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A brilliant soundtrack for a brilliant movie,
By A Customer
This review is from: Bridget Jones's Diary (Audio CD)
One of the most impressive things about the comic masterpiece that is Bridget Jones's Diary, for me, is the great soundtrack. Often, film's soundtracks can be unnoticeable or completely ill fitting to the scene. Bridget Jones's one was neither of these, and is a very good compilation album, featuring old favourites, new ones and combinations of both - re-workings of classics.
Within the film itself, each song fitted admirably with the scene it accompanied, complimenting the emotions on display extremely well. Practically the first song to hit you upon seeing the movie is the old weepie 'All By Myself', sung by an unknown voice to me - Jamie O' Neal, whose voice is powerful and displays the raw emotion associated with the record.
Singleton favourites 'Respect' by Aretha Franklin (which was most impressive when forming the backdrop for Daniel Cleaver's humiliation in the movie) and Chaka Khan's 'I'm Every Woman' also make their way onto the soundtrack and are little masterpieces in their own right and need little description.
The brilliantly bouncy 'Don't Get Me Wrong' and the 'fantastic, bombastic, ecstatic' Woman Trouble went along with their scenes particularly well, and are bound to have you tapping your fingers within moments.
The other original songs that make the soundtrack are the classics 'Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)' and 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You' (altogether now, 'I love you baby...') ensure that the originals are still the best.
Meanwhile, there are a number of impressive covers, such as Jamie O' Neal's rousing interpretation of 'All By Myself', the fantastically over-the top Geri Halliwell number 'It's Raining Men' (which accompanied the hilarious fight scene very well), Dina Carroll's soulful re-working of 'Someone Like You'.
The film itself was brought out with a bang, courtesy of Robbie Williams' display of his amazing voice on 'Have You Met Miss Jones?' Mr. Williams also has an entirely new song on the album too - 'Not Of This Earth', which is fresh and funky and gives him a further chance to display his vocal talent.
Gabrielle needs little introduction and her song, the lead single from the album, is a soulful R n' B track, which gives a showcase to the singer's wonderful voice. In fact, 'Out Of Reach' is the song that accompanied some of the more emotional moments in the movie and stands out in both the movie and the soundtrack.
Shelby Lynne, a little heard of artist in Britain, impresses with her two songs 'Killin' Kind' and the chilled-out 'Dreamsome', whilst Rosey's fresh and funky song 'Love' is also notable. Both these artists display unusual and great voices.
Alisha's Attic, a band that have unfortunately fallen on rather hard times, are incredibly good with their haunting track 'Pretender Got My Heart', displaying pure, beautiful voices, reminiscent of the great Kate Bush. Aaron Soul's 'Ring, Ring, Ring' is another upbeat track, which will probably have you singing 'ring, ring, ring' all day long.
Patrick Doyle's orchestral number may fall flat for some wanting more of the unbeatable karaoke that the rest of the album offers, yet is undeniably good, whilst the only song that did not work for me was Sheryl Crow's (undoubtedly one of the greater talents this decade has unearthed) 'Kiss That Girl'.
This soundtrack is a compliment to the movie. In other words, it's brilliant. Ignore the increasingly bland 'Now' collections and opt for this fantastic compilation of songs, which offers slow smoochies, girl power tracks, karaoke favourites, finger-tapping songs and fresh talent. This album is excellent and is a credit to Bridget Jones's Diary that one of the best compilation albums, let alone film soundtracks, has been produced.