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Can't Argue With Success,
This review is from: The Jazz Singer (Audio CD)
Not as enduring or magical as the soundtrack for Jonathan Livingston Seagull, but then again this is a completely different type of film that he was composing for. JLS was more of a spiritual journey which was perfectly complimented in the music, whilst Jazz Singer is more of a commercial movie of a "Boy Done Good" scenario.
Personally, I preferred the songs on JLS, or should I say his genre of music, less anthemic, which probably isn't a word, and more beautifully crafted. However you can't argue with success, and there have been enough hits pulled off this album to back up any argument against it. Perhaps it's because I've heard "America" spouted from every radio station ever since that I probably should have written this review when I first heard it and not now that I have become battle weary of it.
It's nevertheless a good soundtrack with only a few weak points. It proved to be a commercial success and one of Diamond's last big sellers, if you don't include 12 Songs. A lot of material was used from "Jazz Singer" in his subsequent live shows, which made a lot of his performances a little less sensitive and more akin to "tub thumping" hysteria.
Should you buy it? If you are just a gatherer of music in general, chances are you've got most of the big songs on a compilation. However, if you're a Diamond fan then it's not really up for debate..............you've probably already got it and are still enjoying it.