Footloose was a throwback to '50s rock & roll movies, with a silly plot about a town where it was illegal to dance. It was a major hit, as was its soundtrack, which spent a grand total of ten weeks at number one and sold over seven million copies. It's easy to see why -- the album delivers its mainstream pop, anthemic rock, and light dance-pop with style and an abundance of hooks. Six of the nine tracks became Top 40 hits, and three -- Kenny Loggins
' bouncy title song, the excellent power ballad "Almost Paradise" (a duet between Loverboy
's Mike Reno
's Ann Wilson
), and Deniece Williams
' frothy, charming "Let's Hear It for the Boy" -- shot into the Top Ten. The sound and production of Footloose
has dated badly -- there is a reliance on synthesizers and drum machines that instantly announces that the record was made in 1984 -- but that isn't necessarily a weakness. Not only does it function as a time capsule of a certain moment in pop music history, but many of the songs are catchy enough to transcend their production. There's nothing of substance on the Footloose
soundtrack, but it's a light, entertaining listen. Sometimes, that can be better than something substantial.