Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
REVIEW BY: Jeff Clutterbuck
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 08/16/2005
Let's get one thing out of the way before this review really gets going; if you have not seen Anchorman, stop reading this review right now. Get out of your chair, grab the car keys, drive down to your local Blockbuster, and rent it. I'll even foot the bill (not really).
This compilation is not just comprised of the best tracks used in the movie; the listener is also treated to Ron Burgundy's comments on each of the tracks as well. Now, how much you enjoy these little bits of comedic genius depends on your sense of humor. Also, be warned that each track contains Burgundy's intro, so skipping that would result in skipping the song entirely. However, if you enjoy Will Ferrell's sort of humor, you won't feel the need to skip anything.
The songs aren't the most eclectic group, consisting mainly of good '70s pop that makes the album go by fast. Some are more famous than others, such as Kansas' "Carry on Wayward Son," but the obscure Jonathan Edwards hit "Sunshine (Go Away Today)," is just as enjoyable. I can't help but laugh at "Help Yourself," delivered by Tom Jones, and now after listening to Anchorman I know that Neil Diamond recorded "Cherry, Cherry," a track I've known for a long time but could never put name to.
Now, I have to say a word about the last song on Anchorman -- "Afternoon Delight." The success of Anchorman the movie catapulted this song to a cult-like status and I have joined the cult. The version on this soundtrack is not the original, but instead the Will Ferrell and Channel 4 News Team performance. I would argue the campy nature of the original track is heightened because of their rendition.
So what is there not to like? Well "Ride Captain Ride," is a song I hear constantly on the radio, and so that means Jeff hits the skip button when it comes on. "Groovy Situation" is boring, though my not having lived in the '70s probably doesn't help matters. I'm sure these songs were popular then, and will make a connection with someone who actually lived in the time, but I'm not one of those people.
Well-known hits, grade-A album cuts, hilarious commentary; what doesn't Anchorman have? This is just a fun and hilarious album, and a perfect companion to the actual movie itself. If you don't believe me, I will fight you.