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4. I See the Light (Tangled)
Missing: any song from Burlesque
I’ve never cared much for country music. I can’t ever seem to get past the nasal twang that overwhelms most of it; and so, admittedly, I miss some of the greatest musical storytelling there is, and some of the most startlingly emotionally honest lyrics out there. Unfortunately, unlike last year’s perfect “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart, Country Strong‘s Coming Home is, well, just not that strong. Considering there were no less than four folks writing it, you’d think we’d get better lyrics than “It’s an alter, it’s a shelter / One place you’re always welcome /a pink flamingo, double wide / One bedroom in a high rise.” But it’s the only nominee from a film about music — never mind that the year’s sole live-action movie musical didn’t receive nary a nod here (c’mon, it’s Cher: how did a Burlesque song not get nominated?) — and considering this year’s competition, that seems to be all it’ll take to grab that gold guy.
If I Rise from 127 Hours is quintessential A.R. Rahman, but a little too “easy-listening” to garner much attention (it’s no “Jai-Ho”). We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 is like every other Randy-Newman-Disney-animated-feature song — cute and catchy, but not terribly exciting. However, it is more exciting than the other Disney offering on hand here: I See the Light from Tangled is a generic — ok, let’s face it, bland — ballad that tries its best to twinkle, but like the rest of the film, falls short of being truly magical. Alan Menken — The Little Mermaid, Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc — what happened?
As much as it hurts my musical-lovin’-heart to say it…. Country Strong is going to take home an Oscar.