Hannah Montana: The Movie Soundtrack11.04.09 # Soundtrack # 105 Comments
Uh… right… okay… the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack. Now, as a fan of Sonic Youth and Captain Beefheart there’s always the chance that I’m the wrong person to be assessing this record. So let’s bear in mind that I’m not a 14-year-old girl, and we’ll do our best. ‘Kay?
The thing with this soundtrack is it absolutely does its job. Cheerful beyond reproach, relentlessly life affirming, listening to it is rather like being hugged by an inappropriately friendly born-again Christian.
Let’s examine some of the lyrics:
You stayed for a while and left with a smile
At least I made you happy, you made me happy too
Now, perhaps I’ve just been listening to too much Beefheart lately, but I think that’s actually kind of nice.
You can change your hair and you can change your clothes
You can change your mind that’s just the way it goes
You can say goodbye and you can say hello
Say what you want about Miley Cyrus, but you can’t say her lyrics are inaccurate.
Of course there is one thing you can say about Miley Cyrus – she’s Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter. Now, not to state the obvious, but Billy Ray Cyrus isn’t Johnny Cash, and Achey Breaky Heart could well be used as the Devil’s lift music. I mean, if you get to Hell, and Achey Breaky Heart is playing on perpetual loop as Bill O’Reilly and Leopold & Loeb belly flop into the lake of fire, it won’t be a huge shock. But his daughter is a talented whiter-than-white performer, a youth market idol, with undeniable appeal to young girls (I’m not saying tweens because it’s stupid), and all this gooey life is great and boys are nice and let’s have fun and aren’t hair extensions and clothes kind of cool stuff – well, someone’s got to do it. And she does it well. Good on her.
Of course, she’s now a multi-multi-multi-millionaire and is about to release her memoirs at the age of sixteen, so you have to cross your fingers and hope she doesn’t go the way of the Olsen twins and become an emaciated drug abuser splattered all over tabloid gossip rags. It’s a dangerous road, being a child star. First you wind up on MTV, then you get your own series of movies, then your accountant screws you, then your lawyers screw you, then the work dries up and you get into class A’s and hard sex and soon you’re on Celebrity Big Brother. So if you’re a Miley fan, try not to buy any gossip magazines and just cross your fingers.
So, the Hannah Montana Soundtrack: it’s syrupy sentimentality with some fast guitars and a bit of country & western thrown in for good measure, and it does exactly what it needs to do for its audience. If you have a niece or a daughter or a sister of suitable age, buy it for her. And hold off on the Billy Ray chat for a year or three. She’ll find out in due course.
Hannah Montana: The Movie Soundtrack (Songs) – Track Listing & Lyrics
1. You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home – Hannah Montana
2. Let’s Get Crazy – Hannah Montana
3. The Good Life – Hannah Montana
4. Everything I Want – Steve Rushton
5. Don’t Walk Away – Miley Cyrus
6. Hoedown Throwdown – Miley Cyrus
7. Dream – Miley Cyrus
8. The Climb – Miley Cyrus
9. Butterfly Fly Away – Miley Cyrus
10. Backwards – Rascal Flatts
11. Back To Tennessee – Billy Ray Cyrus
12. Crazier – Taylor Swift
13. Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
14. Let’s Do This – Hannah Montana
15. Spotlight – Hannah Montana
16. Game Over – Steve Rushton
17. What’s Not to Like – Hannah Montana
18. The Best of Both Worlds: The 2009 Movie Mix – Hannah Montana
Leave your thoughts on the Hannah Montana Movie soundtrack (and your review of the movie) in the comments.