HOP: ORIGINAL SCORE (CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ)

HOP: ORIGINAL SCORE (CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ) 5

THE PLOT THUS FAR

Grammy-nominated composer Chris Walden’s latest film score, Monster Mutt, is available through MovieScore Media. Monster Mutt is a family comedy about a dog that is transformed into a gigantic beast by a scientist’s experimental energy drink.

Walden’s symphonies and compositions have earned him four Grammy nominations. Since 2007, he has acted as principal arranger for American Idol and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has arranged for Michael Buble, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Sheryl Crow, and Michael Bolton, among others. Film credits include SciFi channel’s Alien Siege and Crimson Force, as well as Wes Craven’s They. Chris Walden’s additional accomplishments include writing over 400 arrangements for symphonies worldwide such as the Chicago Symphony, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, and the West Australian Philharmonic.

TRACK LIST

  1. Ain`t Back Yet – Kenny Chesney
  2. Our Kind of Love – Lady Antebellum
  3. Why Don`t We Just Dance – Josh Turner
  4. Highway 20 Ride – Zac Brown Band
  5. American Saturday Night – Brad Paisley
  6. Unstoppable – Rascal Flatts
  7. `Til Summer Comes Around – Keith Urban
  8. Living for the Night – George Strait
  9. Crazy Town – Jason Aldean
  10. Man I Want to Be, The – Chris Young
  11. Rain Is a Good Thing – Luke Bryan
  12. Little More Country Than That, A – Easton Corbin
  13. Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong – Martina McBride
  14. Up on the Ridge – Dierks Bentley
  15. Little White Church – Little Big Town
  16. Get Off on the Pain – Gary Allan

WHAT WE THOUGHT

The bulk of these productions lean to the polished country-pop end of Nashville’s output, but there are a few twangy tracks and some powerful country-rockers. Many of the songs are loaded with radio-ready melodic hooks and sing-along choruses. Every album in the NOW series has reached the Billboard Top 10, and it is the only non-soundtrack, multi-artist collection to reach the #1 status on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales Chart. That might mean a lot to somebody buying copies for a music store, but why should you care? High chart placement doesn’t mean a thing unless the music is good, and the music sounds uniformly good on this collection, though some songs stand out more than others.

Most of the songs presented on this compiliation received so much radio play that listeners will recognize them whether or not they ever listened to Country stations. However, the compilation never goes for the easy choices with bigger acts such as Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley. Playing off expectations and better B material allows NOW! to entice new listeners and offer up something amazing.

I personally would have switched out a couple of the tracks for some others, but they didn’t ask me, so what can you do? In the end, what we have works better for the neophyte listener. The bigger Country fans will have already purchased half of these CDs or downloaded them off of Itunes. In an age where digital download is becoming the name of the game, some might wonder where the NOW! Collection falls. Well, the best way I can put it is how I recommend it. Offering it up as a nice sampler for younger people to discover.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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