A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
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What's the story?
As with all Disney/Pixar animated projects, a major highlight of the CARS SOUNDTRACK is Randy Newman's original score. But there are also contributions by some legendary contemporary, as well as classic, recording artists. Sheryl Crow revs up the engine with "Real Gone," an irresistible summer-party song. Then come tracks by Rascal Flatts ("Life Is A Highway"), Brad Paisley ("Behind the Clouds" and "Find Yourself"), James Taylor on "Our Town" (a Randy Newman original), and The Chords. Add the two versions of the quintessential driving song "Route 66" (one by Chuck Berry, the other by John Mayer), and the result is a pitch-perfect family road trip album that works even if no one has seen the movie.
Is it any good?
Among the highlights has to be the understated, ever-exquisite "My Heart Would Know" by Hank Williams. The Cars soundtrack provides an unintentional but lovely lesson in musical influences for families -- as well as a terrific way to pass the time, singing along on the road.