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    Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:50:51

    "Act of Valor" Soundtrack Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Filmmakers Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh seamlessly transport audiences into the boots of a covert Navy SEAL squad in Relativity Media's groundbreaking, Act of Valor, in theaters on February 24, 2012.

    By the same token, on the movie's soundtrack, country titans Keith Urban, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Wynonna Judd, and more bring listeners into the hearts and minds of those who fight so selflessly for God, family, and country on new songs written specifically for the film.

    A modern classic, Urban's invigorating and inspiring ballad, "For You," is a vow of protection and dedication supported by finger-picked guitar and orchestral swells. Taking the viewpoint of a soldier, Urban vulnerably croons, "I felt like I just made the biggest mistake when I thought about my unborn child, when I thought about my wife." As the song crescendos, he ponders, "Could I make that sacrifice?" Urban paints a picture of conflict amidst the smoke and haze of war via an unforgettable hook and pristine production.

    "I Was Here" flawlessly treads folk territory as piano colors an epic sonic backdrop from Lady Antebellum. Hillary Scott delivers another inspirational plea, "I want to do something that matters" with her angelic pipes resounding louder than any gunfire on the battlefield. Sugarland's "Guide Me Home" is an upbeat anthem that could be played on any flight home from the Middle East, while Wynonna Judd's husky inflection adds heft to the powerful finale, "Whatever Brings You Back."

    Elsewhere Trace Adkins, Jake Owen, Hunter Hayes, Lori McKenna, and Montgomery Gentry enhance the experience with a respective twang of their own. Relativity Media crafted the ultimate country collection in honor of the ultimate modern war film. If the movie gives you the physical action, then this is its emotional counterpart.

    —Rick Florino
    02.22.12


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