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Next Best Thing

Soundtracks & Original Casts Audio CD
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1. Boom Boom Ba - Metisse
2. Bongo Bong - Manu Chao
3. Don't Make Me Love You ('Till I'm Ready) - Christina Aguilera
4. American Pie - Madonna
5. This Life - MandaLay
6. If Everybody Looked The Same - Groove Armada
7. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? - Moby
8. I'm Not In Love - Olive
9. Stars All Seem To Weep - Beth Orton
10. Time Stood Still - Madonna
11. Swayambhu - Solar Twins
12. Forever And Always - Gabriel Yared

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The obvious centerpiece to this soundtrack is Madonna's hyperkinetic version of Don McLean's 1971 postmortem rock anthem "American Pie." Capturing the bittersweet intentions of the original, Madonna and producer William Orbit create a forlorn dreamscape of dance beats and floating electronica effects that serve to update the sentimental war horse. The entire soundtrack has a futuristic sheen. Thick washes of reverb, ethereal keyboards, and swooping tones create the illusion of space travel throughout. Previously released tunes deserving of headline status include Moby's unusually soulful "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad," which cleverly updates a classic '60s soul groove to modern effect. A highlight from Beth Orton's Central Reservation, "Stars All Seem to Weep," fits like a missing piece of the puzzle. Previously unreleased tracks from Christina Aguilera, Maverick recording artists Olive (who cover 10cc's "I'm Not in Love"), and Madonna's "Time Stood Still," another fruitful collaboration with William Orbit, round things out. --Rob O'Connor

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sunset Music!! Sept. 1 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack has become a favorite! It has a few upbeat and funky songs with different musical sound, as well as some very soothing and relaxing sounds. I play this music every night when we are sitting outside on the river eating dinner, at sunset time, and it compliments the atmosphere so well!! All of our guests ask what CD this is, and they love it also. Is has funky yet sophisticated style that can be played start to finish without stopping. A must have for every household!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Next Best Thing Soundtrack-Madonna June 10 2002
By John
Format:Audio CD
Madonna's latest film, 2000's The Next Best Thing of course comes equipped with a Madonna soundtrack. Trust me it's alot better than the movie. While the film tanked miserably, the soundtrack is full of beautiful, mostly electronic songs. Madonna does a mean cover of "American Pie", and for those of you who are [upset,] it didn't make GHV2-it just doesn't belong with huge tunes like "Take A Bow" and "Music". It belongs here, though as does the other Madonna tune "Time Stood Still" which isn't the strongest Madonna ballad, but listenable;all fitting among dance pioneer Moby and his breathtaking "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?"-you know, just in case you didn't hear it in [the store] and primetime tv [several] times. Theres up and coming Djs Groove Armada and their "If Everybody Looked The Same", a good followup to their [booty]-shaking hit "I See You Baby". Theres Beth Orton and her sultry ambient/folk number "Stars All Seem To Weep"; Olive's cover of "I'm Not In Love", and the irresistably goofy "Bongo Bong" by Manu Chao. Theres plenty of great,diverse things on here. The only thing I would leave out is Christina Aguilera, who like this movie, is indeed a disaster.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great lazy-afternoon listening May 6 2002
By J R
Format:Audio CD
I bought this sound track simply for the Boom Boom Ba song; however, I was pleasantly surprised at the remainder of the cound track. I love this and recommend it especially for people that like to do Yoga.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This could have been a little better... Jan. 10 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I loved the movie and I'm a Madonna fan - but I think this soundtrack could have been a little better. I was very disappointed that "Putting on the Ritz" was not included. Same for Don McLean's version of American Pie (Madonna's is here and it's great) but where is Don? A couple of the songs I frankly don't remember. Also on Swayambhu (where Madonna looks at herself in the mirror and says "1989...1999") there appears to be the sound of a door shutting and some background talking - almost like it got picked up during recording...very distracting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful... Nov. 12 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful soundtracks I have ever purchased. As the film was largely overlooked, many people may ignore this album.
Produced by Madonna herself, you of course get a couple of exclusive tracks. The cover 'American Pie' (yes - she received a lot of stick for covering this, but listen to the original, and then listen to Madonnas again - hers is so much more beautiful and concise),the AMAZING (this SO should have been a single) 'Time Stood Still', without a doubt one of Madonnas most beautiful moments.
As for the other artists - Mandalay, Groove Armada, Moby and Beth Orton all supply stand out tracks, helping to create an atmospheric and chilled soundtrack.
A must for music lovers...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The next best soundtrack Nov. 8 2001
Format:Audio CD
Ok the movie was atrocious and would have been better off being called "The Next Worst Thing". Asides from the movie that should have never been made to begin with, the soundtrack is the polar opposite with its eclectic mix of pop, world and electronica music. I could have easily lived without the Christina Aguilera track. My disdain for the pop princess aside, the song in general stuck out like a sore thumb on a overall electronic-influenced score. "Don't Make Me Love You ('Til I'm Ready)" is too polished sounding for my tastes and would have been better off on a soundtrack for a teen movie.
I was originally appalled when I heard Madonna's cover of "American Pie". At the time I did not care for the butchering of a classic pop song. I also dug her other song "Time Stood Still" too. After a few more listens, I grew to love the William Orbit-produced track. Thanks to this soundtrack I got into electronic groups Mandalay, Olive and Solar Twins, especially Solar Twins. "Swayambhu" is a stunning ambient masterpiece from my favorite duo. Gabriel Yared's "Forever and Always" makes for the perfect closing for a flawed but excellent soundtrack.
With the exception of the Christina Aguilera track, the remaining songs on the soundtrack are excellent. It took me awhile for Manu Chao's "Bongo Bong" to grow on me but I love it now. Metisse's "Boom Boom Ba" is pure ear candy. And I love the tracks by Moby and Beth Orton. They are my favorite songs by those artists. So while the soundtrack is not perfect, it is immensely enjoyable to listen to for fans of trip hop and ambient music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Time Stood Still" when I heard this... Dec 11 2000
Format:Audio CD
Almost the entire album is really good. Christina Aguilera's remix of "Don't Make Me Love You" is a really cool song with an awesome beat. And Moby's "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" was a great song. But the song that stood out the most on this album for me was the song "Time Stood Still." The reason why? The exact same thing happened to me. It was as if all my emotions and words that I couldn't say were being sung to me at that moment. It is a beautiful song with an amazing orchestral background. Everytime I hear it, I cry. Listen to this song very carefully, and you'll see what I mean. Back to some other songs. Madonna's "American Pie" was a terrific song. Unlike most pop songs, this song doesn't have an annoying chorus that repeats over and over. If you are a big Madonna fan, Moby fan, or a fan of rock and pop, you will not be disappointed. Thanks for reading!
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