song is sung with such a deep remorse, with a hint of disgust for misdeeds in the attitude.
The soundtrack is such a mixture of sounds, yet they all fit together to retell the modern day tale of King Solomon. As mentioned, you just feel the raw emotion- the vocals are believable. The violin accompaniment in “Confetti” is amazingly complex, and adds to the atmosphere of the lyrics making the song sound somewhat crazy, rushed, and passion infused- but in a good way, because it fits with what takes place in the movie.
I loved the way they infused some well-known classics. They were very beautifully sung, and they stayed true to the way they were originally arranged. The movie didn’t require the arrangement to change to be effective, and in this case, it was nice that they didn’t try to change it- it simply wasn’t required.
I would give this album an eight out of ten. Some of the lyrics were very seductive- steamy seductive- and something that I would not be comfortable letting my children listen to for concern that they would actually pick up on the lyrics. For the most part, the lyrics are biblical, but some descriptions are geared more towards people who are married/older, and would understand them.
Other than the steamy lyrics of some of the songs, the musical arrangement was phenomenal! It really showcased a lot of talent and ability that I never knew existed. As mentioned previously, the raw emotion of the vocals is incredible, and believable. It takes talent to be able to play a role, and sing with such conviction. It was almost as if each character WAS the person that they were portraying. Remarkable talent!
Many thanks to Lori Lenz-Heiselman at Biscuit Media Group and City on a Hill Music Entertainment for allowing us to review this album.