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Genre: Soundtrack / Artist: Various / Audio CD released 1999-03-29 at Virgin America

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      26.12.2009 22:37
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      May not entertain 40 year old men so much but it hits its target fanbase

      Cruel Intentions is something of a guilty pleasure of a film, but the soundtrack is a pretty good collection of emotive music that underpins what the whole film is about, relationships, love, sex, and emotional confusion.

      What better way to begin the album than starting with one of the most sexually ambiguous bands of all time, Placebo, with their cracking track "Every You Every Me" which played during the opening credits of the film and surely helped contribute to its success. It's a clever song and reflects the deviousness of the film's characters.

      The second track is "Praise You" by Fatboy Slim, a great tune that plays when Annette and Sebastian are returning home from their trip to see the demented old people. It's a fun track even if it doesn't have too much relevance to the film.

      Blur's "Coffee and TV" is also memorable because it occurs during the now famous lesbian kiss scene between Kathryn and Cecile. It will forever be etched in my mind as syonymous with that wonderful moment!

      "Colorblind" by Counting Crows plays in the third reel of the film as Sebastian and Annette have sex for the first time, with its lyrics discussing readiness being all too apt for the virginal Annette. It is very tender and a nice opposition to the otherwise quite lively soundtrack.

      The most iconic song of the film, though, is undoubtedly The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony", which slowly fades in during the film as the...you know...hits the fan for Kathryn. It is an incredibly memorable sequence and a great song, which cements itself here as embedded in our culture.

      This album may not please all tastes, but it's a fun cut of pop riffs and will please the film's fanbase I am absolutely sure.

