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CD Review: Mr. and Mrs. Smith Soundtrack

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To be honest, I haven’t actually seen the movie yet but I do have the CD. My first comment would be that if my wife were to overhear my listen to it, she’d say “It’s better than the crap you usually listen to”, and she’d probably be right. (Either techno/dance or celtic/bagpipe music pretty much).

The CD consists of love and anti-love songs, per the theme of the movie (happy married couple of two contract killers who then have to fight each other because one was contracted to off the other. Moral of the story, before you except your next contract killing job, take a look at a photo first). The songs are all older that most everyone is likely to recognize (who can forget “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling” of Top Gun fame) and puts them into a one-stop listening collection.

The songs flow together nicely and compliment what it seems they were trying to accomplish. The songs chosen have all had staying power and while you might not here them on the radio anymore, I enoyed them at least.

All in all it’s a nice light CD if you are looking for some good love songs… or for some good anti-love songs. You can use it no matter which side you fall on Valentine’s day.

Contents:

1. Love Stinks – The J. Geils Band
2. Nothin’ But a Good Time – Poison
3. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
4. Baby, Baby – Alana D
5. Express Yourself (Mocean Worker Remix) – Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
6. Mondo Bongo – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
7. Lay Lady Lay – Magnet featuring Gemma Hayes
8. I’ll Melt With You – Nouvelle Vague
9. Nobody Does It Better – 8mm
10. Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love – Pink Martini
11. Assassin’s Tango – John Powell
12. Used to Love Her (But I Had To Kill Her) – Voodoo Glow Skulls
13. You Are My Sunshine – Stine J.
14. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – Righteous Brothers
15. Making Love Out of Nothing at All – Air Supply
16. You Give Love a Bad Name – Atreyu
17. Love Will Keep Us Together – Captain & Tennille

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  • HW Saxton

    What kind of music? Soul,Pop,Rock,Reggae
    or what? From what time period? Who are
    some of the artists involved? How do the
    songs tie into the movie? Wait,since you
    haven’t seen the flick you can’t answer
    any of those can ya? Lame,lame,lame…

    This is an extremely uninformative,vapid
    and poorly thought out review,Bambanek.
    Can’t wait for your reviews of movies
    that you’ve never seen and of books that
    you have never read.WTF were ya thinkin’
    man?

  • http://xraystyle.blogspot.com Bryan McKay

    HW, can you PLEASE stop using hard returns in your comments. It looks like shit.

    With that out of the way, however, I wholeheartedly agree. This seems like a rather half-assed attempt at a review, John. I think you can do better.

  • HW Saxton

    Bryan, relax if at all possible OK? It’s no big deal really is it?

  • http://jcb.pentex-net.com John Bambenek

    How is not seeing the movie related to reviewing the CD? Seriously.

    It was my first time, thanks for the flames. You’ve made me realize once again why I filter comment notification e-mails into the trash.

  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    John,

    A soundtrack for a film is meaningful only in context of the scenes where the songs are the backdrop, or at least it used to be that way with films, and still is with Bollywood films. In this regard, a film soundtrack may derive more meaning/significance if the reviewer has seen the film.

    A listing of the contributing bands, etc. might have helped

  • Janet

    Hi, I do not see a song list and cannot tell whether this is worth buying. I could go to amazon, but then why come here?

    Please do not consider these flames, but if you are reviewing something, it should be described in detail

  • HW Saxton

    John,While seeing the movie isn’t always
    necessary to the enjoyment of the music
    on the soundtrack,it can shed much light
    on why certain songs were used and just
    where in the film they were used and to
    what effect etc. Some scenes are told
    with background/incidental music and not
    always the dialogue proper etc.If you cannot understand this…

    That said, you have to admit that this was lacking in info making it basically,
    functionally useless as a review unless we are supposed to think “Oh Hey,Hey Hey, Bambanek likes this it must be good
    let’s buy it!” It does not matter who is
    on it or what kind of music it is but if
    Mr Bambaneck likes it, Well that’s for me.

    I mean c’mon man ya forgot about
    the other half of this review. The half with any vital info.

  • http://jcb.pentex-net.com John Bambenek

    Janet-

    That wasn’t a flame, that was constructive… will add as soon as MT is back up.

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Though this is indeed a “critics” site, I thought the initial comments were fairly harsh myself. Give the guy a chance to bone up on the details. Some people do often do things too quickly and realize later that they could have improved.

    Seeing the film is probably somewhat useful, but nowadays I really don’t think there’s much of a correlation. Tying it in to whether fans of the film might like the soundtrack is always interesting. The answer from my unscientific and not even comprehensive idea of the matter is – sometimes, but mostly not.

    The review did and does need a few more details too – especially as it’s a soundtrack which is almost always a variety of artists and music styles.

    – Temple
    — BC Music Editor

  • seilin

    just one word – perfect