Desperate Housewives [TV Soundtrack]

Desperate Housewives [TV Soundtrack]

     
 
It's not easy being a homemaker these days. But if ABC's hit series has taught us anything, it's that the life of a desperate housewife is anything but dull. The sparkle and wit that's attracted so many diehard fans to the show sizzles through this soundtrack, which features an A-list of female pop singers tackling both new songs and thematically relevant cover tunes.

Overview

It's not easy being a homemaker these days. But if ABC's hit series has taught us anything, it's that the life of a desperate housewife is anything but dull. The sparkle and wit that's attracted so many diehard fans to the show sizzles through this soundtrack, which features an A-list of female pop singers tackling both new songs and thematically relevant cover tunes. Standouts among the originals include Shania Twain's twangy "Shoes," a clever extended pun comparing men to shoes ("Some you wear in, some you wear out, and some you wanna leave behind"), and the steamy, soulful "Damsel in Distress" by Wicked star Idina Menzel. The cover versions portray the conflicted feelings and situations inhabited by the women of Wisteria Lane, complete with the requisite black humor. The Indigo Girls maintain the dark streak running through Paul Simon's otherwise winsome Graduate hit "Mrs. Robinson," Martina McBride injects Tom T. Hall's "Harper Valley PTA" with the appropriate sass, and Sara Evans amps up the hilarity on the Loretta Lynn hit "One's On the Way." Some tunes hit awfully close to home -- Liz Phair's sweet spin on the Stones' "Mother's Little Helper" captures Lynette's pill-popping habit, and Gloria Estefan's shimmery rendering of Candi Staton's disco hit "Young Hearts Run Free" embodies Gabrielle's restrained exuberance. Sprinkled with wry bits of dialogue and capped off with Danny Elfman's theme, Desperate Housewives does the women of Wisteria Lane proud.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Apart from Danny Elfman's score, music doesn't play a big part on Marc Cherry's runaway television hit Desperate Housewives, but any show that's this popular gets a soundtrack anyway -- hence, the fall 2005 release of Music from and Inspired by Desperate Housewives, just in time for the DVD release of the first season and the debut of the second. Since there's not much music in the show, that means that the 13 songs here are all "inspired" by the series -- which, in turn, means that they're all songs about marriage or girl power, all performed by female artists. Instead of relying on previously released material, the producers have commissioned new recordings, which helps give this a fresh feel even if there are no less than six covers of well-known oldies about marriage and motherhood. At first, the artist lineup looks rather diverse, since it contains everything from Shania Twain and Martina McBride to Liz Phair, Joss Stone, Gloria Estefan, Indigo Girls, and Macy Gray, but it doesn't take long to realize that everything here is firmly within the confines of adult pop, fitting both adult contemporary and adult alternative formats quite nicely. This is classy and clever, well-produced music that is not without a few missteps (chief among them Liz Phair's flat-footed "Mother's Little Helper" and Macy Gray's jazzy "Boom Boom"), but is heavier on the highlights: Anna Nalick belts out "Band of Gold," Shania Twain's "Shoes" is sublimely silly, Joss Stone's "Treat Me Right (I'm Yours for Life)" has a nicely mellow groove, and Sara Evans' treatment of "One's on the Way" may be faithful but it's still a lot of fun. These are of such a similar mind set that the snippets of dialogue from the show are not only not needed to tie this together, but they get to be a little irritating (and Mary Alice's voice-over narration has never sounded so smug and cloying as it does here, separated from the visuals). All the same, Desperate Housewives is a surprisingly entertaining soundtrack, especially for a show that doesn't really feature pop music in the first place.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616249920
catalogNumber:
162499
Rank:
177972

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Mike Johnson   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tom Bukavac   Guitar
Penny Foster   Background Vocals
Lisa Marie Queally   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Danny Elfman   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Tim Heintz   Composer
Peter Collins   Producer
Chris Gantry   Composer
Martina McBride   Producer
Jimmy Murphy   Composer
Jann Arden   Producer
Shania Twain   Composer
Teddy Borowiecki   Producer
Lawrence Dermer   Producer
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
Emilio Estefan   Producer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer
David Lyndon Huff   Producer
k.d. lang   Producer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Arranger,Producer
David Leonard   Engineer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Pat Murphy   Composer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Keith Richards   Composer
Olle Romo   Programming,Engineer
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Diane Warren   Composer
John Alagia   Producer
Marc Cherry   Liner Notes,Executive Soundtrack Producer
Sara Evans   Producer
Mark Dobson   Engineer
Christopher Thorn   Producer
Matt Serletic   Producer
Jamie Houston   Producer
Macy Gray   Producer
Greg Collins   Engineer
Michel Gallone   Programming,Vocal Engineer
Desirée Craig-Ramos   Soundtrack Director
Tammy Hyler   Composer
Jamie O'Neal   Composer
Richard Furch   Engineer
Russell Broom   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Eric Weaver   Engineer
Boots Ottestad   Composer
Jeff Cohen   Composer
John McBride   Engineer
Matt Evans   Producer
Eric Bradley Smith   Producer
Sabrina Wind   Executive Soundtrack Producer

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