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Now, I don’t usually make a habit of buying soundtracks. OK so I’ve got Grease (who hasn’t?) Bridget Jones (for Gabrielle, I’ve not seen the movie) Dirty Dancing, Point Break, Bill and Ted’s….. Rocky, Footloose…….. in second thoughts, scrap that not making a habit of buying soundtracks, although I don’t, I really don’t…………. Ohhh……. I don’t, well, not usually anyway. It’s just that I happened to have watched the movie (several times ~ I love this film) and two songs grabbed my attention…. So I thought why not, went out and bought it, and pretty much listen to it most weeks….. guess you’ll be wanting to know why won’t you? Well, hang on, getting to that, getting to that…. If I remember rightly it cost me £9.99 from the supermarket where ‘every little helps’ (aaarrrghhhhh I hate that shop!!!!) and it has been the best 10 squids that I have spent on a CD in a long time. Oh, I’m not saying that CD’s I’ve bought before and since have been c**p , but I’ve had this CD for around 2 years now and it’s been constantly played so……… it’s definitely worth the 10 squids wouldn’t you say…….??? Anyway, let’s get on to why I like this soundtrack OK? Arr, before I actually get started, better just point out that I know nothing about music! Oh, I know what I like and don’t like, but when it comes to riff’s, tempo’s, tone’s, semi quavers, cheesy quavers, and in fact any type of quaver you care to mention, I will look at you blankly, shrug my shoulders, and run!!! Well, you might be asking questions later……… So, please don’t condemn me, and this op because of the lack of technical terms OK? Take it for what it is. Just idodoyou trying to get over to her adoring (hehehe) aud
ience just why she loves this soundtrack, oh and to plug her Notting Hill op too!! I know I shouldn’t but it took me bloody ages and I am rather proud of that one, and at the time of writing this, no bugger is reading it. <sniff sniff> # 1. FROM THE HEART ~ ANOTHER LEVEL. 4.51 Now, this is one of those grabbing attention songs I mentioned. It’s great. I have to admit, that before I’d heard this song, I had never knowingly heard of, or any of Another Levels offerings!! (shoot me if you will all AL fans!!) I don’t know what else they sing so I can’t compare, sorry! The first thing that grabbed my about this tune were the words. And if you have read my Top 10 Songs op, you will know that lyrics are the main thing I listen to when it comes to a song (as long are the lyrics are great, the music could be cats being killed or my nephew on his xylophone as accompaniment) The lyrics are really romantic, ~ I know you’ve heard these words a hundred times before, And you’ve been hurt and so your heart has chose to close the door, Love broke your heart and brought you lies, Look in my eyes, you’ll see a love that’s deep and true, Tender, and strong and all for you, you can trust this love, Honest, that’s the honest truth, From the heart, I’m giving you everything, From the heart, I promise you that I’ll be there I’ll be there to love you, from the heart…………. Now, is that romantic or is that romantic? And they get better……. It’s, as you might have gathered, a slow paced song. Gentle, delicate and best played when you are either with the love of your life in a dark candle lit room…………. All together now…. arrrr! This song can be heard over the closing credits. But only after we have had to listen to # 9 first, so if you are like my siste
r, and many others, you never actually get to listen to this song. Well, you turn the film off, or you left the Cinema as soon as the credits started didn’t you? Let’s face it, there aren’t many films that play two songs over the closing credits are there? And they really should have played this one first, but that’s my opinion, and as the film and the soundtrack have been out a good 2 years now, I sincerely doubt that they are going to change it now are they?? # 2 WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL ~ RONAN KEATING. 4.14 Attention grabbing song number two here. Again it’s the lyrics fault, and again, so romantic. I’m not usually a fan of Boyzone (unless you count thinking that that Keith one is phwoaaarrr) or this little chappie Ronan, in fact, I usually hate boy bands. To me they all sound the same, but this song, well it sounds as if its been sung with a little bit of maturity. Or maybe the words are responsible for that? It’s amazing how you, can speak right to my heart Without saying a word, you can light up the dark Try as I may, I can never explain what I hear when you don’t say a thing, The smile on your face lets me know that you need me The truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me wherever I fall You say it best, when you say nothing at all. Another soft and melodious (don’t know what it means in terms of music, but it sounds good?) tune here, gentle. A guitar is very evident in this song, you can almost imagine Keith (well I don’t really dig that Ronan guy ~ too clean cut!) serenading you with the guitar in his hands and a rose in his teeth…… yep, another totally romantic number that should be played along side # 1. This song can be heard throughout the first and second date scenes, and it really brings home the point just how blown away William is by An