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      25.07.2003 22:04
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      Cruel Intentions has to be one of the biggest teen films of the 90's and with good reason, its mixture of humour, sex and a fantastic cast really sets it up to do well. And it really did, with a large percentage of the population having seen and (mostly) loved this original film, loosely based on Dangerous Liasons. After seeing the film one of the high points which stuck in my memory was the music, with a number of songs which I already knew and enjoyed aswell as a number of previously unheard songs, which reached the same high standard. This is the reason which I decided to buy the soundtrack. My main concern when buying the Cruel Intentions Soundtrack was one which I'm sure many people can understand - will the soundtrack actually have the songs from the film? Or will it have lots of new tracks designed to cash in on the movie's fame whilst remaining almost wholly unrelated to the music in the film. After briefly scanning the track listings on the CD I was impressed, for once all the songs seemed to appear in the film. I was impressed with that before I even listened to the album. The soundtrack was released in 1999 alongside the release of the film cruel intentions, and shared the same success as the movie. It contains 14 tracks with a mixture of styles, from dance to rock and some ballads, aswell as including a distinct variety of artsists. It contains well known artists such as "Placebo" and "Fatboy Slim" who have had worldwide success, as well as some lesser known artists, however the standard of music produced does not vary in this way. A high standard is maintained throughout the soundtrack. 1)Every You Every Me - Placebo - A good way to begin a soundtrack, a well known song by a well known artist. It is also the first song to appear in the film, so the decision for it to take first place on the soundtrack seems well made. A very upbeat and catchy song by a famous alternative band, many people a
      re sure to appreciate the originality of this song. Definitely one of Placebo's best songs, and sure to be a hit with everyone. It has a very fast and upbeat beat, which everyone will find themselves bouncing about to. It's a sure summer song, and makes an absolutely perfect start to the album. I am definitely very impressed with this choice for first track. 2)Praise You - Fatboy Slim - Another relatively well known song, by a well known artist. This song maintains the upbeat feel of the album, and is definitely another upbeat and happy number. The lyrics are extremely addictive, and everyone is sure to be singing along, and with the catchy beat they may find themselves dancing around aswell. It is an extremely good track, and brings a dance track to the album, which rarely feature on soundtracks. It gets a bit repetetive towards the end, and people may find it a bit annoying, but it is a really good track. 3)Coffee and TV - Blur - The stream of well known artists is continued with this contribution from Brit pop band Blur. Although blur's best days appear to have passed they still produce top songs occasionally, and this is definitely one of them. It mixes their own alternative style with a poppy feel which will make it appeal to a far wider audience. Hearing this song always immediately reminds me of the video (remember that milk carton), and that thought always makes me smile. It has a distinctive beat which I really like, aswell as catchy lyrics in a different style from the previous tracks. I really like this song aswell, it's definitely a good track on the album aswell as being my favourite blur song. 4)Bedroom Dancing - Day One - This track seems to begin a section of the album with a higher percentage of lesser known artists (well I knew less of them anyway). It has a kind of bizarre dancey feel to it, and the beat is almost a bit trippy but I do like it. It definitely brings a different sound to the album so far, a
      swell as being a bit slower paced than the previous tracks. I can't remember where this song appears in the film but I'm sure it does because it really rings a bell every time I hear it. 5)Colorblind - Counting Crows - Another well known artists slotted in here, with possibly one of the best songs I have ever heard in my life. I completely adore this song. It is much slower paced than the previous tracks, and the combination of piano and FANTASTIC vocals creates a really haunting effect which is top stuff. It features at a particularly prominent part of the movie, and is sure to make you remember the scene if you've seen the film. A very emotional ballad which is definitely my favourite track on the album. If you're not going to buy the album then I would definitely recommend going out and buying this song anyway! 6)Ordinary Life - Kristen Barry - A female voice takes the stage in this track, which is definitely noticeable as all other tracks have had male vocals as the lead this far. It is a mid tempo track, with once again a trippy sound combined with haunting lyrics. A very bizarre sound, definitely one for the more alternative sound, but it is quite a nice track. After a few listens to the album I have found myself tending to skip this track though, it's nice but not one of the album's best! 7)Comin' Up From Behind - Marcy Playground - Not exactly world reknowned, but definitely famous in their own right, Mracy Playground provide a fantastic track. Their vocals take a very unique sound and combined with a heavy beat they create a very good track. I really like this track, it's really powerful beat gives it a very drammatic feel and make it extremely memorable, people are sure to remember it from the film. 8)Secretly - Skunk Anansie - Once again, famous artist, with a less famous track. I'm not a big fan of ballads, and I'm not a big skunk anansie fan but I do find myself really appreciat
      ing this track. The more I listen to it the more I like it. It is a bit more slow paced and the verses do tend to irritate me, but the chorus' have such powerful vocals and nice music that i find this song really growing on me over time. I think anyone that appreciates powerful ballads will like this song, it's just not the style of song which appeals to me. 9)This Love - Craig Armstrong; Elizabeth Fraser - As soon as the first few notes of this song are played it triggers my memory and I remember it appearing in the film. The vocals are amazing, and definitely reach new heights of the haunting and trippy variety. If ever there was a ballad which I could stand it would be this one, with it's top vocals and generally very psychadellic sound and style it is an amazing track which will stay in your memory for years. My favourite ballad on the album, even if I can't understand much of what's being said. 10)You Could Make a Killing - Aimee Mann - This is again another slower paced track, which is particularly memorable from the film. I think the combination of alternative sounding vocals and minimal instruments makes a song which is extremely unique and very enjoyable. It definitely represents the overall alternative sound of the album, it's only downside is its positioning on the album. The number of slow pace songs played at this point makes the album less appealing, and at this point you tend to skip a few. But I would recommend skipping some previous tracks and listening to this one. 11)Addictive - Faithless - Faithless are well known and I think any fan of theirs will truly appreciate this track, however I'm not a fan so I don't think I really do the song justice. The backing of this track is it's best feature, with a wonderful overall sound and a crazy beat to enjoy, but the "faithless vocals" irritate me (as ever) and really put me off this track, which would otherwise be really good. 12)Trip On Love - Abra Moore - As soon as this song begins I find myself thinking of the 80's, it has a very happy go lucky feel to it and a bit of a faster pace to pick things up for the end. It's a definite smiley track, although I couldn't pick out any particular strengths of the track it's overall sound is positive and enjoyable. 13)You Blew Me Off - Bare Jr - This has a more rocky feel to it, which I really like. Big on guitars and drums and a slightly shouty chorus create a really powerful track. I particularly like the way it combines extremely powerful and drammatic moments with seemingly emotive and angry verses. It is a good track, and i really like the rocky feel to it. The main downside to the track is that the title line seems to be said about 1000 times with only 2 lines of verse breaking it up, and this gets a bit annoying towards the end of the track. The music is definitely worth a listen though. 14)Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve - Possibly one of the most memorable songs in the film, and a fantastic way to round off a fantastic album. It is the last song to appear in the film and it's position on the album mirrors this. The introduction with it's heavy basis on stringed instruments is very powerful and touching, and as soon as the lyrics start people will find themselves singing along. It's a slower tempo song, but it doesn't have a whiney ballad feel to it, it's more of an emotional and powerful track, which really ties of the album superbly. A fantastic track, another one of my favourites on the album. The varitey of sounds featured on the album is it's main advantage. Most people would find something on the album which they truly appreciate, whether it's dance, pop, rock or ballads, there is something here for everyone. Another huge advantage is that it actually contains music which features in the film, and most of the songs will immediately remind you of particular sce
      nes in the film. As a soundtrack it is fantastic, with the best songs from the film being put together perfectly. I think the main drawback is the number of slow tempo songs which follow each other in the middle of the album. If you have seen cruel intentions and are considering buying the album I would say definitely do it! This is one of my most highly recommended CD's ever, it's mixture of a variety of sounds is done superbly and I can barely fault it as an album, let alone as a sountrack.

