What Women Want [Explicit Lyrics]

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kevin Giordano
The slightly uneven but solicitous soundtrack for the Mel Gibson/Alan Alda flick What Women Want features hits from popular music's golden era, when Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. headlined huge Vegas shows and martinis were the drink du jour. Like the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack -- which established nouveau jazz singer/pianist Harry Connick Jr.'s career -- this album relies on its connections to the past, but makes more of an effort to give the music a post-millennial update, which results in an awkward generation gap. Still, you'll revel in Sammy Davis Jr.'s take on the Johnny Mercer classic "Something's Gotta Give" and Tony Bennett's pop standard "The Good ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kevin Giordano
The slightly uneven but solicitous soundtrack for the Mel Gibson/Alan Alda flick What Women Want features hits from popular music's golden era, when Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. headlined huge Vegas shows and martinis were the drink du jour. Like the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack -- which established nouveau jazz singer/pianist Harry Connick Jr.'s career -- this album relies on its connections to the past, but makes more of an effort to give the music a post-millennial update, which results in an awkward generation gap. Still, you'll revel in Sammy Davis Jr.'s take on the Johnny Mercer classic "Something's Gotta Give" and Tony Bennett's pop standard "The Good Life." Bobby Darin delivers Sinatra-style crooning on his classic "Mack the Knife," and Sinatra himself performs "Too Marvelous for Words," the playful "I Won't Dance," and the intensely vulnerable ballad "I've Got You Under My Skin." But the soundtrack changes course with the inclusion of rocker Meredith Brooks' angry, but passionate track "Bitch" and the teeny-pop of Christina Aguilera's "What a Girl Wants." As it turns out, classic Vegas-style crooning clashes with the gritty electric guitars and slick production of MTV-era pop. Even so, all of the tunes here play into the theme of romance and individuality, even while straddling the gap between 1950s glitz and shiny 2000 pop.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The film What Women Want is a fantasy and romantic comedy centered on an advertising executive who loves the 1950s music of Frank Sinatra and embodies some of its "ring-a-ding-ding" attitudes until one of those magical things that happen only in the movies changes his outlook. The character's musical taste drives this various-artists soundtrack album Alan Silvestri's score is restricted to a three-minute excerpt at the end, one of the few ever to boast Sinatra tracks when Sinatra himself didn't star in the film, along with similar material performed by Sinatra contemporaries Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peggy Lee, Lou Rawls, and Nancy Wilson, with the Temptations contributing a reading of Cole Porter's "Night and Day" and Nnenna Freelon a newly recorded version of the 1929 song "If I Had You." All of this makes for a reasonable sampler of '50s and early-'60s style pop singing, except for a couple of late-'90s hits jarringly thrown into the mix. No doubt Meredith Brooks' "Bitch" and Christina Aguilera's "What a Girl Wants" comment on the film's basic plot -- a man who suddenly finds himself able to read women's minds -- but these contemporary pop
ock recordings seriously upset the album's mood. So it goes with soundtrack albums, though, and people buying the album as a souvenir of the film probably won't mind.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646159545
  • Catalog Number: 61595

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Something's Gotta Give (2:06)
  2. 2 Too Marvelous for Words (2:27)
  3. 3 The Best Is Yet to Come (2:22)
  4. 4 I Won't Dance (3:22)
  5. 5 Bitch (4:13)
  6. 6 The Good Life - Tony Bennett (2:15)
  7. 7 Mack the Knife (3:08)
  8. 8 I've Got You Under My Skin (3:42)
  9. 9 If I Had You (4:48)
  10. 10 What a Girl Wants (3:36)
  11. 11 Nobody But Me (2:47)
  12. 12 Night and Day - The Temptations (3:55)
  13. 13 I've Got the World on a String (2:20)
  14. 14 Everything About You (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peggy Lee Track Performer
Frank Sinatra Track Performer
Nancy Wilson Track Performer
Bobby Darin Track Performer
Lou Rawls Track Performer
The Temptations Track Performer
Tony Bennett Track Performer
Gerald Wilson Conductor, Performing Ensemble
Nnenna Freelon Track Performer
Benny Carter Conductor, Performing Ensemble
Sammy Davis Jr. Track Performer
Marty Manning Conductor
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Alan Silvestri Conductor
Meredith Brooks Track Performer
Christina Aguilera Track Performer
Technical Credits
Sacha Distel Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
David Axelrod Producer
Jerome Kern Composer
Ernie Altschuler Producer
Eddie Arkin Arranger, Producer
Ahmet Ertegun Producer
Robert Fernandez Engineer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Voyle Gilmore Producer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Marty Manning Arranger
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Shelly Peiken Composer
Richard Perry Producer, Remixing
Cole Porter Composer
Jack Reardon Composer
David Ricketts Producer
Guy Roche Composer, Producer
Bill Schnee Remixing
Alan Silvestri Producer
Tom Morgan Producer
William Ross Orchestration
Nancy Meyers Soundtrack Executive Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice compilation of some classic easy-listening songs.

    A few of the other, more modern, songs weren't quite consistent with the majority of songs in style of mood - but, after all, this was a soundtrack - so it had to suite the movie, and was not necessarily designed with a consistent musical theme or tone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YES, 'Mack the Knife' is Good!!!

    All you have to do is remove the Meredith Brooks, and Christina Aguilera songs and this is one of the best soundtracks you can buy. 'I've got you under my skin', and 'Mack the Knife' are the best songs on the CD. The movie is not so bad, but you should buy this CD anyway if you have not seen the movie. Play these songs as loud as you can on those long trips in the car.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful

    I think this is a wonderful sountrack. I can't stop listening to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love the film and the music

    I thought the music went perfectly with the film. And while I'm not a big Christina A. fan... I have to say that her song fit in really well with the theme!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If not for ''Mack the Knife''

    I really enjoyed the music in this film with the exception of ''Mack the Knife''. I didn't like it when I first heard it years ago, and I still don't. I'd buy it if I could delete this song!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding!

    Great fun, both the music and the movie. Lighthearted, fun and uplifting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gibson and Hunt Electrify!!

    This film will make you feel good. Its light, entertaining, funny and the sound track is outstanding. There are times when , if your not laughing your ready to sing along.

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