na. # 3 SHE ~ ELVIS COSTELLO. 3.06 Haven’t really listened to this guy very much. In fact, this is the one and only Elvis Costello song I think I’ve heard!! The music is low and the vocals on this song are very evident. Again slow and romantic. The lyrics are in keeping with the first two on the CD and the story line. This song is heard throughout the opening credits and during the ending. A great song, and the lyrics are sooo apt, I can think of no better…. She may be the face I can’t forget The trace of pleasure or regret Maybe my treasure or the price I have to pay She maybe the song that summer sings Maybe the chill that autumn brings Maybe a hundred different things Within the measure of a day # 4 HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART ~ AL GREEN. 6.24 A bluesy (?) number this one. Reasonably slow, with plenty of low drums, and I think, a violin? Barry and Robin Gibb wrote this one so you know that the lyrics will be superb. This song is heard over Williams walk home after a disastrous end to an otherwise perfect second date. As with all of the songs on the soundtrack, this song is perfect for the scene that it accompanies. The longest song on the CD and well worth the 6 and a half minutes I could never see tomorrow I was never told about the sorrow And how can you mend a broken heart How can you stop the rain from falling down Tell me how can you stop the ole sun from shining What makes the world go round How can you mend this broken man How can a loser ever win……….. OK, so the romantic lyrics have gone, we are now into dark rooms, and not wanting to talk to anybody territory. C’mon, who are you kidding? We’ve all been there (the b**t**d!!) the right song for such moments don’t you think? Probably played along R.E.M’s Everybody Hurts on such occasions…
8230;.. # 5 IN OUR LIFETIME ~ TEXAS. 4.06 Catchy and up beat. Neither a romantic or dark room type of song here. Typical Texas as far as I can make out, not one of my favourite numbers on this disc, but again, totally apt song to be played over the scene where we find this song. William has had the two dates with Anna and has totally fallen head over heels in love, but after the disasterous ending to the second date he’s down. It doesn’t help that her picture is everywhere. This song starts up as bus with her picture on it drives by, amazing really, there are several scenes looking out onto the road from his bookshop but no cars go by, just this one lonely bus, on a London road ………… !!! Once in a life time You have seen what I’ve seen You will all swim for shore Once in a life time I’m gonna be in between some things you just can’t ignore Now reach out, you can touch me I’ll let you have my life to share # 6 I DO (CHERISH YOU) ~ 98° Again, I have to own up to something, I have never heard of this group!! But I’m guessing that from the sound and the modern name we are talking about a relatively new group, yes? See, not that bad am I? <I see nodding> Now, I have watched this film countless times and can not find this song!! I have looked, I went through it twice purely for research purposes, and still can’t find it. If you know where it is, please tell me and put me out of my misery………please!! Maybe I was watching it too hard?? If I were in charge of the soundtrack, I think that this song would have been played over the wedding reception at the end, cheesy yes, but in total keeping with the soundtrack so far wouldn’t you say? The lyrics are once again romantic, swearing undying love type thing, and exactly what we have come to expect from this sound track. Well it is a
soundtrack for a love story so we would be stupid to expect anything else really wouldn’t we? I do, cherish you, for the rest of my life You don’t have to think twice I will love you still From the depth of my soul It’s beyond my control I’ve waited for so long, to say this to you If you’re asking if I love you this much I do Finger clicking very evident on this song, which in this day and age of synths and keyboards seem very out of date, but then again, I’m no music critic ~ what do I know? A reasonably slow paced song that once again should probably be played late at night with candles…… # 7 BORN TO CRY ~ PULP. 5.33 Now, I never thought that I would like a Pulp offering, nothing against Pulp fans, but they aren’t really my kind of thing, but I like this song! The second track that I can not find in the film (again, if I have missed it, please let me know?) but if its not there, I can understand why? That coat that I give you All shiny and black I’m sorry my darling But I’m taking it back I don’t want to spoil the party But I’ve got to go home You can stay if you want If you want to sleep alone Some were born to greatness Some were born to die Never knowing the difference Never knowing why Some were born to change the world Some never even try Darling, you and I We were born to cry Now, I’m not even going to pretend I know just what the guy is talking about here? Oh, I can understand the ‘born to cry’ stuff, but where the hell does the coat thing come from? ????????????? # 8 AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ~ LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY. 3.41 Not the original version, but the LF makes a good job of it. Now, I’ve said this before, and I’m going to say it for the last time (promise), this song
