Duets [Original Soundtrack]

Duets [Original Soundtrack]

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True to its name, the comedy Duets pairs real-life musicians and actors and plops them, microphones in hand, at the altar of karaoke. Surprisingly, the non-singers of the group hold their own, with special mention going to leading lady Gwyneth Paltrow. In her role as the daughter of a con artist played by rocker Huey Lewis, she

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True to its name, the comedy Duets pairs real-life musicians and actors and plops them, microphones in hand, at the altar of karaoke. Surprisingly, the non-singers of the group hold their own, with special mention going to leading lady Gwyneth Paltrow. In her role as the daughter of a con artist played by rocker Huey Lewis, she proves to be an able partner to her dad on a sweet-sounding version of Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'" and also does justice on a duet with Babyface of the Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)." Both Lewis and Paltrow also take solo turns: Lewis covers both Joe Cocker (a brassy "Feeling Alright") and Jackie Wilson (a soulful "Lonely Teardrops"), while Paltrow serves up a raspy, techno rendition of Kim Carnes's "Bette Davis Eyes." Other thespians who come through with flying colors are former ER starlet Maria Bello, who turns in a techno stab at the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and a sultry version of the Bonnie Raitt ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me," and Paul Giamatti, who gives a straightforward reading of Todd Rundgren's "Hello, It's Me" but cuts loose alongside jazz singer Arnold McCuller on the standard "Try a Little Tenderness." They may not be pairings for the ages, but these duets offer lots more than the chuckles you might expect.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The original soundtrack to Bruce Paltrow's karaoke drama Duets follows up on the film's premise, collecting the actors' performances of pop favorites. Huey Lewis' "Feelin' Alright," Maria Bello's "I Can't Make You Love Me," and John Pinette's "Copacabana" may not equal the original versions, but they're still entertaining enough in the album's context. Similarly, Gwyneth Paltrow's duets with Babyface ("Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)") and Lewis ("Cruisin'") are as interesting for their sheer novelty as for the discovery that Paltrow has a surprisingly good singing voice. However, Paul Giamatti's sweetly awkward "Hello, It's Me" and Paltrow's guileless reading of "Bette Davis Eyes" go one step farther, imbuing their performances with the desperation and vulnerability that drives their characters. As with the film, Duets is a personal and occasionally captivating -- if not always successful -- soundtrack.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616224125
catalogNumber:
162241

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Performance Credits

Babyface   Track Performer
Huey Lewis   Track Performer
Arnold McCuller   Track Performer
John Pinette   Track Performer
Paul Giamatti   Track Performer
Gwyneth Paltrow   Track Performer
Maria Bello   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dave Mason   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Annie Lennox   Composer
Larry Hirsch   Engineer
Larry Klein   Producer
Dave Stewart   Composer
Babyface   Producer
Helix Hadar   Engineer
Joao de Barro   Composer
Gwendolyn B. Gordy   Composer

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Duets [Original Soundtrack] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've have been in this business for over 10 years, this movie is the closest that I've ever seen produced. A very warm and exciting movie to change the prospective of Karaoke.Once people get up and sing they will never stop no matter what their age is.I've done over 200 singing contests in America and over seas this is very exciting for all involved. Last year we came out with a Karaoke Player called the ''Duet''what a rush when I found out about the movie. You can't go wrong going to see this movie. LJ.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well I seen the comercials and that made me want to see it. Mostly to hear the song Gewinith sings.Its so pretty. The movies o.k. but in a way it was a little predictable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not since Jim Carrey in ''The Cable Guy'' has anyone actually approached the subject of karaoke and done it justice. Realistically portrayed this time though, the movie and the soundtrack shows that normal people are always looking for their 15 minutes of fame and looking for it every saturday night. The soundtrack songs sound just as good as remakes because they are. If you're looking for an album that brings back old memories and breathes new life this is the soundtrack to buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I have seen in a long time. I love Huey Lewis (and the News) and I was so excited to see him sing ''Cruisin'' with Gwyneth. The first time I heard it, I couldn't believe that she had such a great voice. Hopefully her and Huey will do some other songs together in the future!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have to say this is the next best movie to Pretty Women. Its funny and very touching. I loved it so much I wanted to go back in and see it again. The duet they sing together is excellent and sounds so good. I bought the CD already. Go see it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie based on the preview where Gwyneth Paltrow was singing ''Cruisin''' with Huey Lewis. It sounded good and I figured they used a singer and Paltrow was lip-synching; never have I been so happy to be wrong. Of all the actors that sing on this album (all can carry a tune), she is the only one who could sing for a living. Her cover of 'Bette Davis eyes' is faster than the original and very, very sexy. Her two duets on the soundtrack are also excellent! What I wonder is why she's never tried to capitalize on her vocal talent before this movie. If Jennifer Lopez could go from acting to singing, why not Gwyneth? She has a stronger, more soulful voice than Lopez and more pleasant tones than a lot of female singers currently in the spotlight. Even if you have no interest in the movie (which is more depressing than the previews make it seem), the soundtrack is a definite winner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've seen the movie, you'll want the soundtrack. I am living Paul Giamattie's life and couldn't help but smile when you hear him sing.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew Gwenyth could sing... but Andre Brauer? He blew me away with his performance in the movie. I wonder why he isn't on the CD... I wish it were him on this CD... I still will buy it! I rewound my video tape 'til it wore out!