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        20.10.2001 12:24
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        A great CD, I must say. First of all I must give brief recommendations to the movie (simply excellent - very seductive - Ryan Phillipe). All through the film I felt myself dancing in this cinema to the songs being played (and people were looking at me quite strangely as well!). The Placebo song is pretty good, I love Fatboy Slim's "Praise You", Blur's Coffee and TV is ok, but not one of my favourites from Blur... Bedroom Dancing's got some hilarious lyrics and is an interesting attempt at symbolism... "and so we danced and danced and danced and danced all night... 12 o'clock, the music stops, she walked away from me, and took her shoes off, and she said that's it, and I knew it, she said we can't dance without music" The Counting Crow's Colorblind is fabulous. "I am colorblind, coffee black and egg white. Pull me out from inside. I am ready, i am ready, i am ready..." Ordinary Life, Comin' up from Behind... all good. I was glad to see Skunk Anasie features because, although they may be quite well known in Europe, you almost never hear of them in the US. I especially like her song "Weak" just in case you wanted to know. This Love I don't like too much, nor am I a big fan of You Could Make a Killing, but Addictive is pretty interesting... Trip on Love is cute. You Blew Me Off is pretty funny as well - "If you ignore me, you get my respect... when you turn to hug me, I like you less. You blew me off, it turned me on" Bitter Sweet Symphony... probably the best ending to a CD i've EVER heard. I love this "The Verve" song. It's beautiful, and puts me in such an uplifting mood. I like this CD because it gives a great backdrop to everyday life, and seems to be a crowd pleaser (I haven't met too many people who object to me putting it on!!) If you don't have the CD and have seen the music and danced a little yourself... I
        say get it... I'm almost sure you'll like it.

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        19.10.2001 01:35

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        If you've seen Cruel Intentions, you understand that the movie contains the themes murder, deception, and sexual exploits. Sebastian and his step-sister Catherine are the ideal evil team in the beginning. The music, down to the opening song Every You and Every Me by Placebo helps to evoke these themes even further than the plot and the acting. Every You and Every Me is the perfect tune to introduce you to the selfishness of Catherine and Sebastian. The music varies in mood based on the scene from the upbeat and cheerful Praise You to You Could Make a Killing, a very sad slow song. Nothing is overly cheery and upbeat assuring that the mood stays set, and can quickly be adjusted to meet the setting. Another cheerful, rather silly song on the soundtrack, is Coffee and TV. The song is very amusing and well crafted. The lyrics sung by this very high pitched male voice in falceto at the chorus make for a highly entertaining piece. This soundtrack is the perfect CD for just hanging out, doing housework, homework, and adventuring on new creative endevours. The music doubles for many tasks. I could not recommend a better soundtrack investment to anyone.

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        03.08.2001 23:55
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        Cruel Intentions has become, without a doubt, one of the most watched films amongst me and my friends. And it's not just the wickedness portrayed by the fantastic Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Gellar, but undoubtedly also it's fine, fine soundtrack. Althought film sountrcaks do have a bit of a rep for being boring and containing obscure little strange songs from the film, here's a reality check. This soundtrack, featuring big names like Blur, Placebo, Faithless, The Verve and Fatboy Slim dotted amongst slightly lesser known names like Marcy Playground, is dark, anthemic and truly evil, exactly like the film itself. Starting out with a bang is the insane "every you every me" by Placebo, setting the tone for the rest of the album more than the upbeat "praise you' from fatboy slim. Blur's "Coffee and TV" trundles along sweetly as ever, followed by the very sexy "Bedroom Dancing" by Day One. The next song deserves a whole paragraph to itself- the heartbreaking stripped down simple song that is "Colorblind" by the Counting Crows. The simple piano backing and dreamy vocals make this song truly special, a new ultimatum for a new generation of love songs. Harder and darker is "comin' up from behind" by Marcy Playground- not a song you'd like to hear while going down a dark alley, late at night. Skunk anansie's secretly is a bit high pitched and whiny but perfectly listenable. "This love" by Craig Armstrong is another soft slushy one, floaty and mellow, drifting over the top of everything else. And then you drift along until........ You hear those well known strings, lifting themselves high above everything, taking you back to the very moment of the final revenge, of a black antique car riding off into the sunset- The Verve's "Bittersweet symphony"- the song which has become such a modern anthem for a whole generat
        ion. And what a great choice of song indeed. If you enjoyed the movie, then this album is truly essential. If you haven't seen the movie yet, it's still a brilliant collection of fantastic songs.

