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The Next Best Thing Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (21 Feb. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Maverick
  • ASIN: B00004D3HR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Boom Boom Ba - Metisse
  2. Bong Bong - Manu Chao
  3. Don't Make Me Love You - Christina Aguilera
  4. American Pie - Madonna
  5. This Life - Mandalay
  6. If Everybody Looked The Same - Groove Armada
  7. you are done.Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad - Moby
  8. I'm Not In Love - Olive
  9. Stars All Seem To Weep - Beth Orton
  10. Time Stood Still - Madonna
  11. Swayambhu - Solar Twins
  12. Forever and Always - Gabriel Yared

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Although it will go down in history as a Madonna film soundtrack, featuring two exclusive tracks from Maddie herself, there is much more to The Next Best Thing than just William Orbit's best mate. In fact, there is a marvellous mixture of up-tempo poppy numbers, like Christina Aguilera's "Don't Make Me Love You" and the excellent Groove Armada's "If Everybody Looked The Same", chilled laid-back tracks like Mandalay's fragile wavering "This Life" and Beth Orton's "Stars All Seem To Weep" and some exotic world beats from Metisse ("Boom Boom Ba") and Manu Chao ("Bong Bong"). The ubiquitous Moby even puts in an appearance with another track culled from his Play album--the essential ingredient for any compilation wanting to take itself seriously in 2000. The weakest tracks on the album are the two cover versions: Olive's "I'm Not In Love"--which fails in its attempt to cross 10CC's classic with Olive's one-hit-wonder "You're Not Alone"--and Madonna's "American Pie"--which suffers from comparison with 1999's Madonna/Orbit moment of soundtrack genius "Beautiful Stranger". However, Madonna fans will not be disappointed as there is a genuine gem in the shape of "Time Stood Still"--all sweeping strings, acoustic guitars and a luscious vocal from La Ciccone. Just don't judge the whole album on the strength of "American Pie". --Helen Marquis

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By A Customer on 4 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I usually buy records only after knowing (and enjoying) some of the songs. But I bought this one because of Madonna's Time Stood Still. I wonder why she didn't release this song as a single. It's far better than American Pie, which is just ok. It's one of her best recent ballads and I really get sad when I realize nobody knows it. The big surprise comes with the other artists: Metisse, Mandalay, Moby and Beth Orton are excellent. As you can see, my opinion is very similar to the people that reviewed the album. Buy it even if you're not a Madonna fan. And if you are, be sure that you'll discover some very good stuff.
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This is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful soundtracks I have ever purchased. As the film was largely overlooked, many people may ignore this album.
Produced by Madonna herself, you of course get a couple of exclusive tracks. The cover 'American Pie' (yes - she received a lot of stick for covering this, but listen to the original, and then listen to Madonnas again - hers is so much more beautiful and concise),the AMAZING (this SO should have been a single) 'Time Stood Still', without a doubt one of Madonnas most beautiful moments.
As for the other artists - Mandalay, Groove Armada, Moby and Beth Orton all supply stand out tracks, helping to create an atmospheric and chilled soundtrack.
A must for music lovers...
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I am sure I was the first one to have bought the soundtrack before anyone had as I had bought it even before American Pie was released as a single. Anyway, I bought the record mainly because of Madonna and thought that the other tracks would be crap as I am not such big fan of the likes of Moby, Groove Armada and Beth Orton.But I found that it is after all a fab record. Moby is great, you will find out why Beth Orton won the Brit Award for Best Female,the song by Mandalay is also great although she sound like Ms Ciccone herself.Metisse's and Manu Chao's songs need to get use to but in the end you will find that their songs are gems!Although this may sound like a bias, the best track has to be either Time Stood Still or American Pie (I know there was a national debate of either Madonna had made a grave mistake in covering the song or she had done one better-in which I agree in the latter).I mean even Mr. McLean gave it a thumbs up...
Christina Aguilera has a great vocal but the song that she sang in this soundtrack is crap! Madonna should have chosen a better song from her if she had wanted her to be in the soundtrack.The rest of the album is absolutely fabulous and check out the instrumental by Gabriel Yared-the person who did the English Patient OST which I thought was fabulous.
Anyway, the soundtrack is great, much better than The Beach soundtrack and as one reviewer said, "Even if the movie is critically stink, the record is absolutely not one and it should be regarded as one of the best soundtrack record of the year".
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I don't know how many others, who bought this CD, got it for Madonna's version of American Pie - I certainly did and it's pretty good, though not as good as Don McClean's original, of course.

So, what else do you get? Firstly, I thought the film pretty rubbish, so it's not because I want to be reminded of that. However, taken as a compilation of tracks, there's some good ones - and a few superb ones.

Moby's 'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad' certainly falls into that but everybody's got his original album with it on, haven't they?! For me, Manderlay's utterly hypnotic 'This Life' gets 10/10, as does Beth Orton's more familiar 'Stars All Seem To Weep'. Both beautiful and universal, you don't have to like a particular genre to enjoy these.

Even the opening two tracks 'Boom Boom Ba' and 'Bongo Bong', with their awkwardly funny titles actually sound OK. Being old enough to remember 10cc's original of 'I'm Not In Love', I also really liked Olive's synthed-up version, here.

The only track that I would skip is Christine Aguilera's 'Don't Make Me Love You'. This one brings my score down by a star, I'm afraid. Madonna's second entry here (Time Stood Still) is what she does best - mellow and silky vocals that swoop and swirl around a good song, one that actually sounds very end-credit film-like. She was album executive producer and starred in the movie, so it's not surprising she wanted to sing too (which she should have stuck to...)

Groove Armada's funkily upbeat 'If Everybody Looked the Same' was a track that I previously disliked. I enjoyed it this time, maybe because I'm playing all the tracks (to review) rather than just pick ones I thought I preferred.
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By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2000
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The suprise track on this album, is BOOM BOOM BA by METISSE, It takes a while to get into, but after a few listens, it outstrips the other tracks on this album by miles. That is not to say the rest is bad, No way! after all, we are talking about MOBY, GROVE ARMADA, OLIVE and yes ...............MADONNA.
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Madonna had complete control over this soundtrack, she chose all the tracks and who sang them. I bought it for the tracks time stood still and american pie. American pie hit #1 in the uk singles chart and proved the critics wrong. The rest of the album is fine and a real mixed bag. The booklet has madonna on the front(always a bonus) and is nicly done.The Next Best Thing [DVD] [2000]
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