Shallow Hal

Shallow Hal

     
 

Even though the Farrelly brothers are best known for the multitude of gross-out gags they pack into their puerile comedies, these scatological siblings are equally gifted at compiling excellent soundtracks. While There's Something About Mary highlighted the music of eccentric rocker Jonathan Richman, Shallow Hal<See more details below

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Even though the Farrelly brothers are best known for the multitude of gross-out gags they pack into their puerile comedies, these scatological siblings are equally gifted at compiling excellent soundtracks. While There's Something About Mary highlighted the music of eccentric rocker Jonathan Richman, Shallow Hal is anchored by a gaggle of female singer-songwriters. Among the most notable are Sheryl Crow (the sassy '80s nostalgia-soaked shuffle "Members Only"), Shelby Lynne (the lush "Wall in Your Heart," also the first single from Love, Shelby), PJ Harvey (the sweet "Good Fortune"), and Lucinda Williams (a poignant "Lonely Girls"). Rounding out the collection are Neil Young's classic "After the Gold Rush" and lesser-known names such as Boston folkie Ellis Paul with the sweeping, hip-hop-flavored "Sweet Mistakes" and the French band Phoenix with the Travis-like "Summer Days." The Farrellys' connection with an obscure '60s outfit, the Foundations, began with the extensive use of their biggest smash, "Build Me Up Buttercup," in Mary and continues with the inclusion of the band's '69 hit "Baby, Now That I've Found You." This eclectic collection of music is anything but shallow.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
With the soundtrack to Shallow Hal, the Farrelly brothers maintain their reputation for having clever, appropriate musical choices for their gross-out romantic comedies. Though it's not quite as fully realized as There's Something About Mary's Jonathan Richman-based soundtrack, or as high concept as Me, Myself & Irene's Steely Dan-obsessed collection of music, Shallow Hal is still worthwhile, starting off strong with the one-two punch of "Members Only," one of Sheryl Crow's more underrated songs, and PJ Harvey's starry-eyed "Good Fortune." Lucinda Williams' "Lonely Girls" and Shelby Lynne's "Wall in Your Heart" maintain the album's surprisingly sweet, romantic tone; Darius Rucker's solo debut, "This Is My World," takes the former Hootie & the Blowfish singer's sound in a smooth, soulful direction that fits his voice well, yet ends up sounding less distinctive than his work with his old group. Rosey's "Afterlife," Phoenix's "Summer Days," and Randy Weeks' "Countryside" are similarly pleasant yet nondescript. Where the soundtrack really shines is in its choice of vintage material, which includes Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" and Edison Lighthouse's oldie but goodie "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Grows)," which also reflects the name of the film's heavy but good-hearted love interest. But the album's cleverest stroke has to be "Baby, Now That I've Found You" by the Foundations, who also provided There's Something About Mary's surprise hit "Build Me Up Buttercup." Like many other soundtracks, Shallow Hal is often uneven, but it offers enough character to make it worthwhile for fans of the film it supports.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2001
Label:
Island
UPC:
0731458656920
catalogNumber:
586569

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phoenix   Track Performer
Shelby Lynne   Track Performer
Neil Young   Track Performer
Foundations   Track Performer
Ellis Paul   Track Performer
Edison Lighthouse   Track Performer
Rosey   Track Performer
Darius Rucker   Track Performer
Paloalto   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Charlie Sexton   Producer
Lucinda Williams   Producer
Sheryl Crow   Producer
Glen Ballard   Producer
Peter Farelly   Executive Producer
Mick Harvey   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Daryle Swann   Producer
Randy Weeks   Producer
Kristian Bush   Producer
UE Nastasi   Mastering
Tony Macaulay   Producer
Tom Wolfe   Executive Producer
Rob Ellis   Producer
David Briggs   Producer
Manish Raval   Executive Producer
A-Lex   Producer
PJ Harvey   Producer
Alf   Producer
Bobby Farrell   Executive Producer
Andy Chase   Composer
Darren "Limitless" Henson   Producer

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