Cars Soundtrack

Common Sense Media says

An all-star cast makes this CD a stand-out.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

A gentle message of friendship and good times.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Tie-in to movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's nothing objectionable here, just a solid mix of contemporary and classic artists.

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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different musical styles and how they are achieved. What about Brad Paisley's songs make them sound so country? If Sheryl Crow used fiddle and pedal steel guitar, for example, would her song sound more country too?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:June 6, 2006
Label:Disney
Genre:Soundtrack
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 3 and 4 year old Written bylaribrook April 26, 2011
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Great soundtrack regardless of the movie!

My boys love this soundtrack! It is wonderful, I could listen to it w/ out the kids ;)
Parent of a 3 year old Written bySnotRod May 3, 2009
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My boy loves it!

Always wants to listen to it in the car - which isn't necessarily a good thing :)
Adult Written byelizs77 April 9, 2008
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