So it's an absolute surprise to discover that the "music from the motion picture" is clearly tailored towards a mature, discerning listener. Translated? Tori Amos swings stylishly into the nostalgic standards "You Belong to Me" and "Murder He Says" as does Celine Dion on the Rodgers and Hart classic ""Bewitched." While both Alison Krauss and Barbra Streisand deliver the requisite sophisticated diva sheen on shimmering renditions of Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do" and Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" respectively.
As far as the guys go, Seal may carbon copy Nat King Cole's seductive vocal jazz croon on the lilting "Mona Lisa" but has a lush big band romanticism that is impossible to deny. It's a hip retro groove the Trevor Horn Orchestra are effortlessly at home with on both the swinging "Istanbul" and the 50s doo wop froth of "Sh' Boom (Life Could Be a Dream"). Of course, suave 'n sexy fellow that he is Chris Isaak milks "Besame Mucho" for every ounce of Latin lounge allure. And even Elton John's "The Heart of Every Girl" is an evocative enough pop ditty managing to actually tap into a Bacharach style breeze.
Only Mandy Moore sounds horribly miscast turning Sammy Fain's delicate ballad "Secret Love" into a sugary Idols outtake. Actually if you look very closely at the liner note fine print, there's a revealing warning: "Film may contain different version of song." We can only hope so. It's a minor blip on the screen though, with Macy Gray's idiosyncratic R&B rasp adding a smoky sex appeal to the Christmas croon "Santa Baby". Hell, even the previously bland Destiny's Child diva Kelly Rowland sashays her way through Ellington's "Beginning to See the Light."
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