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Original Soundtrack-Notting Hill [Import Bonus Tracks]

Original Soundtrack

Notting Hill [Import Bonus Tracks]

Format: CD   Release Date: 05/02/2002
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    Track Title

    Time

  1. She
  2. You've Got a Way [Notting Hill Mix]
  3. I Do (Cherish You)
  4. Ain't No Sunshine
  5. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?
  6. In Our Lifetime
  7. Gimme Some Lovin'
  8. When You Say Nothing at All
  9. Ain't No Sunshine
  10. From the Heart
  11. Everything About You
  12. Will and Anna
  13. Notting Hill
  14. Born to Cry
  15. Filth And Dreams

The soundtrack to the Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant romantic comedy Notting Hill is every bit as consciously classy as the film it supports. If it isn't as ingratiating, that's because it's significantly harder to offer a twist on a formulaic soundtrack album than on a formulaic movie. With a film, little details, supporting characters, and subtle, interesting visuals give the movie identity within a formula. Unfortunately, a soundtrack remains a collection of oldies, newer songs, and score excerpts, no matter how much you shake it up, and that's the case here. Much of this is quite enjoyable -- it's hard to go wrong with such pop classics as Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," Al Green's "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," and Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'" providing the foundation. If the newer songs aren't quite up to par -- Elvis Costello's "She" is nearly as appealingly lush as his Bacharach collaboration, but his quavering vibrato undercuts it somewhat, and sadly, Boyzone's "No Matter What" is not a Badfinger cover -- they're all still pretty good, especially 98 Degrees' "I Do (Cherish You)," and Shania Twain's "You've Got a Way," which is presented in a nice remix. If the score excerpts don't add much, it's OK, because that's usually the case with these kinds of soundtracks. What counts is the mix of oldies with new songs, and this time around, it's pretty enjoyable, even if it doesn't have the charming character of the film itself. [The import edition includes bonus tracks.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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