Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Universal Republic
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the sequel to the comedy Anchorman, Will Ferrell returns as anchorman extraordinaire (in his mind anyway) Ron Burgundy. Taking placed several years after the original film, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues finds Ron Burgundy struggling with the fact that his wife (Christina Applegate) has been promoted to a top anchor position on the nightly news in New York. Adding insult to injury, Ron has been fired. When he is offered a spot on a new network, Ron jumps at the chance, but only if he can work with his old team again. Scattered around the world, it's not easy to get Champ, Brian and Brick (David Koechner, Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell) back together, but once the team is reassembled, Ron finds himself facing a new problem - a hotshot rival named Jack Lime (James Marsden) who is vying for the same primetime slot as Ron.
The Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Soundtrack features songs from the early 1980s with interludes of tracks featuring Ron Burgundy. The album opens with an introduction by Ron, telling us to warm up to someone cuddly and enjoy this romantic collection of songs. Now, in true Ron Burgundy fashion, he doesn't exactly get it right. Ride Like the Wind by Christopher Cross, a song about a criminal on the run from the law, is not exactly a romantic track. Neither is White Lines by Grandmaster Flash and Mellie Mel, a song that discusses the downward spiral caused by getting addicted to cocaine. But there are some romantic tracks on this album like I'd Really Love to See You Tonight by England Dan and John Ford Coley...and Muskrat Love by Captain and Tennille. I hesitate to call Muskrat Love romantic - it's a tale about romance alright...between two muskrats. Pretty funny though.
But the real hysterical moments come when Ron Burgundy speaks. My favorite Ron Burgundy track is Another Message from Ron Burgundy which appears halfway through the album. In it. Ron asks if the listener is liking the album, but he doesn't really care if you don't because life isn't always fair. He proves this by telling us an over-the-top tale about his father's annual birthday present to his son. My second favorite Ron Burgundy track is the Ride Like the Wind remake featuring Robin Thicke and Ron Burgundy. I love his commentary throughout that track - hysterical!
Being a fan of 80s music, I really enjoyed this album featuring such popular 80s artists as Christopher Cross, Kenny Loggins, Neil Diamond, John Waite, Hot Chocolate and more. Having never seen the film, I must note that many fans are complaining about songs appearing in the film, but not in this soundtrack. The main complaint among these fans is that some of the music on the Anchorman 2 : The Legend Continues Soundtrack only appear very quickly in the film, while other more prominently featured songs don't appear on the soundtrack at all. Fans of the film who liked the music they heard may not be overjoyed at this album if that is the case, but as for me, having never seen the film worked to my advantage - I loved the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Soundtrack and will be happy to add it to my movie soundtrack collection.