Various Artists - The Prince of Egypt
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The Prince of Egypt (DreamWorks Nashville, 1998)

Various Artists

Reviewed by Jon Weisberger

A collection of songs "inspired by" Dreamworks' full-length animated feature of the same name about Moses, this album has "Nashville" splashed on the front cover, but that's about as close as it comes to country music. What's offered here is, rather, more than an hour of glossy, vaguely inspirational songs from an all-star set of artists.

That's not to say that the album has no strengths or, more precisely, strong tracks. Alison Krauss' "I Give You To His Heart" is a winner, and so, in different ways, are contributions from Reba ("Please Be The One"), Vince Gill ("Once In A While"), and Pam Tillis ("Milk And Honey") , but Randy Travis' rich baritone can't save his duet with Linda Davis ("Make It Through"), and most of the rest is even worse.

There's a lot of talent here, but it's mostly wasted on bloated, bombastic arrangements of songs that fall into the gap between a set of soundtrack songs and a gospel collection.

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