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    Wed, 13 Jun 2012 11:39:35

    "Rock of Ages" Motion Picture Soundtrack Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    The Rock of Ages Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is shimmering proof that Hollywood stars really can wail.

    Featuring 20 classic jams re-envisioned by the film's A-list cast, this collection balances bravado and bombast like all of our favorite '80s bands did. Kicking off the party, Tom Cruise struts through Guns N' Roses's iconic "Paradise City" with reverence for Axl Rose and a boatload of personal panache that'd make the legendary singer proud. Cruise possesses some serious pipes and nails the high notes like a genuine badass, especially as the solo unwinds.

    The medleys of "Sister Christian"/"Just Like Paradise"/ "Nothin' But A Good time" and "Juke Box Hero"/I Love Rock 'n' Roll" see Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, and Alec Baldwin each standing out with an individual swagger.

    Cruise and Malin Akerman make "I Want To Know What Love Is" a real emotional roller coaster, elevated by Akerman's irresistible and impressive delivery. Another duet that sizzles is "Can't Fight This Feeling" which pairs Brand and Baldwin together for a rousing arena-filling rocker. Miss Catherine Zeta-Jones also makes a phenomenal turn on her rendition of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", adding a saucy vibrancy all her own. She carries that over to the one-two punch of "We Built This City"/ "We're Not Gonna Take It", were both equally made for Brand.

    Brand remains one of the standout performers. With inimitable delivery, charm, and talent, he infuses each of his performances with an innate rock 'n' roll spirit that can't be replicated. He really was born this way, and he's just plain awesome on the mic. You'll feel that similar spirit on Cruise's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and everywhere else.

    Brand's got to do his own album though…We're going to start campaigning for it. He's already more of a genuine rock star than most people on stage! Maybe, he Cruise, and Baldwin can form a super group? The possibilities are endless after this romp.

    Ultimately, this is a landmark soundtrack and one of the best albums of 2012. Get your lighters and hands in the air and get ready to rock

    Rick Florino

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