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One of the Most Generic Pop Albums from the Early 1990s
on 3 March 2012
The Bodyguard has become something of a treasured romance film, with its soundtrack making the average person associate Witney Houston's cover of that Dolly Parton song, I Will Always Love You, forever engraved into popular culture conscience. However, does associating with just that one song, which is at its best Houston's work at its most generic, does the soundtrack album any justice to be as remembered fondly? Well, besides the issues regarding the world going nuts over that track, it is probably best not to get your hopes up when revisiting this soundtrack.
People may now be dusting their copy of the film, or picking up the soundtrack, as a tribute to Houston's legacy as a singer, then they you maybe disappointed as The Bodyguard soundtrack is probably one of the most generic pop albums from the early 1990s. With all the clichés thrown in for good measure, including random covers of songs, excluding Houston's I Will Always Love You (S.O.U.L.S.Y.S.T.E.M's thinly disguised cover of Bill Wither's Lovely Day, and Houston's catchy, yet cringe-worthy, take on I'm Every Woman. It also has the kind of music that the average cocktail bar will forever have stuck on the loop, courtesy of several tracks featuring- cue the sick bags!- Kenny G. Even his instrumental track, the one that Aaron Neville is not warbling away, may be tranquil, but the last thing this album needs is to have this generic grandeur of sax music over the so-so pop tracks on the album. Nevertheless, is that really a bad thing?
The highlight tracks come from Houston. I Have Nothing prove her singing can make the average music listener's hair stand on end with her performance on that track alone. There is also bona fide prove that she was regarded to be one of the pop mega stars from the 1980s with the anthemic Queen of the Night acknowledging that she could sing a stellar pop tune too.
The Bodyguard soundtrack may not cut the mustard in giving pop from this decade any longevity, but if you ever needed something to achieve the mood of sleazy 1990s cocktail bar, then you know what soundtrack to put on loop, echoing out of your badly cornered speakers.