The movie Sweet Home Alabama was, well, sweet, in my opinion. I am sure it fits the bill for the quintissential “chic flic.” Whatever that means.

This romantic comedy starring Reece Witherspoon, Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey is a tale of the clash between the chic the provincial, as well as the clash between the main characters, “Felony Melanie” and Jake. The references to living in a small, rural town are hilarious.

A great part of the 2002 movie is the soundtrack. It features Jewel’s alternative version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama. Her song is crisp, pitch on with great base. It is refreshing, really.

Jewel’s voice is amazing. Sultry. Pure. She sings the song like she owns it. In the refrain near the end there is a nice modulation that adds even more flavor to the song. It is nice to hear a woman’s take on Skynyrd’s version. Listen to how she phrases “governor.” Oooh, oooh, oooh.

Worth mentioning is “Marry Me” sung by Dolly Parton, another song from the soundtrack. The sound is full, energetic and definitely country. The banjo is sweeeeeet! I wonder if Dolly thinks a southern man don’t need Neil around anyhow.

Sweet home Alabama. Where the skies are so blue.