Mona Lisa Smile

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The soundtrack to Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile, a Dead Poets' Society-like film set at a women's college in the '50s, features a wide array of contemporary artists covering standards from that decade. The soundtrack takes the utmost care to sound like an artifact from the early '50s, which is refreshing and frustrating in equal measure. Seal's "Mona Lisa" and Macy Gray's "Santa Baby" come so close to sounding like the versions popularized by Nat King Cole and Eartha Kitt, respectively, that it almost seems pointless to have recorded the new renditions in the first place. Yet these songs are better than Tori Amos' overly theatrical readings of "You Belong to Me" and ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The soundtrack to Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile, a Dead Poets' Society-like film set at a women's college in the '50s, features a wide array of contemporary artists covering standards from that decade. The soundtrack takes the utmost care to sound like an artifact from the early '50s, which is refreshing and frustrating in equal measure. Seal's "Mona Lisa" and Macy Gray's "Santa Baby" come so close to sounding like the versions popularized by Nat King Cole and Eartha Kitt, respectively, that it almost seems pointless to have recorded the new renditions in the first place. Yet these songs are better than Tori Amos' overly theatrical readings of "You Belong to Me" and "Murder He Says," which go beyond amusingly quirky to annoyingly quirky. Likewise, the Trevor Horn Orchestra's "Istanbul Not Constantinople" and "Sh Boom," as well as Elton John's "The Heart of Every Girl" the album's only original song are a little too cutesy for their own good. Mona Lisa Smile's best moments come from performers who don't try to emulate icons from the past or treat the songs like jokes: Chris Isaak's "Besame Mucho" is just as swoony as the versions that made it a standard during the '50s, but doesn't imitate any particular rendition; similarly, Kelly Rowland's "I'm Beginning to See the Light" is playfully flirty enough to sound like it could've been a hit in that era without trying too hard to emulate the styles of the time. Celine Dion's "Bewitched" may be the album's single best track, a lovely fusion of her own style and the vocal pop stylings of the film's era. Dion's sister diva Barbra Streisand doesn't fare quite as well with her version of "Smile"; her voice sounds as good as ever, but the song's languid pacing and the gooey strings make it sound syrupy instead of affecting. Even though the soundtrack is occasionally contrived, Mona Lisa Smile still has enough charming moments to appeal to fans of the film as well as fans of the artists on the soundtrack.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2003
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • EAN: 5099751503620
  • Catalog Number: 515036

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mona Lisa - Seal (3:11)
  2. 2 You Belong to Me - Tori Amos (3:03)
  3. 3 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - Celine Dion (2:45)
  4. 4 The Heart of Every Girl - Elton John (3:40)
  5. 5 Santa Baby - Macy Gray (3:29)
  6. 6 Murder He Says - Tori Amos (3:22)
  7. 7 Besame Mucho - Chris Isaak (2:46)
  8. 8 Secret Love - Mandy Moore (3:40)
  9. 9 What'll I Do - Alison Krauss (3:12)
  10. 10 Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - Trevor Horn Orchestra (2:26)
  11. 11 Sh Boom (Life Could Be a Dream) - Trevor Horn Orchestra (2:49)
  12. 12 I'm Beginning to See the Light - Kelly Rowland (1:46)
  13. 13 I've Got the World on a String - Lisa Stansfield (2:20)
  14. 14 Smile - Barbra Streisand (4:17)
  15. 15 Suite - Rachel Portman (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Trevor Horn Leader
Technical Credits
Victor Herbert Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Barbra Streisand Producer
Elton John Composer
Johnny Hodges Composer
Harry James Composer
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Charlie Chaplin Composer
David Daoud Coleman Art Direction
Duke Ellington Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Humberto Gatica Vocal Engineer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Trevor Horn Producer
Jay Livingston Composer
Rachel Portman Composer
Dave Reitzas Engineer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Paul Webster Composer
Randall Poster Soundtrack Executive Producer
Philip Springer Composer
Carl Feaster Composer
Floyd McRae Composer
Geoff Parsons Composer
John Turner Composer
Lia Vollack Soundtrack Executive Producer
Ted Koehler Composer
Don George Composer
Nat Simon Composer
Consuelo Velázquez Composer
Tony Springer Composer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Robert Orton Engineer
Chilton Price Composer
Glen Bruman Soundtrack Executive Producer
Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas Soundtrack Executive Producer
Dan Gautreau Pro-Tools
Joan Javits Composer
Stephanie Nolan Composer
J. Kennedy Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Nostalgic CD

    This soundtrack is fabulous. There are many hidden treasures contained on this CD. If you enjoy nostalgic songs from the 50's, run out and buy this CD. You won't be sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great old standards for a younger generation

    I truely enjoy this cd. It's the music my parents grew up to and still listen to but with a younger generation of singers. It's fun, romantic and classic. I haven't seen the movie yet but if it's as good as the soundtrack, it won't be beat.

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