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          05.05.2001 17:22
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          Well basically I loved the film so I watched it several thousand times, and the more times I watched the film the more i became aware of the amazing soundtrack so i took it upon myself to go out and buy it. What a good move, its one of the most amazing collections of songs I can even begin to imagine, with such a mixture of different styles of music from upbeat dance tracks, to the more haunting ballads. 1) Placebo - Every you Every me - I had heard of this song before i bought the sound track and i love it to bits. It's got such an upbeat tempo and it really makes you feel like getting up and dancing. 2) Fatboy Slim - Praise you - a real dance tune, typical fatboy slim, the kind of song where the same words are repeated over and over again and technically it should drive you mad but you actually find yourself secretly liking it. If you like dance music then you'll like this, and maybe even if you don't. 3) Blur - Coffee and TV - mid tempo song, with lyrics which are deep and meaningful but the song isn't held down by this. It's a good song and you can dance to it or be "deep" with the lyrics. 4) Day One - Bedroom Dancing - Unusual style of song, different to all the other songs on the soundtrack, can't even remember it being in the film. I didn't like this song at first, the unusual style put me off but after listening to it i've grown to like it, it doesn't stand out as a song, its just "another song on the soundtrack" 5) Counting Crows - Colorblind - the first ballad on the soundtrack, the strain in his voice as he sings is enough to make anyone emotional. A song packed with emotion and I wouldn't recommend listening to it when depressed or upset. 6) Kristen Barry - Ordinary Life - Another relatively slow song, with a sound similar to that of Garbage, with lyrics which you just know there would be lots of meaning behind if you could actually hear the
          m properly and had time to think about them. 7) Marcy Playground - Comin' up from behind - a very powerful song with a good beat, makes a nice change to the slow love songs which came previously. The chorus is repetitive but the song itself is very good and can really hype you up. 8) Skunk Anansie - Secretly - the tempo slows right down to another ballad, with the same feel to the counting crows song, with powerful vocals which you can almost feel the emotion coming out of. 9) Craig Armstrong featuring Elizabeth Fraser - This Love - return of the haunting ballads and you can't actually make out ANY of the words in this song, but the tone and tempo make it nice to listen to when you're in a loved up mood. 10) Aimee Mann - You could make a killing - I like this song, i'm not entirely sure why. I love the mixture of a guitar, a tambourine and some repetitive vocals, doesn't sound good but it really is. 11) Faithless - Addictive - what a very distinctive vocal style, more upbeat and if played very loudly could be quite an atmosphere builder. 12) Abra Moore - Trip On Love - this begins by sounding like something from a totally different decade, maybe the 70's or 80's, and the Macy Gray style vocals aren't really my cup of tea but the song itself is good. 13) Bare Jr - You blew me off - very similar to marcy playground...powerful music with an amazing beat and when listening to it you have a desire to turn it up as loud as it can go and shout your head off along with the lyrics. 14) The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony - what a way to end a sountrack than with the most haunting ballad ever, has a tendency to reduce me to tears just by listening to it, the violins sound really good and create a very emotional atmosphere. Every time i listen to this song it reminds me of the end of the film aswell. All in all a fantastic soundtrack which i would definitely recommend
          because there is such a mixture of musical styles if can suit many different tastes.

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            20.10.2000 09:10
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            This is, without a doubt, the best soundtrack I have heard in my life. It even beats the Trainspotting soundtrack, a feat I had previously thought impossible! There isn't one disappointing track on the album and together these songs form a formidable mixture which only makes brief visits to the CD rack before being restored to it's rightful place in my CD player. This is most definitely the CD that has been played the most in my house this year. From the first haunting bars of Every You Every Me to the last nostalgic purr of Bittersweet Symphony it is completely captivating. It offers a heady mixture of sublime melancholy in songs such as Colorblind by Counting Crowns blended with deep and atmospheric sounds, such as Comin' Up From Behind by Marcy Playground. I left the cinema desperate to buy the soundtrack, I found whilst watching the film that the music moved me more than the movie, and as the film itself was extremely good this is a real achievement. This soundtrack has introduced me to several bands that I have since come to love, and has spawned a whole new section in my CD collection of Placebo, Counting Crows, etc. I can't recommend this soundtrack enough, if you're already a fan of any one of the bands included on this CD then go out there and buy the soundtrack, you won't regret it.

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Every You Every Me
          2 Praise You
          3 Coffee And TV
          4 Bedroom Dancing
          5 Colourblind
          6 Ordinary Life
          7 Comin' Up From Behind
          8 Secretly
          9 This Love
          10 You Could Make A Killing
          11 Addictive
          12 Trip On Love
          13 You Blew Me Off
          14 Bittersweet Symphony