Yeehaw, I’m an American!
The new movie Sahara is making all kinds of fans happy; the movie for those who love action flicks, and the soundtrack for classic rock music nerds. With the upbeat opening song â€šÃ„ÃºStay with Meâ€šÃ„Ã¹ by Faces (Rod Stewart) followed neatly by â€šÃ„ÃºWeâ€šÃ„Ã´re an American Bandâ€šÃ„Ã¹ by Grand Funk, itâ€šÃ„Ã´s easy to picture a tan and dirty Matthew McConaughey sweating his balls off behind the wheel of a rough and rugged Jeep and blowing shit up, just like any red-blooded American man would if stuck in the middle of the desert.The rest of this classic rock collection of songs is jam-packed with familiar names such as The Kinks and Canned Heat. As complete as this compilation is, songs like â€šÃ„ÃºSweet Home Alabamaâ€šÃ„Ã¹ by Lynyrd Skynyrd and â€šÃ„ÃºMagic Carpet Rideâ€šÃ„Ã¹ by Steppenwolf make it a touch too clichâˆšÂ©. The tracks should be prefaced by Casey Casemâ€šÃ„Ã´s famous voice cheerily announcing that â€šÃ„ÃºThis album is made of some of the greatest songs of the 70â€šÃ„Ã´s!â€šÃ„Ã¹ The Sahara, soundtrack is a wholly American mix, with old school influences ranging from hard rock to classic rock, and country. Some of the songs are the more country versions, as in â€šÃ„ÃºFire on the Mountainâ€šÃ„Ã¹ by The Marshall Tucker Band, which uses a slide guitar just a little too much.
The yeehaw-country-boy tone of this album seems to be an important factor of the soundtrack as the character is placed in an extraordinary situation where his cowboy qualities shine through. Though this album is quite enjoyable for those already established fans of 70â€šÃ„Ã´s rock, the repertoire may be a bit redundant and inaccessible to those who arenâ€šÃ„Ã´t already interested.