“The Song” is an independent film that is currently making serious waves in the Christian movie scene. This movie (which hits the big screens today) is not just your everyday Christian feature film, but a film laced with beautiful melodies baked in bluegrass, folk, and Christian undertones.
The official soundtrack for “The Song” is titled “The Song Album” and it features both covers and original scores from the movie.
Alan Powell performs most songs on “The Song Album.” Powell also plays lead character, Jed King, in the movie. Many may know Powell as one of the guys from Christian band Anthem Lights; unlike any sound from his previous works with the band, “The Song Album” sees him soar in a whole new light.
The soundtrack features a host of incredible singers such as Jill Paquette, Caitlin Nicol Thomas (who also plays a pivotal role in the movie), Emmylou Harris, Taylor Walling, Ricky Skaggs, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Roger McGuinn.
Since I saw an advance copy of the film before listening to this soundtrack album, I may totally be biased but these tunes are both soothing and haunting.
So here are four reasons to listen to “The Song Album.”
Falling Like Stars
The tune delves into the deluge of emotions and feelings, like no other tune on this compilation. The broad sense of bitter-sweet emotions can be felt throughout the four minutes of the song. Falling Like Stars is performed by Caitlin Thomas, who plays the (somewhat) antagonist in the film.
Ooh’s and Ahh’s
May all fans of NEEDTOBREATHE stand up! Yes! The beloved Christian group earns a spot on the soundtrack with “Oohs and Ahhs.” The song notably first appeared on the band’s 2011 album ’The Reckoning.” Though the band is selling out shows and promoting their new highly acclaimed album, “Rivers In The Wasteland,” this tune is still a favorite from the old era, and a befitting number for “The Song Album.”
Chasing After The Wind
This song is the ‘cry me a river’ tune in the movie and the album. This is the most heartfelt song I have heard in movie in recent times. In The Movie, Jed King (Alan Powell) performs this song with a teary eye and it was such a powerful performance that I didn’t know I was spotting a teary eye as well. Listening to the song on the album brings back that strong nostalgic feeling. “Why should I sing if nothing has meaning” soars Powell in this epic performance.
Turn Turn Turn (To Everything There’s A Season)
This 1950s song originally written by Pete Seeger makes an all-star appearance on the album. The tune which was recorded by The Byrds was recut exclusively for the The Song by Roger McGuinn (the lead singer of The Byrds). The song is inspired by the bible as the lyrics are adapted word-for-word from Chapter 3 of the Book of Ecclesiastes. The folk song sees vocals from Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs and Roger McGuinn.
Although, in the movie Jed (Alan Powell) performs the tune which was the icebreaker…. (spoiler alert). Alan Powell’s rendition of the song is notably missing when we get the banjo skit “Split The Baby,” and I found that quite disappointing.
In conclusion, there are a few weak moments on the compilation which I found a tad mediocre, but not enough to black mark the “The Song Album” or “The Song” film. The movie is just remarkable and well paced, and the album follows that path. The aforementioned tunes are definitely reasons to listen to “The Song Album”
“The Song” is out on cinemas today, and “The Song Album” is available in all stores, and on Amazon.