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A classic British film with a soundtrack that features the best of British!
Love Actually the film focuses on Billy Mack's (Bill Nighy) attempts at taking the song "Love is all Around us," to number one, however because it is at Christmas time it is renamed, "Christmas is all around us". As such then, music plays a big part in this film and really enhances it so I think this is why the soundtrack is so good. The song was actually featured in Richard Curtis's breakthrough film, Four Wedding and a Funeral. Other artists to feature in the film are Girls Aloud, Dido, SugarBabes, Texas to name but a few.
The great part about the film in my opinion is the way in which the stories and the characters all weave and are linked in very creative ways to show how the personal lives of others can affect your own life.
The film also incorporates my favourite time of year, Christmas! It follows the great British Christmas traditions of deciding who is going to have the Christmas number one, the school nativity play and each others relationships as Christmas approaches. The Christmas number one song is always a big deal in England and so this weaves in music in such a special way.
It's great because every song on the soundtrack will take you back to a scene or storyline in the movie that you remember and will bring back the film in to your mind. For example Jump (For My Love) is covered here by Girls Aloud and reminds us the point in the film where Hugh Grant (David The Prime Minister) is singing it in 10 Downing Street and doing all the actions and is caught by one the house staff, a very funny moment.
The Joni Mitchell song, Both Sides Now reminds us of the heartache Emma Thompson (Karen) feels when she realises that the necklace she found in her husbands pocket is not intended for her and instead he gives her a Joni Mitchell CD. This is the saddest part of the film for me and a very touching moment.
The rest of the songs on the album are as follows:
"The Trouble with Love Is" by Kelly Clarkson
"Here with Me" by Dido
"Sweetest Goodbye/Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5
"Turn Me On" by Norah Jones
"Take Me As I Am" by Wyclef Jean and Sharissa
"Songbird" by Eva Cassidy
"Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling
"Jump (for My Love)" by The Pointer Sisters in US / Girls Aloud in UK
"Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell
"All You Need Is Love" by Lynden David Hall
"God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys
"I'll See It Through" by Texas
"Too Lost in You" by Sugababes
"White Christmas" by Otis Redding
I recently reviewed the film Love Actually in which I wrote of what a great film, I thought it was, and that it was different in the way that there were so many stories going on all at one, however it did not make it confusing in any way, shape or form.
One of the other reasons, what makes Love Actually a great film is the soundtrack. A film can be great, however without the right songs in the appropriate places, it can actually spoil the film.
Love Actually has a wide range of songs within the film, majority of them being very well known, which makes it even better if you know the song, you are more likely to associate yourself with the film more and appreciate it.
Although Love Actually has been around for quite a while now, the songs on the soundtrack are very well chosen and make listening to the album easy, because they are a great variety of tracks.
Girls Aloud - Jump (For My Love)
Although it was not the version that was in Love Actually, the track is a great feel good song and was definitely in the right place, where Daniel Cleaver has it playing into Downing Street and starts dancing to it, thinking that no-one was actually watching however got caught by one of the maids. It is one of those tracks though if you are in the house, you will start to sing along to it and then possibly get a little carried away and start dancing.
Sugababes - Too Lost in You
I get mixed up with the Sugababes and Atomic Kitten for some reason, they have both seen many members leave and new recruits come on board. I think Too Lost in You is one of the better songs that the Sugarbabes have come up with and fits appropriately into the various scenario's within the film.
Dido - Here With Me
I love Dido full stop, and still listen to her albums in my car. Here With Me has got to be one of the song amongst a couple of others that she is most famous for. When this track is played in the movie, it send shudders down my spine, as they play the chorus only at a particular moment, where one of the characters wants to declare his undying for his best friends new wife. He is indecisive as to whether he does it, the words in the song "I Can't Be Until You Are Resting Here With Me"
The Calling - Wherever You Will Go
When I bought the soundtrack, and this track was on, I couldn't quite place where the song had been featured on the actual film and was quite surprised because this particular track has got to be one of my favourites on the soundtrack and has also got to be one of the best songs that The Calling have produced. After viewing the film again to find out where the song actually featured, it is only briefly, and is not played long enough to do it justice.
Gabrielle - Sometimes
Gabrielle has one of the unique voices that can add enjoyment to any movie purely because of the way that she sings her songs. This particular track, initially I wasn't familiar with, however listening to it a couple of times, its one of those that grow on you as times goes on.
Kelly Clarkson - The Trouble With Love Is
Billy Mack - Christmas Is All Around
Norah Jones - Turn Me On
Eva Cassidy - Songbird
Maroon 5 - Sweetest Goodbye
Texas - I'll See It Through
Joni MItchell - Both Sides Now
Otis Redding - White Christmas
Wyclef Jean - Take Me As I Am
Olivia Olson - All I Want For Christmas Is You
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
Lynden David Hall - All You Need Is Love
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Trouble With Love Is - Kelly Clarkson
2 Here With Me - Dido
3 Sweetest Goodbye/Sunday Morning - Maroon 5
4 Turn Me On - Norah Jones
5 Take Me as I Am - Wyclef Jean, Sharissa
6 Songbird - Eva Cassidy
7 Wherever You Will Go - The Calling
8 Jump (For My Love) - The Pointer Sisters
9 Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
10 All You Need Is Love - Lynden David Hall
11 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
12 I'll See It Through - Texas
13 Too Lost in You - Sugababes
14 Glasgow Love Theme - Craig Armstrong
15 White Christmas [*] - Otis Redding
16 Christmas Is All Around [*] - Billy Mack
17 All I Want for Christmas Is You [*] - Olivia Olson