is perfectly placed on the soundtrack. In fact, it is placed over one of my favourite scenes. Now, in other movies when the directors want to depict the passing of time we usually get the boring old caption bit at the bottom of the screen. Not this time. We see William walking a length of the Portobello Market as the seasons are changing. Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone It’ not warm when she’s away Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone And she’s always gone too long Any time she goes away I wonder this time where she’s gone Wonder if she’s gonna stay Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone And this house just ain’t no home Any time she goes away Perfect song for that scene do you not think?? Well I do…………. # 9 YOU’VE GOT A WAY (NOTTING HILL REMIX) ~ SHANIA TWAIN. 3.21 Now why this should be called a remix I really don’t know, I’ve listened to the ‘non remixed’ version and it sounds the same to me!! But then again, as I’ve said and what is very evident from this opinion, I am no music critic. This song is played over the closing credits, well, the first of the two songs over the closing credits. Should have been the second one to have been played, but that’s just my opinion, and one I explained up there in # 1. Anyway, the song is in keeping with the soundtrack, romantic and lyrics very apt. The tune is typical Twain material. (oh many a night have I drunkenly sung idodoyou’s version of ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ ~ not recently I hasten to add as I watch my dooyoo reputation slide away from me quicker than Clinton said ‘I didn’t have sexual relations’!!) not really one of her faster paced numbers, but a bit faster than the other smoochy ones on the CD. Not my favourite Shania numbers either…
230;. You’ve got a way with me Somehow you got me to believe In everything that I could be I’ve gotta say ~ you’ve really got a way You’ve got a way it seems You gave me faith to find my dreams You’ll never know just what that means Can’t you see……….. you got a way with me. # 10 GIMME SOME LOVIN ~ SPENCER DAVIS GROUP. 2.57 The fastest track on the CD here, and used over the fastest piece of the film. A mad car chase to get William to the Ritz pretty smartish after the ‘big gallah’ realises that maybe turning down the love of his life was not the right thing to do. Not my favourite on the CD, and to be honest, I think that maybe there are better choices out there rather than this one, an alternative song escapes me now, but I’m sure that if one does suddenly appear as if from no where in my tiny mind…………. I’ll add it for you!!?? Well, my temperatures rising as my feet touch the floor Crazy people knocking cos they wanna some more Let me in baby, I don’t know what ya got But you’d better take it easy, this place it hot And I’m, so glad we made it, so glad we made it I want you gimme some lovin, gimme some lovin, Gimme some lovin everyday. Tambourine beats very evident in this track, (don’t really do tambourines!!). I guess that the people that actually put the soundtracks together knew what they were doing? # 11 WILL AND ANNA (SCORE) 3.35 # 12 NOTTING HILL (SCORE) 4.46 Both produced by Trevor Jones and performed by The London Symphony Orchestra. These two are the only non-lyrical (I’m sure that there is another more technical name for these types of tracks ~ but I don’t know it!!) and can be heard throughout the film on various scenes. And of course the bits where the music reaches the crescendo
(wow ~ I wonder if NME wants another writer??) you can guarantee that the relationship between Will and Anna reaches, well, the crescendo. Predictable really. Now, I’m really not into Orchestrated music but these two pieces are actually listenable. They are not all violins and flutes, there are also synthesisers and electric guitars. They do however sound very similar in places. # 13 AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ~ BILL WITHERS. 2.03 The last track on the disc, a bonus track that wasn’t in the film. This is the original version of the song, written by Withers as well. I’m not actually sure why they didn’t use this version, cos, I have to say, I actually prefer this version. The vocals are somewhat stronger, and the music is less modern, in fact the music is low and in the back ground. Yep, I prefer this version. And so, with the last track on the CD dissected, and deliberated over, well dissected and deliberated to the best of my limited ability that is, we come to the end. Phew ………… Not the most technical and in depth of opinions that you will find here in the Music category, and probably not much help to any body. But if you have seen the film, I really think that you should invest in this soundtrack. When listening , it brings back the film and it’s replayed in your mind, well, it is in my mind anyway. Of course, if you have seen the film and hated it, it might not be such a good idea? I would have to say, and I hate to sound so sexist, but maybe this CD could be classed as a ‘chick disc’. You know, what with all the love songs. Of course, I might be totally wrong. It has been known. I guess I’m only basing my ‘thought’ on this because the film is so obviously a chick flick! Right, well, if I haven’t bored you too much, thanx for reading and staying till the end …………
; that’s one I owe ya!!
