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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 94 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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By A Customer on Feb. 22 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I bought this album, I was expecting to only enjoy the two new Madonna tracks. I was so wrong! This is a great selection of dance tracks and haunting ballads. On the dance side of things, we have Groove Armada's "If Everybody Looked The Same", Madonna's "American Pie" and Olive's truly brilliant cover version of the old 10-CC hit, "I'm Not In Love". On the ballad side, we have Beth Orton's mournful, "Stars All Seem To Weep", Mandalay's delicate "This Life" and best of the lot, Madonna's heartfelt "Time Stood Still". Madonna sounds as good as she's ever done on this brand new track, and of course, William Orbit's co-production is exqusite as usual. One of the album's highlights is the opening track, "Boom Boom Ba" by Metisse. It's like a cross between Enigma, Enya and Madonna, and it works! Also, "Swayambhu" by Solar Twins is so incredibly gorgeous. It can only be described as a "techno-hymn". It really is beautiful.
Overall, this is a sophisticated album which has been very well chosen with the possible exception of Christina Aguilera's "Don't Make Me Love You". It's cute, but does it really belong on this CD?
I'd say if you're a fan of Madonna's recent work, and is willing to listen to music that she finds interesting, then definitely give this album a listen.
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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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Like many people who bought or will be buying this soundtrack, the main attraction is of course Madonna's 2 contributions 'American Pie' and 'Time Stood Still'. As with previous William Orbit collaborations, these two tracks are simply excellent and sounds like an extension to Madonna's critically acclaimed Ray of Light album. I have not heard of the original version of 'American Pie', but thought that Madonna's version is quite upbeat and fun (though the lyrics are a bit dubious...). 'Time Stood Still' actually sounded a bit like her single 'The Power of Goodbye' but is actually more accessible and much more listenable than the latter. As the album executive producer of the album, Madonna chooses the tracks that are featured on this album, so you can be sure that these must be some of her favourites at the moment. The other songs on the soundtrack are all very good too, like Metisse's quirky 'Boom Boom Ba'; and Christina Aguilera's 'Don't Make Me Love You' (for those of you who have bought Christina's 'Genie In A Bottle' single which also features 'Don't', rest assured that the version on this soundtrack is a slightly different one as compared to the one on the single. This version features a much more complex sounding music, and the vocal arrangement on this version is tighter and the whole production actually sounds much more smoother! ). Special mentions must also go to Groove Armada's upbeat 'If Everybody Looked The Same', Moby's 'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad' and Manu Chao's 'Bongo Bong'. A very highly recommended soundtrack! It is a shame that Warner chooses not to released 'American Pie' as a single in the U.S, but maybe that will help to push up the sales for this great soundtrack!
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