De-lovely Music From The Motion Picture

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Label: COLUMBIA
Catalog: CK90640
Format: CD

Soundtrack

1. It's De-Lovely - Robbie Williams 2. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) - Alanis Morissette 3. Begin The Beguine - Sheryl Crow 4. Let's Misbehave - Elvis Costello 5. Be A Clown - Chorus 6. Night And Day - John Barrowman 7. True Love - Ashley Judd and Tayler Hamilton 8. What Is This Thing Called Love? - Lemar 9. I Love You - Mick Hucknall 10. Just One Of Those Things - Diana Krall 11. Anything Goes - Chorus 12. Experiment - Kevin Kline 13. Love For Sale - Vivian Green 14. So In Love - Lara Fabian 15. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Natalie Cole 16. Blow, Gabriel, Blow - Jonathan Pryce, Kevin Kline, Cast and Chorus 17. In the Still Of The Night - Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd 18. You're The Top - Cole Porter

At first glance, the approach picked for De-Lovely will be familiar to those who already own Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter. On both albums, contemporary pop stars cover classics by Porter. But many of the interpretations on Red Hot + Blue were modernized, whereas the approach on De-Lovely is more traditional---it's the soundtrack to a biopic about Porter, after all, so a classic (though not quite period) sound prevails. What's surprising is how well many of the singers deal with the songs without the crutch of a contemporary pop retooling. Who would have thought that Alanis Morissette had such a natural affinity for "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)," for instance? She fares equally well in her screen cameo, whereas Diana Krall sounds superb on "Just One of Those Things" but looks horribly uncomfortable in the movie. Other good surprises include Robbie Williams's "It's De-Lovely" and Kevin Kline as Porter, coming across as a more-tuneful Rex Harrison. Elvis Costello, meanwhile, confirms he's a better songwriter than singer, and as Linda Porter, Ashley Judd is hesitant at best. In a nice touch, a recording of Cole Porter himself performing "You're the Top" provides the album's coda. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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