Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sex and the City 2 Soundtrack

I keep hearing everyone talk about the upcoming Sex and the City 2 Soundtrack. The local radio stations have been doing Girls Night Out giveaways. Some of my friends at work are planning an evening out to watch the movie.

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The Sex and the City 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on Tuesday and the movie is opening in theaters tomorrow.

1. Alicia Keys “Rapture”
2. Dido “Everything to Lose”
3. Cee Lo “Language of Love”
4. Erykah Badu “Window Seat”
5. Natacha Atlas “Kidda”
6. Michael McGregor “Euphrates Dream”
7. Liza Minnelli “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
8. Ricki-Lee "Can't Touch It"
9. Alicia Keys "Emire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down"
10. Jennifer Hudson and Leona Lewis "Love Is Your Color"
11. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon “I Am Woman”
12. Sex and the City Men’s Choir “If Ever I Would Leave You”
13. Sex and the City Men’s Choir “Sunrise, Sunset”
14. Sex and the City Men’s Choir “Till There Was You”
15. Shayna Steele, Jordan Ballard, Kamilah Marshall “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”
16. Liza Minnelli with Billy Stritch “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”
17. Cyndi Lauper “True Colors”
18. Aaron Zigman “Divas and Dunes”

Some notes about the soundtrack:
  • The soundtrack features a brand-new duet "Love is Your Color" by Grammy and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Hudson, along with global superstar, multi-platinum recording artist and three-time Grammy Award nominee Leona Lewis.

  • Soundtrack includes a new song by platinum-selling CeeLo and International superstar Dido also contributes an exclusive new track.

  • Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe, Tony and Academy Award® winner Liza Minnelli covers Beyonce’s chart-topper “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

  • 12-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys performs her own extraordinary new version of the Blondie classic “Rapture”.

  • The soundtrack also features the stars of Sex and the City 2, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, performing the Helen Reddy classic “I Am Woman.”

    Overall, I like the CD. There is definitely a unique collection of songs on the soundtrack. Even if you had never seen a preview or a picture from the movie and only had listened to the soundtrack, it seems pretty obvious that the soundtrack is for a movie that is set in a desert. There is just something about the tone of the music that suggests this. The biggest problem I have is that with some of these songs, until you see the movie, they just feel off (like Liza Minelli's "Single Ladies" - that is the problem with other people singing songs you are familiar with in ways that are different from the original. Listening to the soundtrack makes me curious to see the movie. (I have to confess that I have never seen a single episode of the television show nor have I seen the first movie - perhaps I would be best to start at least with the first movie before seeing this one?)

    I like how the commentary in the liner notes talks about how the movie deals with who they were, who they are and who they will become in the future, and how the evolution of music plays a role in each of our own personal evolutions, as an explanation for the span of music that is on the soundtrack - past, present and new.

    I think my favorite song is the new "Love is Your Color", not sure what specifically makes it my favorite, I just like its sound. Of course, the classic Cyndi Lauper "True Colors" is a song that I already know and love. (It reminds me of college - it was among a number of songs we put on a mix our freshman year.) I was disappointed with Liza Minelli's rendition of "Single Ladies" (as mentioned above) - but again, in the context of the movie, this version might make perfect sense, so I won't completely dismiss it until I have seen the movie. The version of "I Am Woman" sung by the four characters is fun and you can visualize them together sharing in this song (I imagine it is what they are singing in this Karaoke picture from the soundtrack liner.)

    You can listen to a selection of the songs from the soundtrack on the Facebook page for Sex and the City 2 (soundtrack tab). You can purchase a copy of the album here.

    No compensation was received for this post. As a participant in this One2One campaign, I received the soundtrack to listen to and share my opinions.