Tin Cup: Music From the Motion Picture


Sony, 1996

REVIEW BY: Duke Egbert


Let's get something straight right at the outset: I don't like soundtracks. I think they're a cheap way for artists to dump off B-singles and lousy outtakes, and the phrase "music inspired by" is enough to make me want to shoot something. (Music related to a movie should be IN a movie). Also, some of the most skull-splitting painfully overplayed songs in human history have been from soundtracks -- you know what I mean. "Let's Hear It For The Boy". That damn Titanic song. Anything from most Disney flicks. Soundtracks are Pop Music Hell at their worst.

Guess what? I my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 like this soundtrack. I like this soundtrack a lot . It's a lot of fun. It's good party music if you like your parties Texas-barbecued. Even better, the music goes with the movie, which I like as well; it's no Schindler's List, but Tin Cup is a fun little flick. (It also proves Costner's Law -- certain actors are only good in genre pictures. Kevin Costner in a sports movie? Fun. Kevin Costner in anything else? Bad.)

The movie has Rene Russo, too. Rene Russo is beautiful. This helps. The soundtrack has Amanda Marshall. Amanda Marshall rocks out. This helps immensely. Her "This Could Take All Night" is the best thing on the CD, but not by much, which is astonishing in and of itself. (Oh, by the way, check out our review of Marshall's Tuesday's Child, the best rock album of 1999. This has been a Shameless Plug).

Marshall may be the highlight, but there's a lot of other tasty stuff on here. The Texas Tornados' "Little Bit Is Better Than Nada" is a fun Latin/country romp. Jimmie Vaughan's "Good Lookin' Woman" and Joe Ely's "Character Flaw" are both good big slices of blues/country rock. Bruce Hornsby's "Big Stick" is Zydeco, good enough to make you want to suck the heads. (Relax, I mean crawfish. Some people.)

James House's "Every Minute, Every Hour, Every Day" is some damn fine roadhouse blues. "Crapped Out Again" has convinced me I must own everything Keb' Mo' has ever put out. (Yes, he's really that good). And heck, I even liked George Jones and Patty Loveless. Any CD that makes me like a George Jones song must be doing something right.

About the only thing on here that left me cold was Chris Isaak's "I Wonder" -- however, that's probably because I can't stand Isaak. Programmable CD players are, however, a major technological innovation of the 20th century, and easily applied to this situation.

My advice is this: head on down to San Marcos and get a look at Ralph the Diving Pig. On the way, drop the top, crank the stereo, and slide Tin Cup in. It's a soundtrack eagle, at least.

Rating: A

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