For what is essentially a gag soundtrack to a comedy flick, Walk Hard’s executive producers Judd Apatow, Jake Kasdan and John C. Reilly, who doubles as the film’s versatile singer, Dewey Cox, took the recording of the music very seriously. They hired ringers like Marshall Crenshaw, Dan Bern, Mike Viola (of the Candy Butchers) and Van Dyke Parks to co-write the parody tunes and used seven different studios to cut the songs and three others to mix them.
Consequently, all the songs are very well crafted and work on a number of levels, so Reilly, with his limited ability as a song stylist, has no trouble getting across who’s being sent up in each number.
Bob Dylan gets ripped with aplomb on Royal Jelly, contributed by Bern, but, then, our man Dan has made a career out of aping His Bobness. It’s certainly good for a laugh, but whether you’ll ever feel the need to play it a second time is another story.