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Soundtrack to Bridget Jones : The Edge Of Reason

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Soundtracks for the sequel to a so-so hit movie do not typically inspire confidence in a music reviewer, and the soundtrack for Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason was no exception. As I was listening, my lack of enthusiasm seemed justified through the first 7 tracks. I was ‘treated’ to Pop Idol victor Will Young trying to sound like Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall on his remake of Sade’s “Your Love Is King,” Mary J. Blige vainly trying to pump energy into Elton John’s whiny “Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word,” and Robbie Williams sleepwalking through his latest “Misunderstood.” I was beginning to contemplate the soundtrack’s utility as a silver frisbee…and then things changed.

Jay-Z introduced Beyonce and her still incredibly funky “Crazy In Love” kicked off act two…an amazing mix tape devoted to the craziness of love. There were 8 tracks remaining and, excepting the orchestral theme closing the album, each one is a gem. Listening, you move from Rufus Wainwright and Dido’s stunning version of “I Eat Dinner (When the Hunger’s Gone)”, written by his mother Kate McGarrigle, to Carly Simon’s afterglow masterpiece “Nobody Does It Better” and Minnie Riperton’s amazing tribute to carnal love on “Lovin’ You.” Thrown in for good measure are “I Believe In a Thing Called Love,” the instant classic power rocker by the Darkness, 10CC’s vocal fog machine heroics on “I’m Not In Love” and an edgy, thumping reworking of “We’ll Be Together” by Sting and Annie Lennox.

Although filled with annoyance and boredom at the first half of this album, my jaw was dropping by the end at just how good these 7 songs sounded together. Although only the 2 duets are new, the last half of the Bridget Jones : The Edge Of Reason proves the power of the mix tape. Individually, these songs are good, but strung together they are powerful.

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