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Down with Love - Soundtrack - Suave seductive sounds

2006-03-29 18:23

We're talking oh-so-on the money frothy fun and yes, a completely kitsch soundtrack populated by dollops of vintage lounge croons that sashay seamlessly into swinging orchestral interludes.

Holly Palmer and Michael Buble get the soiree started oozing a titillating boy-girl banter worthy of those original Rock Hudson/Doris Day comedic "battle of the sexes" the film attempts to refurbish. Buble's actually in fine form with the languorous "Kissing a Fool" and "For Once in My Life" both worthy of Andy - if not Robbie Williams. Of course, when it comes to the recreation of any hip jet set shenanigans then Frank Sinatra's super slick rendition of "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)" is simply as good as it gets. Or is it? Brazilian songbird Astrud Gilberto's take is certainly far more...(cough)...'erm, "bedroom friendly". But then she is Latin, after all.

Composer Marc Shaiman's champagne cocktail score serves up a series of suitably sparkling narrative interludes - perhaps a little too Fred 'n Ginger at some points ("Barbara Arrives", "Love in Three Acts"), yet nonetheless a charming affair.

But what of the film's two stars, the ever-boyish Ewan McGregor and everyone's favourite girl next door Renée Zellweger? Well, unlike their efforts in Moulin Rouge and Chicago they actually struggle on the closing "Here's to Love" to evoke anything more than a constipated caricature of ageing Vegas vaudevillians. It's an minor blip on what is otherwise a certifiable two olive martini worthy listen.

A thoroughly suave 'n sophisticated affair, Down with Love swings to much the same spirit as Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman's delightfully tongue in cheek "Somethin' Stupid"

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