Soundtracks are a lot more than movie music...

...or so I'm ready to argue as a 30 year devotee of this sorely under appreciated genre.  So, in an effort to do my part, each week
I'll be making recommendations of soundtracks current and vintage, make a fuss over long awaited soundtrack scores finally getting
a well deserved release, and in general, make some noise about this often overlooked category.  Beyond my long experience as a
listener and as a pianist and songwriter, both of which I've put to use in writing a quarterly soundtrack column for the
Tribune, I can only offer my recommendations.  You'll discern my taste soon enough and upfront I'd like to make it clear that I'll
focus most heavily on SCORE soundtracks.  In the end, all criticism is subjective but if I can point a listener toward a little heard
soundtrack or strongly advise you to either ORDER IMMEDIATELY or SKIP ALTOGETHER, all the better.
With the release of Sex and the City in theatres I wanted to make a quick
recommendation for the movie's delightful song soundtrack.  As summer finally
arrives, this is a great, bouncy, compilation of new (the Fergie and Jennifer
Hudson songs with Hudson's being the hands down winner) and new
arrangements of old (a remix of Nina Simone's "The Look of Love" and "How
Deep Is Your Love" by The Bird & the Bee is particularly sweet and winning) to
add to your i-pod or other music listening device of choice.

I also love the big bad reimagining of the Latin-flavored theme music (by The
Pfeifer Broz. Orchestra).  I'm hoping that Aaron Zigman who wrote a lot of
variations on the theme and added a lot of his own bossa spiced compositions
to the movie, gets a release of his musical score.

In the meantime pick this one up for a quick pick me up.


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The song soundtrack cover and an
alternate poster for the
Sex and the City
movie featuring all four of our favorite
New York City gals.
June, 2010 - Sex and the City 2 ain't exactly drawing rave reviews and I think
this original soundtrack is also much superior to his musical sequel. So, here's
another shout out for it.