I’m taking a break from talking about books this week to discuss something a little different – still fun, but really different. I recently signed up to be part of the FlyBy Promotions Blogger Network, and as such I get access to some fabulous faith- and family-based DVDs, books, Christian music, and more.
One of their most recent offerings was a CD sampler of soundtrack music from the new movie, THE IDENTICAL, which comes out next Friday, September 5th (the CD of the full soundtrack also becomes available on that date).
The IDENTICAL tells the compelling story of twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression. DREXEL HEMSLEY becomes an iconic 50’s rock ’n’ roll star, while RYAN WADE (Blake Rayne) struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. The Reverend Wade (Ray Liotta) and his wife (Ashley Judd) are sure their adopted son has been gifted and called by God to be a preacher. But Ryan challenges his parent’s vision for his life, and unflinchingly chooses to launch his own music career with his best friend (Seth Green). Encouraged by his wife (Erin Cottrell) and employer (Joe Pantoliano), Ryan embarks on an unpredictable, provocative path – performing the legendary music of Drecel Hemsley in sold out venues all across the country. As the brothers’ destinies tragically collide, Ryan discovers that Drexel is his identical twin, which leads him to question everything he’s ever believed about God, family, and his own identity.
And check out the official movie trailer.
I got a free review copy of the soundtrack sampler, and one lucky winner of my Rafflecopter giveaway (click on the picture below to enter) will receive their very own copy.
THE IDENTICAL ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK SAMPLER features 12 of the 20 original songs by Jerry Marcellino and Yochanan Marcellino from the film. Including “Your Love’s Keepin’ Me Tonight,” “City Lights,” “Angel of Mine,” “Everybody Knows It” and “Nashville Tonight.”
Here are my thoughts on the CD:
Honestly, at first, I wanted to turn off the CD as soon as I started it. It didn’t give me a good first impression, but that’s because I was expecting something completely different, based on the 50’s-inspired poster image. I was expecting young, cool Elvis, but the CD starts off with “City Lights,” which is more representative of old, fat Elvis.
However, this CD quickly grew on me, and the second time I listened to it, I loved it even more. “City Lights,” for all its “Fat Elvis” vibe, has a VERY catchy tune, and I sing it to myself often. 🙂
There are some real gems on this CD – “Your Love’s Keeping Me Tonight,” with its haunting melody, is one of the CD’s best songs. And I LOVED the bluegrass number “Burnin’ Rubber.” I listened to that song a few times in a row, I loved it so much. The updated soul version of Ringo Starr’s “It Don’t Come Easy” was fairly well executed, and the song itself is solid. “Angel of Mine” was another one of my favorites. It has a nice melody and some great harmonies, but it has a funky, metallic-sounding background to it that I didn’t really care for much. Still, it was easy enough to focus on the vocals and ignore the background. And the last song, the instrumental “One Child,” was simply gorgeous! A perfect way to end the CD on just the right note.
Do I recommend this CD? Yes, I definitely do. And the movie looks like it will be very good too. Check it out when it hits theaters next week. And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to win your own copy of the sampler. Click the image above, or you can visit my Facebook page and enter there (look for the “Giveaway” tab). Leave a comment on this blog post, and you automatically earn three entries. I love it when you guys interact with me. 🙂
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