Alabama, “The Star-Spangled Banner”
I think renditions of the national anthem are sort of like Christmas albums. They’re hard to review on the merits. Generally, I tend to like Christmas albums by the same people who make my favorite regular albums. As far as “The Star-Spangled Banner” is concerned, I like the Super Bowl performances of Whitney Houston and Dixie Chicks.
To my ears, Alabama’s take sounds listless. I kept waiting for the harmonies to soar but they stayed stuck in neutral all the way to the end. That said, I don’t see much of a need to slap a grade on this one. Check it out if they’re one of your favorite groups. I’ll throw in links to the other two versions I love since I referenced them.
Listen: The Star-Spangled Banner (Alabama)
Listen: The Star-Spangled Banner (Dixie Chicks)
Watch: The Star-Spangled Banner (Dixie Chicks)
Buy: The Star-Spangled Banner (Whitney Houston)
Watch: The Star-Spangled Banner (Whitney Houston)