The Next Best Thing Soundtrack
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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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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...
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".
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.Read more ›
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Needed this for my Madonna CD collection. CD is fab and plays perfect. It arrived in time, undamaged. ThanksPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
madonna is the reason i bought this,im a huge fan but the rest of the record is good too. Madonna produced it so her taste is all over it and i would advise madonna fans to buy... Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2011 by madfan
If you've been drawn to this album by the incredible production of William Orbit on Beautiful Stranger.... Then two surprises lie in store. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2000
I bought this for the Moby and Groove Armada tracks, but the more I listen (It's on repeat! ) the more "BOOM BOOM BA" by Metisse jumps off this album. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2000