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Next Best Thing


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 22 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004GOVT
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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"The Next Best Thing" was a widely panned, definitely underrated Madonna film that was misunderstood by most critics but not by its audience. From the opening credits showing Los Angeles neighborhoods and a yoga class scored with Metisse's sultry, haunting "Boom Boom Ya" to Madonna's graveside a capella of "American Pie" (much more produced here), music was integral to this film. In keeping with her current infatuation with French and British dance/trance/techno bass-ed sounds, the material here is of a highly danceable piece and flows effortlessly. Even the Christina Aguilera track ("Dont Make Me Love You Til I'm Ready") shows remarkable prescience; Madonna picked the most substantive teen girl pop singer for this project. Manu Chao contributes the whimsical "Bongo Song," "If Everybody Looked the Same" from Groove Armada is rousing and majestic, Moby's "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" will stop yours, Madonna's own "Time Stood Still" is tender and sweetly sad. The only track that falls flat to me is Olive's "I'm Not in Love," the 10CC hit which is rendered competently and contemporaneously here. I guess I still have fond memories of Dee Dee Sharp Gamble's definitive cover. This is one soundtrack that works equally well as an album, on the dance floor or in the ambient lounge.
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Wow, what can be said about Madonna and this soundtrack she assembled.
Exotic, Top Class Artists Abound. With the Exception of Beth Orton, Whose Stars All Seem To Put You To Sleep.
American Pie is pure Genius!
Written by Don McLean, Produced by Madonna/William Orbit.
It is fresh, progressive, catchy, beautiful bubbly soda cracker jack n' jill POP!
Madonna chose the most evocative lyrics from McLean's original and transforms a song about the death of Buddy Holly into an amazing tale of life, love, religion, and music. Her own story, you could say.
For those of you apprehensive about her take on this legend, here are Don McLean's comments about the new American Pie:
"Madonna is a colossus in the music industry and she is going to be considered an important historical figure as well.
She is a fine singer, a fine songwriter and record producer, and she has the power to guarantee success with any song she chooses to record.
It is a gift for her to have recorded 'American Pie.' I have heard her version and I think it is sensual and mystical.
I also feel that she's chosen autobiographical verses that reflect her career and personal history.
I hope it will cause people to ask what's happening to music in America.
I have received many gifts from God but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess."
Thank you, Sir. God Bless. Nuff Said.
The Madonna original, Time Stood Still, will send shivers up and down your spine, through you, and above you.
It's heavenly. Should angels choose to sing, they would choose this song as their heavenly hymn.
Madonna's songwriting has never been better. Passionate, Spiritual, Melancholic...
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