As a Gerard Butler fan, I bought the CD in anticipation of the movie. I expected to come home and write a great review for the CD. However, I am SO disappointed. Where are Gerry's songs? For that matter, where is Hilary's song? Despite what Harry Connick Jr. told her, she did sing well. Oh, listen to me, I am rambling on. Disappointment does that to a person.
Let me deal with what fans have been dealt: this particular CD with these particular artists. It's not their fault. I have several favorites:
"Carousel,"Laura Izibor--love her bluesy/jazzy voice
"Fortress," Hope--her voice has the right melancholy
"My Sweet Song," Toby Lightman--my favorite, she sings a pure torch song
"No Other Love," Chuck Prophet--another great one, raspy voice
"If I ever leave this world alive" Flogging Molly--pure Irish
Side note: Nellie McKay, who sings the title song, plays Hilary's sister.
One national reviewer suggested Jennifer Garner would have played the role lighter. I beg to differ: Hilary Swank was perfect. Gerard Butler was perfect. Everyone was perfect, even Danny from Grey's Anatomy, who played Gerry's friend in Ireland.
I look forward to many more hours of listening pleasure from this CD. There, I'm over it. Can't wait to buy the DVD!!