Sounds like … several of the biggest names in Christian pop and rock, offering songs inspired by the beloved fantasy novel from C.S. Lewis, soon to become a major motion picture.

At a glance … the artists do not disappoint musically, offering songs in step with their styles and best-known material, but half of the contributors fail to specifically evoke the book/film that supposedly inspired them.

Remember when movies typically generated soundtrack albums, either the original score or a collection of songs featured in the film? Nowadays "inspired by" albums seem more the norm, offering songs thematically related to the film, though not necessarily in it. And since this particular film doesn't even release until December 2005, it generally means the contributing artists wrote and recorded their material several months in advance without having seen the final production. But the Christian music industry is even keener on the concept of albums inspired by best-selling novels, and this particular book is imaginative and beloved enough to inspire any songwriter.

So while Music Inspired by The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe certainly looks like a movie soundtrack, it's really a collection of songs inspired by the C.S. Lewis classic, designed to market the much-anticipated film adaptation to Christian audiences. Emphasis on the word "market," but that shouldn't automatically deem an album as "bad." Look at this project as a good excuse to release an album of all-new material from 11 of Christian music's most popular recording artists—and truth be told, there isn't a bad track on it.

However, the project could fall short depending on your definition of "inspired by." If this album was a class assignment in which ...

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Music Inspired by The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
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Release Date
September 27, 2005
EMI CMG Label Group
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