I find when watching a film that having a good soundrack makes a mssive difference and this soundtrack, for me, lifted the film to another level. One of the best things about this disc is the variety of styles it offers. With artists from Pulp to Shania Twain and Ronan Keating to Elvis Costello. The CD contains some track which you may consider pop, but even if you're not a pop fan I think you'll like these. Another Levels 'From the Heart' and Ronans 'When you say nothing at all' are examples of the respective artists better songs. And there must be few people who don't like Elvis Costello's version of 'She' and the excellent 'Ain't no Sunshine' (I love this track, although apparently it's not actually in the film). Having said ealier that this disc offers variety, and I does with regards to artists, it is quite heavily weighted towards love ballad type songs. It's all very mellow, which may not be to some peoples tastes. If you like the film and enjoy love songs this soundtrack is well worth buying.
This album has some really good songs, like Elvis Costellos She, but then by the inclusion of some dodgy pop songs (Shania Twain, Ronan Keating, Another Level and Boyzone), and a dodgy piece of the score, it quickly goes down hill! How can you have Elvis Costello & Bill Withers alongside Boyzone and Another Level!! Surely they are aimed at very different audiences.... I'd recommend finding a better soundtrack to purchase that you will listen to more often than this (say Autin Powers 2, or City of Angels) You will need to like general rubbishy pop songs and good music to appreciate this!
The soundtrack to Notting Hill consists of; Another Level - From the Heart 4:53 Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing At All 4:14 Elvis Costello - She 3:07 Al Green - How Can You Mend A Broken Heart 6:25 Texas - In Our Lifetime 4:06 98 Degrees - I Do (Cherish You) 3:47 Pulp - Born To Cry 5:33 Lighthouse Family - Ain't No Sunshine 3:42 Shania Twain - You've Got A Way (Notting Hill Remix) 3:23 Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin 3:00 Trevor Jones - Will and Anna (Score) 3:37 Trevor Jones - Notting Hill (Score) 4:46 Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine (Bonus Track) 2:03 There are some wonderful tracks on this album - and although it's an easy album to listen too, it has something for everyone's taste. There are loads of songs for the romantic, including the classics How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, and Ain't No Sunshine, but the inclusion of In Our Lifetime, and Born To Cry give a slightly rockier feel to the soundtrack, and bring what could be a slightly old fashioned collection of songs up to date. Fans of the ever increasing 'boy bands' may be pleased by the contributions of 98 Degrees, and Another Level, both of whose songs are actually rather good, if overly sentimental. All in all, I would have to say that I love this soundtrack, and it has spent a good amount of time in my CD player, often for weeks at a time! An excellent compilation, well worth investigating, especially if like me, you watched and enjoyed the film.
I suppose by now most of you must have seen or at least heard of the movie Notting Hill starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. The soundtrack is not too bad either. As you can judge from the movie, the songs featured are of the sentimental type with two instrumental songs. There are a number of big names on the album i.e. Shania Twain, Ronan Keating, Texas and Elvis Costello to name but a few. At least 2 of the songs have been big hits in the past performed by Shania Twain and Ronan Keating. So, this would be your cup of tea if you enjoy easy listening songs.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 From Your Heart - Another Level
2 When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating
3 She - Elvis Costello
4 How Can You Mend A Broken Heart - Al Green
5 In Our Lifetime - Texas
6 I Do (Cherish You) - 98 Degrees
7 Born To Cry - Pulp
8 Ain't No Sunshine - Lighthouse Family
9 You've Got A Way (Notting Hill Remix) - Shania Twain
10 Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
11 Will and Anna (Score) - Trevor Jones
12 Notting Hill (Score) - Trevoor Jones
13 Ain't No Sunshine (Bonus Track) - Bill Withers