Music and Lyrics [Original Soundtrack]

Music and Lyrics [Original Soundtrack]

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Music and Lyrics [Original Soundtrack]

Rather than just slapping together some pre-existing, heartwarming tunes, the soundtrack to the songwriters-in-love rom-com Music and Lyrics features custom-written songs that lovingly send up the sounds of '80s and 2000s pop. In fact, pop is so important to Music and Lyrics that "Pop!" is the name of the '80s group that Hugh Grant's character is a former member of, and Pop!'s sound is a fusion of New Romantics like ABC and Spandau Ballet mixed with a healthy dose of Wham!'s giddy but more mainstream new wave. On "Pop! Goes My Heart," Grant's voice bears an uncanny resemblance to ABC's suave frontman, Martin Fry. Meanwhile, "Meaningless Kiss" -- which was penned by Fountains of Wayne's chameleon-like songwriter, Adam Schlesigner -- is a terrific send-up of Wham!'s "Careless Whisper" that works because it gets all of the nuances right instead of going for obvious parody. Schlesinger also penned the soundtrack's main love song "Way Back into Love," which sounds especially charming in the demo duet between Grant and Drew Barrymore. Music and Lyrics also takes affectionate aim at the sound of 2000s pop with two Britney Spears-esque songs: with its twangy guitars and Middle Eastern-inspired melody, "Buddha's Delight" plays like a more demure version of "Toxic," while "Slam" nods to the Neptunes' slinky, percussive production on "I'm a Slave 4 U." Even with the inclusion of two songs that weren't created for the movie (the Sounds' "Tony the Beat" and Teddybears' "Different Sound"), Music and Lyrics feels more like the soundtrack from a musical than a romantic comedy, and only a few of the songs ("Bootytown," "Don't Write Me Off") feel like obvious parodies -- these are the best compliments that you can pay to this kind of project.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2007
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678999710
catalogNumber: 101537
Rank: 115848

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Bashkow   Saxophone
Martin Fry   Vocals
Nick Moroch   Guitar
Michael Rafter   Piano
Sam Albright   Saxophone
Andrew Wyatt   Background Vocals,Musician
Britta Phillips   Background Vocals
Kelly Jones   Background Vocals
Malte Holmberg   Vocals
Conrad Harris   Violin
Lucy Woodward   Background Vocals
Katie Kresek   Viola

Technical Credits

Garry Hughes   Programming
Josh Deutsch   Programming,Producer
Michael Rafter   Producer,Vocal Coach
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
Kevin Weaver   Executive Producer
Felix Rodriguez   Composer
Bobby Burke   String Arrangements
Andrew Wyatt   Composer,Programming,Producer
Geoff Sanoff   Engineer
Johan Bengtsson   Composer
Marc Lawrence   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Vaughan Merrick   Programming,Engineer
Maja Ivarsson   Composer
Jesper Anderberg   Composer
Fredrik Nilsson   Composer
Henrik Jonback   Composer
Danny Michael   Engineer
Jeffrey Saltzman   Producer
Zach Hancock   Engineer
Brian Ranney   Packaging Manager
Pontus Winnberg   Composer
Mark Lawrence   Composer

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