Hit & Run
Music By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the new comedy, Hit & Run, Dax Shepard is Charlie Bronson, a former getaway driver who has been living a peaceful life in a small town until his girlfriend Annie (Kristen Bell) needs to get to Los Angeles. Dax offers her to help her, putting his Witness Protection Identity in jeopardy. Along the way, Dax reveals his former life to Annie after they run into his old partner, Alex (Bradley Cooper) and the trouble his presence brings. Now, Dax and Annie find themselves on the run from Alex, a Federal Marshall (Tom Arnold) and a bunch of misfit thugs.
The soundtrack of Hit & Run features music by various artists including Lou Rawls, Peter Townshend, Glitter Ball, Kool and the Gang and more. The music is mostly a mix of older R&B, disco and pop, featuring such well-known songs as You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, Summer Madness, Pure Imagination, Let It Whip, Knocking on Heaven’s Door and Let My Love Open the Door.
For the most part, the Hit & Run Soundtrack is a lot of fun, especially for folks who grew up with a lot of these songs. I found myself singing along with Let It Whip, Knocking on Heaven’s Door and Let My Love Open the Door. Unfortunately, the powers that be did not always choose the best versions of the certain songs on this album. The version of You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine by Glitter Ball is good, but a poor second to the one by Lou Rawls. Now, when you have another song on the album by Lou Rawls, how hard would it have been to get his version of You’ll Never Find for this album? I also disliked the disco track Fever, which sounded like a mix of You Give Me Fever and some other disco track.
Other than those lame tracks, I think the Hit & Run Soundtrack perfectly reflects the fun, comedic action style of the movie. It also makes for a great standalone album – a whole lot of fun for anyone who lived through the generation the collection comes from and anyone who can appreciate music from that time. I loved the way the soundtrack ends with the quirky, all’s-well-that-ends-well track Let My Love Open the Door. A great addition to anyone’s CD or mp3 collection.