Burlesque is probably the most anticipated movie musical of the year, serving as Christina Aguilera's first starrer and the comeback of legend Cher. Judging from the sequined and flamboyant trailer, Burlesque is a firecracker. The soundtrack is an event in itself containing 10 new recordings, 2 from Cher (her first after 7-year musical hiatus), and 8 from Christina - diva overload.
The 2 Cher tracks are stellar - 'Welcome to Burlesque' sets the tone for the whole movie, swinging, curious and transports the listener to another world - in of course, a Burlesque lounge. 'You Haven't Seen the Last of Me' is a Dianne Warren written power ballad, in which Cher's voice resonates to the gut, emotional and powerful. While the soundtrack houses 2 new Cher tracks, the ultimate star of the set is still Christina Aguilera.
While Christina's signature pipes were somewhat stifled in 'Bionic', they are displayed here to full effect, from the first electrifying bars of 'Something's Got A Hold On Me' and the stomp of 'Tough Lover'-make no mistake - Aguilera is here to stay despite her Bionic setback. 'Express', the main plug of the movie is energetic, grand and urgent, 'Show Me How You Burlesque' with its toe-tapping jive and tongue twisting lyrics could easily fit in Christina's 2006 album Back to Basics, 'Bound To You' is a classic torch song which only Christina could deliver. Closer 'The Beautiful People' curiously samples Marilyn Manson's song of the same name, loud, pretentious and infectious and could have found itself a place in Bionic.
Overall, the soundtrack is indeed an essential companion to the Burlesque movie, if not the driving force of the movie, as the 2 divas pour their heart out in this 10-track collection - well done to the whole Burlesque camp.