Big Daddy

Big Daddy

     
 

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Sheryl Crow covering Guns N' Roses? Yes, and it works, big-time. Replacing the electric roar of the original with a folk-rocking groove that still catches all of GNR's urgency, "Sweet Child o' Mine" as interpreted by the feisty Crow seems destined for hit status all over again. Another unlikely remake on this nicely balanced soundtrack is Everlast and the White Folx's

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Sheryl Crow covering Guns N' Roses? Yes, and it works, big-time. Replacing the electric roar of the original with a folk-rocking groove that still catches all of GNR's urgency, "Sweet Child o' Mine" as interpreted by the feisty Crow seems destined for hit status all over again. Another unlikely remake on this nicely balanced soundtrack is Everlast and the White Folx's terrific take on Neil Young's weepy hippie classic "Only Love Can Break Your Heart." Here, the laconic E rides a slinky funk groove overlaid with turntable scratching and slide guitars that help make lyrics like "I have a friend I've never seen/ He hides his head inside a dream" go down nice and easy. Shawn Mullin pulls off George Harrison's 1970 hit "What Is Life" with ease, while Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You" and Styx's "Babe" add a little pop authenticity. Still, BIG DADDY isn't a just a retro-fest. New tracks from Garbage, Limp Bizkit, Rufus Wainwright, and the Pharcyde keep things pumping with late '90s blood. And for those who can't get enough of the film, there's six Adam Sandler soundbites to get you through the day.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's a rule that a big-budget film needs a soundtrack. Fans will want a souvenir of the film and the soundtrack stands as a good advertisement for the film. That's the case with Big Daddy, a typical hodgpodge of covers, oldies, new cuts and dialouge that either promotes the film or inspires fond memories of it, since it surely doesn't hold up as an album of its own. Instead, it's a series of moments, highlighted by the high-profile covers -- Sheryl Crow's "Sweet Child O' Mine," Everlast & the White Folx's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and Shawn Mullins' "What Is Life." Not that these are the best moments on the album, but they are the tracks that are designed for maximum radio exposure. Of the three, Crow's Americana revamping of Guns N' Roses is the most successful; not that it was necessary, but it is done well. Everlast's reading of Neil Young sounds like "What It's Like" with a stronger melody (and pales in comparison to St. Etienne's warped disco/house revamping of the tune) and Mullins' cover of Harrison is too faithful. Surprisingly, the real standouts on the record are from Melanie C, whose "Ga Ga" is a truly irresistable piece of pop that suggests she may be the one Spice Girl who has a future outside of the group, and Rufus Wainwright's bubblegum-tinted cover of Seth Swirsky's "Instant Pleasure." Of course, the oldies from Yvonne Elliman ("If I Can't Have You"), Big Audio Dynamite ("Rush"), Styx ("Babe") and the Pharcyde ("Passing Me By") sound as good as they ever have, and they sit will with highlights from recent albums by Garbage ("When I Grow Up") and Limp Bizkit ("Just Like This"), but listening to the album without hearing the movie is distracting. The songs don't really hold together and the dialogue is often inaudible or just not funny without knowing their context in the film (the same is true for Tim Herlihy's childrens song parody, "The Kangaroo Song"). Fans of the film may find this soundtrack entertaining enough, since it does have its moments, but there's nothing on Big Daddy that really makes the record special.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2006
Label:
Imports
UPC:
9399700067583
catalogNumber:
88418

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Audio Dynamite   Track Performer
Styx   Track Performer
Yvonne Elliman   Track Performer
Pharcyde   Track Performer
Sheryl Crow   Track Performer
Adam Sandler   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Track Performer
Shawn Mullins   Track Performer
Rufus Wainwright   Track Performer
Limp Bizkit   Track Performer
Tim Herlihy   Track Performer
Wise Guys   Track Performer
Allen Covert   Track Performer
Melanie C   Track Performer
Rob Schneider   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part

Technical Credits

Brooks Arthur   Score Producer
Everlast   Producer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Izzy Stradlin   Composer
Sheryl Crow   Producer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Steven Adler   Composer
Terry Date   Producer
Michael Dilbeck   Executive Producer
George Drakoulias   Producer
Russ Fowler   Engineer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Shirley Manson   Producer
Steve Marker   Producer
Duff McKagan   Composer
Axl Rose   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer,Executive Producer
David Schiffman   Engineer
Slash   Composer
Butch Vig   Producer
Adam Sandler   Executive Producer
Garbage   Producer
Duke Erikson   Producer
D. Stewart   Composer
R. Robinson   Composer
John Gamble   Producer,Engineer
Limp Bizkit   Producer
Greg Fidelman   Engineer
David Richards   Engineer
Dante Ross   Producer
Fred Durst   Composer
Paul Foley   Engineer
Emandu Wilcox   Composer
Tré Hardson   Composer
Billy Bush   Engineer
Wes Borland   Composer
J.T. Martinez   Composer
Michael Tuller   Programming
Blumpy   Programming
John Otto   Composer
Sam Rivers   Composer

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