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The Commitments (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

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Album Review

Alan Parker's adaptation of Roddy Doyle's crackerjack novel The Commitments kept its focus on the music — the classic American R&B and soul the titular workingman band cranked out in pubs across Ireland. As a book and film, The Commitments was all about love of music, so it didn't matter if the soundtrack offered workmanlike versions of oldies the band and audience knew by heart: as long as it was done with some, well, soul, the film would work, and the soundtrack would too. In that sense, the Commitments were a cousin to the Blues Brothers, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's tribute to the very same music but where Jake and Elwood managed to hire Stax's house band (such are the perks of stardom) , the group Parker assembled were working Irish musicians. This would seem to lend The Commitments some degree of authenticity and it does to a certain extent, as these guys can crank out familiar favorites without missing a step, but the description of working musicians suggests that there is some grit here, which there's not. After all, this is music for a movie, so it is cleanly produced: the horns have a punch, the guitars are crisp, the drums tight and neat, all the better to showcase the bar band growl of Andrew Strong — his Otis worship comes out like Rod Stewart crossed with Mick Hucknall — and Maria Doyle's salute to Aretha Franklin. All of this sounds fine, if a bit generic: these are great songs performed ably and if they're not distinctive, they at least suit the spirit of the film's open-hearted hero worship.

Customer Reviews

What a Soundtrack

Seeing as almost the entire cast are musicians, not actors, this film, and soundtrack are fantastic. The lead vocals of Andrew Strong (who, I have been told, was only 17 when recording took place) combined with the near perfect musicians behind him, make this such a strong album, with some great tracks. We all know 'Mustang Sally' from almost every wedding we have been to, but some of the other tracks deserve praise as well. '(Try a Little) Tenderness' is a track of great depth with some belting lead vocals (Strong) and 'Destination Anywhere' is a marvellous tune with one of the backing singers taking lead vocals for this. All in all, if you like soul, young talent, and a great film, buy the soundtrack, and then see the film. PS Buy 'The Commitments Vol II' as well. The other songs from the film and seven new tracks.

pure quality

if this album doesn't get you singing along, nothing will!

Pure Excellence

I will admit that I have never actually seen the film but I have listened to this soundtrack hundreds of time and it is absolutely fantastic. So don't be out off if you've never seen the film coz you can appreciate this album simply for these excellent songs - which are also great to sing along to - loudly!!!

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