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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
     

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

 

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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason picks up where 2001's campy comedy Bridget Jones's Diary left off, with leading lady Renée Zellweger still embroiled in a love triangle with gentleman Colin Firth and cad Hugh Grant. Like the original, the follow-up soundtrack features both bitter and sweet love songs. Accented by his trademark lisp, U.K. Pop

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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason picks up where 2001's campy comedy Bridget Jones's Diary left off, with leading lady Renée Zellweger still embroiled in a love triangle with gentleman Colin Firth and cad Hugh Grant. Like the original, the follow-up soundtrack features both bitter and sweet love songs. Accented by his trademark lisp, U.K. Pop Idol Will Young gives an inspired cover of Sade's "Your Love Is King," while Mary J. Blige puts a bluesy spin on her rendition of Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word." But like the film's heroine, the disc remains hopelessly romantic -- its more blissful moments include Kylie Minogue's infectious "Can't Get You Out of My Head," Minnie Ripperton's euphoric "Lovin' You," and Beyoncé's rump-shaker "Crazy in Love."

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
While the soundtrack to Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason mostly follows in the MOR footsteps of the original movie's music, it does feature a somewhat hipper and more diverse collection of songs, suggesting that Bridget's taste in music has broadened in between films. Along with high-drama ballads like Jamelia's "Stop" and Mary J. Blige's cover of "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" -- both of which are tailor-made for breakup scenes -- the soundtrack includes the Darkness' "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," which might seem like a strange choice at first, but is nevertheless giddy enough to fit into a quirky rom-com like this one. In keeping with the first movie's soundtrack, Bridget Jones: The End of Reason emphasizes its Britishness with plenty of songs by U.K. artists, including Pop Idol winner Will Young's smooth-bordering-on-slick version of "Your Love Is King" and Joss Stone's "Super Duper Love (Are You Digging On Me?)," a track from her first album that shows off her charm far better than her work on the Alfie soundtrack. Jamie Cullum's take on "Everlasting Love" lacks the wit of his original music, but his skill at making the usually buoyant song sound smoky is admirable. However, Robbie Williams' "Misunderstood," which he co-wrote with British pop fixture Stephen Duffy, is an outright dud; it's surprising that something so dull could be made by two of the most colorful personalities in the U.K.'s music scene. But, aside from Rufus Wainwright and Dido's heartbreaking reading of "I Eat Dinner (When the Hunger's Gone)," which was written by Wainwright's mother, Anna McGarrigle, most of the album's strongest moments come from the past, whether recent (Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head," Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love") or more distant (10cc's "I'm Not in Love," Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You"). It's a little on the long side and not the most creative soundtrack, but Bridget Jones: The End of Reason is a generally enjoyable, if slick, musical counterpart to the film's frothy romantic shenanigans.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602498641583
catalogNumber:
000356602

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Elton John   Composer
Minnie Riperton   Composer
Sting   Composer
Stephen Duffy   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Mac Gayden   Composer
Graham Gouldman   Composer
Eugene Record   Composer
Eric Stewart   Composer
Cathy Dennis   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Buzz Cason   Composer
10cc   Producer
Sade Adu   Composer
Bruce Brody   Composer
Sam Brown   Composer
Jimmy Jam   Producer
Terry Lewis   Producer
Stuart Matthewman   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Kate McGarrigle   Composer
Robbie Williams   Composer
John Shanks   Producer
Rollo   Producer
Harry Gregson-Williams   Composer,Producer
James "Big Jim" Wright   Producer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Beyoncé   Composer,Producer
Rich Harrison   Composer,Producer
Nick Angel   Executive Producer
Pedro Ferreira   Producer,Engineer
Justin Hawkins   Composer
Rob Davis   Composer
Beeban Kidron   Liner Notes
Dan Hawkins   Composer
Willie Garner   Composer

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