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Next Best Thing
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|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|
Next Best Thing ~ The Next Best Thing: Music From
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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...Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2002
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. Read morePublished on June 10 2002 by John
I bought this sound track simply for the Boom Boom Ba song; however, I was pleasantly surprised at the remainder of the cound track. Read morePublished on May 6 2002 by TJ
I loved the movie and I'm a Madonna fan - but I think this soundtrack could have been a little better. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2002
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2001 by H. R. Trigg
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. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2000
"The Next Best Thing" was a widely panned, definitely underrated Madonna film that was misunderstood by most critics but not by its audience. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2000 by James A. Allio
Madonna and William Orbit are absolutely inseparable. Since the debut of partnership in "Ray of Light", the two just keep on sparkling - well, on their music! Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2000 by Matthew M. Yau
this CD is good, but some songs are really bad ,agulera's song is super trash,I hope if william orbit die because we want our 80's madonna back.Published on Sept. 5 2000 by mohannad azzuz