In becoming a romantic-comedy fixture, Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones character has not only inspired a pair of well-received films, but mixtape-worthy soundtracks that stand on their own musical merits. An excellent combination of well-known artists and neophytes defines the BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON album. Mary J. Blige delivers an incredibly heartfelt rendition of Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (complete with orchestral accompaniment), Will Young slips into Sade's soulful "Your Love Is King," and Joss Stone grooves on the sassy R&B nugget "Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' on Me?)." Other interesting juxtapositions range from glam-metal anthems ("I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by the Darkness) and soft-rock classics (Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better") to modern-day dance anthems (Beyonce and Jay-Z's "Crazy in Love") and adult-contemporary pop (Jamie Cullum's cover of "Everlasting Love"). Composer Harry Gregson-Williams's rich and poignant "Bridget's Theme" puts a nice bow on this eclectic and engaging mix.
What the critics say...
Uncut (p.130) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[I]ts quality control is close to impeccable."
- Your Love Is King - Will Young
- Stop - Jamelia
- Can't Get You Out Of My Head - Kylie Minogue
- Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' On Me?) - Joss Stone
- Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - Mary J. Blige
- Misunderstood - Robbie Williams
- Everlasting Love - Jamie Cullum
- You're The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White
- Crazy In Love - Jay-Z & Beyonce
- I Eat Dinner (When The Hunger's Gone) - Rufus Wainwright/Dido
- I'm Not In Love - 10cc
- Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
- Loaded - Primal Scream
- I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness
- Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? - Amy Winehouse
- Lovin' You - Minnie Riperton
- Think - Aretha Franklin
- Calling - Leona Naess
- We'll Be Together - Sting/Annie Lennox
- Bridget's Theme - Harry Gregson-Williams