on 25 April 2003
Soundtracks are generally fall into two camps these days,,ones that are filled with b sides and songs from established artists who are about to release a new album,,the others are ones that are filled with songs from unknown artists that the record company is desperate to plug.. This CD does not fall into either catogary,and is unusual in that its appeal lies right across the board,,from kids to adults who like contemporary music. This is not a bad thing but it does make for an album which is no cohesive, the songs seem to be grouped together in catogories and you get the feeling that it doesn't flow but that said, its not bad.
The opening track, good life, is a real summer stunner, sort of sheryl crow lite,, and its the first song in a group lumped together to be called 'rocky pop' the follwing song by newcomer Gavin Thorpe, is ok. Meredith Brooks makes a real barnstorming effort with Crazy. The following song,London Calling is the classic by the clash,,mercifully no one has covered this. This is followed by The Donnas, rock chick group of the moment. Two songs by singer Oliver James,, who also appears in the movie, and they aren't bad, sort of daniel beddingfield but not as good. To make sure that it sells well in Europe, Kiss Kiss by Holly Valance is included,,along with a whats your flava by Craig David,,both of these are known to the uk, and possibly the US too. This is followed by the shabby song i wanna be bad by Willa Ford, its sound is dated and similar to britney spears. Duncan Sheik contributes one of the better songs, Half Life, not known in the UK, his voice soars on this ballard, a very good song. Newcomer Erica Rivera performs Somebody Stop Me, which is ok, very much like christina milian and err, what happened to her? The other newcomer on here is Lucy Woodward,,whose sound is similar to sheryl crow, the song whats good for me is ok. The final track stands out strongly, Ride of Your Life by John Gregory, is sensational, a rocky feel good inspirational track and not disimilar to the goo goo dolls.
One of the major surprises on this CD is the production values, producers include Rive Droite, Mark Taylor et al(cher, celine dion, daniel beddingfield) Murlyn,(celine dion, ruby amanfah and Bellefire) and John Shanks,(laura pausini, Michelle Branch, and celine dion)
On the whole a reasonable CD, although you get the feeling that most of the tracks on here are just pushes to get the artists into american radioplay. It could have done with some more well known faces on it, and considering most soundtracks are a mixture of songs, this on the whole is a good attempt at a soundtrack which gels in someplaces, not all.
I gave it 4 stars, just for the opening track, good life,, and Ride of your life!
go and buy it and enjoy!