The Sandra Bullock tear-jerker is about love, betrayal and survival, so naturally the overriding tone of the music is, "There, there, now--buck up, kid." Fortunately, the main theme that bookends the album is a good one: Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love," sung first (and with touching understatement) by Garth Brooks, then Trisha Yearwood. The Rolling Stones and Whiskeytown add some welcome muscle to counterbalance the relentless empathy.
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