Some soundtracks strive to stand alone on their own creative merits, but most don't.
Some soundtracks strive to stand alone on their own creative merits, but most don't. I Am Sam is that rare treat: an album of music that listeners will want to experience again and again, regardless of the film. The set offers 17 golden pages from the Beatles songbook of classics, performed lovingly by acts that include Sheryl Crow ("Mother Nature's Son"), Sarah McLachlan ("Blackbird"), and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder ("You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"), among others. The match of song with act is perfect, adding luster to a collection destined to earn praise from even the toughest critic—not to mention those who are still mourning the untimely loss of George Harrison. To that end, I Am Sam is an unwitting yet completely appropriate tribute to the musician's contribution to the history of music.—LF