Bridget Jones's Diary

Bridget Jones's Diary

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When she published Bridget Jones's Diary in the mid-'90s, budding British writer Helen Fielding not only stumbled on a blockbuster of a novel, she also created a thirtysomething every woman character whose obsessions with men, her weight, and her various inadequacies touched a real nerve with female folks all over the globe. So it's no surprise to finding this

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When she published Bridget Jones's Diary in the mid-'90s, budding British writer Helen Fielding not only stumbled on a blockbuster of a novel, she also created a thirtysomething every woman character whose obsessions with men, her weight, and her various inadequacies touched a real nerve with female folks all over the globe. So it's no surprise to finding this engaging story up on the big screen (with Renée Zellweger as Bridget), accompanied by a punchy, ladies-only soundtrack -- the exception being Brit pop star Robbie Williams, who offers a rousing, big-band style take on the Sinatra classic "Have You Met Miss Jones" and the lightly romantic original "Not of This Earth." The rest of the tracks focus on some of today's most commanding female singers, including Grammy winner Shelby Lynne (the booming new "Killin' Kind" and the previously released "Dreamsome"), Sheryl Crow (the rousing new track "Kiss That Girl"), and Tracy Bonham, whose "Just Perfect" has an Aimee Mann-like lilt. Elsewhere, onetime Spice Girl Geri Halliwell shakes her groove thang on a cover of the Weathergirls' hit "It's Raining Men" and Australian-born singer Jamie O'Neal sheds her country leanings on a version of Eric Carmen's '70s power ballad "All By Myself." Rounding out this addictive disc are a couple of vintage tracks from the '70s -- Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye's soulful duet "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" and Chaka Khan's insanely appropriate disco tune "I'm Every Woman" -- and one track's worth of score material from Scottish composer/actor Patrick Doyle. And to up the Bridgetness quotient, the disc is also enhanced to include a "Bridget-o-Meter" (a self-graded quiz); half of the first chapter of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason; and links to a web site that includes an author biography, photos from the film, and notes on the artists.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brad Kohlenstein
Based on the comic best-seller, Bridget Jones's Diary documents a year in the life of an unmarried 30-something publisher. She searches for love, self-confidence, and a slimmer waistline in a struggle to become the "perfect modern woman." The resulting soundtrack assembles a cavalry of strong female artists. Chaka Khan's dance anthem "I'm Every Woman" feels like the centerpiece for this collection that includes new music from Sheryl Crow, Shelby Lynn, and Tracy Bonham. Aside from score composer Patrick Doyle, the only boys invited to play here are British heartthrob Robbie Williams and Marvin Gaye, who shares his space with Diana Ross on their Motown classic, "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)." Williams appears twice and offers one of the many remakes on the album, a charming version of Frank Sinatra's "Have You Met Miss Jones?" Other covers include a just-as-sappy rendition of Eric Carmen's "All By Myself" and a smooth R&B take on Van Morrison's "Someone Like You." Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell contributes a catchy but slightly painful version of "It's Raining Men," while some of the album's more interesting tracks come from its lesser-known artists. Popular U.K. acts Gabrielle and Alisha's Attic deliver distinctive ballads, and promising New Yorker Rosey brands her own form of bluesy pop
ock on "Love." Despite several edgy performers, the collection has an easy listening feel. It lacks the feel-good hits common to successful soundtracks and may have been well served to trade in some of the sentiment for a little more fun. However, each selection feels right for the film. The album is nostalgic while still in vogue, full of both kitsch and ardor, just like any romantic comedy should be.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
Label:
Island
UPC:
0731454879729
catalogNumber:
548797
Rank:
38061

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shelby Lynne   Track Performer
Marvin Gaye   Track Performer
Diana Ross   Track Performer
Dina Carroll   Track Performer
Chaka Khan   Track Performer
Tracy Bonham   Track Performer
Alisha's Attic   Track Performer
Robbie Williams   Track Performer
Geri Halliwell   Track Performer
James Shearman   Conductor
Dominic Kelly   Oboe

Technical Credits

Paul Jabara   Composer
Steve Power   Producer
Peter Collins   Producer
Gene Page   Arranger
Paul Shaffer   Composer
Sheryl Crow   Producer
Glen Ballard   Producer
Bill Bottrell   Producer
Scott Campbell   Engineer
Guy Chambers   Producer
Hal Davis   Producer
John Kelton   Engineer
Steve Lipson   Producer
Steve Lowery   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Mike Melnick   Engineer
Heff Moraes   Engineer
Keith Stegall   Producer
Jeff Trott   Producer
Johnathan Shorten   Producer
Tracy Bonham   Composer
Patrick Doyle   Orchestration
Kathy Nelson   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Maggie Rodford   Score Producer
Lawrence Ashmore   Orchestration
Nick Wollage   Engineer
James Shearman   Orchestration
John Bell   Orchestration
Justin Fraser   Engineer
Fionn Ó Lochlainn   Producer
Dean Baskerville   Engineer
Alan Pell   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Rachel Levy   Producer
Nick Angel   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Darryl Swan   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Perry Montague-Mason   Orchestra Leader
Pat Doyle   Composer
Annie Balliro   Producer

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Bridget Jones's Diary 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not the soundtrack for the film. But it's nice. Just be aware.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent CD. I really enjoyed it. However I was a little disappointed because a few of the songs are not the same as the movie. I found them on an import copy. The only way to get them is to go to other sites online. This second CD has all the songs and a few more. Good choice is to buy both.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great CD. I loved the movie and love the soundtrack too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Feminist music for all moods!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
''It's Only A Diary'' by Patrick Doyle is beautiful ... the melody is lovely orchestrated in the most pleasant tempo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love the Cd. But what happened to the fun song that is playing when Bridget is grocery shopping on her birthday? It starts out: ''I feel fantastic....'' Does anyone know who sings that? It's really fun and upbeat. But the Gabrielle song is really great. Really beautiful. The whole CD is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most lovely, heartwarming and romantic soundtracks I've listened...a perfect gift for christmas or valentines...Don't miss the show!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great songs but what happened to Van Morrision's ''Somebody Like You''? He sings it in the movie but someone else does it on the CD.