Warner Brothers Records, 1996

REVIEW BY: Tammy Childs


Starring John Travolta, Andie McDowell, Bob Hoskins and William Hurt, the movie Michael told the story of a rather quirky and unusual angel; he was a bit gross, he smoked, and he was fat, but he cared. And thus the theme of the story -- caring about others. Many might have found the movie unseemly and irreverent, but I appreciated the light-hearted, think-outside-the-box levity.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The soundtrack issued for this movie is equally chock full of fun and entertaining songs, and runs the gamut of genres, including country, blues, rock and gospel. It opens with Don Henley's "Through Your Hands," which has both a country flavor and the familiar Henley style. The song describes healing that takes place through the hands of Michael. I wouldn't normally picture Henley singing something like this, but he carries out his responsibility to the fullest, and the strong tone of the song sets the pace for the entire soundtrack.

"Chain of Fools" should be familiar to many, especially the old Aretha Franklin version used here. It is, of course, my favorite of the album. There's very little to say about Aretha that hasn't already been said; the song simply stands on its own feet.

Bonnie Raitt offers "Feels Like Home," a melancholy song about being with someone who reminds you of home. Another of my choice picks, this wonderful piece provides Raitt with an opportunity to soften her vocal approach. The notes and vocals present a reflective nature for the tune.

An old Rolling Stones number -- "The Spider and the Fly" -- is performed by Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Shepherd does an excellent job on his version; Mick and Keith could do no better. This bluesy-rock melody is highlighted by the mouth harp.

Old-time soul man Al Green gives us "Love God (and everybody else)." It adds a diversion with its distinctively gospel-driven quality and gives the soundtrack a more spiritual character. It's pretty hard to go wrong with Al Green, and he doesn't disappoint on this song.

The soundtrack Michael provides the background for a sweet love story. As with most love story soundtrack, it is riddled with sentimentality. It brings together couples; a man and his dog, and a man and a woman. If you saw the movie then I am sure you'll enjoy this music; it completes the Michael experience.

Rating: A-

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