Hannah Montana: The Movie

Hannah Montana: The Movie

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"Livin' two lives is a little weird," sings Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana on her signature track, "The Best of Both Worlds." Hannah Montana: The Movie and its soundtrack try to present the best of many worlds -- pop and country, California and Tennessee, Disney and non-Disney artists -- and it's also a little weird. Given the huge success of the TV series and the concert movie, it was inevitable that there would be a big-screen Hannah Montana story, but it's almost uncanny how the movie's storyline, which involves Hannah having to choose between pop stardom and her "real" life as regular country girl Miley Stewart, echoes Disney's efforts to separate Cyrus' stardom from Montana's. This tug of war of personas also shows up in the movie's music: originally, Montana's music was based on the pop of past Disney queens like Britney and Christina (with a smidgen of Avril Lavigne), but songs like "Let's Get Crazy," which makes a beat from paparazzi flashbulbs, and "The Good Life," a sugar-coated celebration of Gucci handbags and Prada shoes, sound more like fizzy caricatures of pop songs than ever. Tellingly, the best songs that Cyrus sings on the soundtrack have her own name on them -- aside from the goofy "Hoedown Throwdown," which feels more like a parody of down-home fun than a tribute to it. Cyrus' husky twang sounds far more natural, more down to earth and grown-up, on songs like "Don't Walk Away," "Dream," and "The Climb," all of which recall the Shania Twain-lite of her debut album, Breakout. This Nashville feel dominates on Hannah Montana: The Movie, from "Butterfly Fly Away," a treacly duet between Miley and her dad Billy Ray, to the inclusion of songs from country stars in an attempt to add more authenticity to Hannah's sometimes suffocating world. Billy Ray's "Back to Tennessee" fits in smoothly with an acoustic version of Rascal Flatts' witty "Backwards" (although their "Bless the Broken Road" drags). However, the best song on Hannah Montana: The Movie belongs to Taylor Swift. Her "Crazier" is more genuine, more effortless, than any of Miley or Hannah's tracks, which is all the more interesting considering that Swift is, in a lot of ways, what Hannah Montana was aiming for in the first place: a massive teen star with country roots and pop polish who seems comfortable in, and delivers the best of, both of those worlds. The soundtrack's segmented track list adds to its strangeness; after so many songs about going back home and getting back to roots, it's a little disorienting to return to Hannah's glitzy world with "Let's Do This" and "Spotlight." At just over an hour long, Hannah Montana: The Movie provides devoted Hannah/Miley fans with plenty of music for their money, but anyone else will find it exhausting.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2009
Label: Walt Disney Records
UPC: 0050087133764
catalogNumber: 000310102
Rank: 4371


  1. You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home
  2. Let's Get Crazy
  3. The Good Life
  4. Everything I Want
  5. Don't Walk Away
  6. Hoedown Throwdown
  7. Dream
  8. The Climb
  9. Butterfly Fly Away
  10. Backwards
  11. Back to Tennessee
  12. Crazier
  13. Bless the Broken Road
  14. Let's Do This
  15. Spotlight
  16. Game Over
  17. What's Not to Like
  18. The Best of Both Worlds: The 2009 Movie Mix
  19. [CD-Rom Track]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hannah Montana   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Billy Ray Cyrus   Composer
Robbie Nevil   Composer
Matthew Wilder   Composer
Tim Owens   Composer
Robert Ellis Orrall   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer
Bridget Benenate   Composer
Scott Campbell   Engineer
Nigel Clark   Composer
Scott Cutler   Composer,Producer
Derek George   Composer
Matthew Gerrard   Composer,Producer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Jeff Hanna   Composer
Dann Huff   Producer
Marcus Hummon   Composer
Gavin MacKillop   Engineer
Alan Silvestri   Composer
Mark Bright   Producer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Nikki Hassman   Composer,Vocal Producer
Colleen Fitzpatrick   Composer
John Shanks   Composer,Producer
Peter Chelsom   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Anne Preven   Composer,Producer
Dave Derby   Composer
Michael Kotch   Composer
Adam Anders   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Alana Da Fonseca   Producer
Russ "Russwell" Long   Engineer
Kaylin Frank   Composer
Desirée Craig-Ramos   Soundtrack Director
Glen Lajeski   Composer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Ali Theodore   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Chad Carlson   Engineer
Alfred Gough   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Tony Mullins   Composer
Taylor Swift   Composer,Producer
Miley Cyrus   Composer
Nathan Chapman   Producer
Jason Gleed   Producer
Steve Rushton   Composer,Producer
Monica Zierhut   Producer
Jon Mabe   Composer

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