This is one of the most sensual and soothing albums I've heard in a while!! Much like another soundtack CD I'm quite fond of, the folksy "Crossing Jordan," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" seduces your ear and your soul. I don't drink martinis, but if I did, when I came home from work this wonderful collection of songs would be on the stereo as I sipped and slipped into something more comfortable. Actually "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" IS what I've been putting on as I soon as I get home, the only difference is I drink Evian instead of martinis and put on an football jersey and baggy shorts instead of a negligee. (Okay...probably a little TMI there, I apologize!)
For me everything begins with track 6 (the lilting percussion number "Mondo Bongo.") Everything up to and including 5 is okay enough, but really...how many times can you hear "Tainted Love" and not get tired of it; it appears on so many compilations.
Just when "Mondo Bongo" promises to have you feeling the way you do after a good massage, "Lay Lady Lay" comes along and wows you with its duet featuring the gorgeously vocal Gemma Hayes and Magnet (the latter of whom I confess I've never heard of until now.) This version of "Lay Lady Lay" is officially now my favorite; it's the song version of a gentle and pleasing back scratcher.
"I'll Melt With You" and "Nobody Does It Better" continue to take you to your most zen moment, both covers (in my very humble opinion) far surpassing the originals (then again I'm not a big Carly Simon fan.) "Let's Never Stop Falling in Love" and "Assassin's Tango" are for those of you who can never quite control the urge to sashay and twirl across the living room (well, maybe you don't live alone like I do where you can break out into song and dance whenever you want.)
The rest of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" is decent enough but tracks 6-11 pull your soul strings the most. It doesn't hurt that the album ends on such a fun, nostalgic note with the wacky and wonderful "Love Will Keep Us Together," a ditty that never fails to take me back to 1975 and the first grade!