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Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle - soundtrack


Review: Jack Foley

WHEN a film is as knowingly cheesy as Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, you've just got to know that the soundtrack will follow suit.

Hence, what we have here is a greatest hits collection of retro feelgood tracks, harking back to the Seventies, Eighties and even the Nineties - albeit with the odd new bonus track to fill in.

Some hit, some grate, but most are just plain silly, set against images of the girls cavorting around wildly to director, McG's various action routines.

Take Electric Six's kitsch/cult favourite, Danger! High Voltage - try listening to it (once you've seen the film, of course) and not recall images of Demi Moore and Cameron Diaz strutting their shapely stuff in black and white bikinis, respectively.

Or try not to smile foolishly as you recall footage of the Angels mimicking MC Hammer's Can't Touch This, while moving furniture into Diaz's latest pad.

It's that sort of movie; and that sort of soundtrack.

Sadly, however, the harder edge given to the film and driven by the big beat likes of Prodigy (which accompanies most, if not all, of the fight scenes, in the film) is absent here (possibly because it was present on the original OST).

What attitude remains, comes courtesy of Pink, whose William Orbit-inspired Feel Good Time does exactly what it professes to do - makes you feel good. It is one of the artist's better recent efforts and benefits greatly from the presence of Orbit (who continues the trick of making his collaborators sound hipper than usual).

Elsewhere, the soundtrack flits from mediocre to pure cheese, particularly during Nickelback and Kid Rock's risible version of Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) and Nas' self-complimentary Nas' Angels.

Of the classics, Edwyn Collins' A Girl Like You remains as fun as ever, while Bowie's Rebel Rebel and The Beach Boys' Surfer Girl prove how wide the gulf is between genuine musicians and here today/gone tomorrow pop stars.

Yet this is as light and breezy as the movie itself - occasionally inspired, but frequently tedious; it is quite apt that it should come to a close on the Donna Summer track, Last Dance.

Track listing:
1. Feel Good Time - Pink feat. William Orbit
2. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) - Nickelback feat. Kid Rock
3. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
4. Danger! High Voltage - Electric Six
5. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
6. Any Way You Want It - Journey
7. Surfer Girl - The Beach Boys
8. Working For The Weekend - Loverboy
9. A Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins
10. Nas' Angels...The - Nas feat. Pharrell
11. I Just Wanna Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
12. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole
13. U Can't Touch This - Mc Hammer
14. Last Dance - Donna Summer

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