Monday, June 21, 2010
Sometimes soundtracks stand alone, they weave tales and tell stories of places and times even without the listener even having watched the film (i.e. The Graduate). The Sex and the City 2 Soundtrack is not one of those albums. From the very first track on the album (Alicia Key's cover of Blondie's "Rapture"), you feel as if you're missing something incredibly important by not having watched the film. As Alicia Keys raps alongside Debbie Harry's lyrics, telling the tale of the SATC girls, I can't help but feel, well, completely lost. I guess this is the point where I admit that I've never really watched Sex in the City (I don't have cable TV). I didn't watch the first film and clearly haven't seen the second. But I suppose if there was ever a reason to watch a film, it would be the current state of confusion and feelings of total inadequacy I'm experiencing while reviewing this album...
After the first listen, I was strangely reminded of the South Park Soundtrack. Much in the way "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" makes no sense out of context, so Liza Minelli covering Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)", the existence of a "Sex and The City Men's Choir" and the SATC girls singing a karaoke version of "I Am Woman". For those that have seen and enjoyed the film, this is likely to be a fun mix of sing-along friendly songs that are a little outside the norm and a little more daring than most soundtracks.
While the odd songs choices make up a good portion of the soundtrack, the core of the sountrack is primarily R&B with Erykah Badu, Cee Lo, Jennifer Hudson and Leona Lewis contributing to the album. These tracks are a little more lowkey and less energetic than I would have expected, but have been well thought out for the target demographic of the franchise. The songs are very radio friendly with they keystone inclusion of "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down".
The SATC2 Soundtrack is available now from Amazon.com and other retailers.
**I was provided with a SATC2 Sountrack promotional CD courtesy of One2One Network for review purposes only and allowed to post my thoughts at my discretion. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed here are mine.**