Review: Jack Foley
FOR a film based around a date doctor and falling in love, it
should come as no surprise to find the Hitch soundtrack populated
by romantic tunes.
That said, anyone expecting some truly slushy women-only music
is in for a pleasant surprise, given that the soundtrack offers
up a mutually pleasing mix of timeless classics and emerging modern
Primary among these is Mark Ronson's superb Ooh Wee,
a supremely funky slice of hip-hop cool that features prominently
in one of the movie's key scenes.
It serves as a nice contrast to the likes of Jimmy Cliff's
You Can Get It If You Really Want, which serves as an appropriate
metaphor for the movie - that nothing, or no one, is unattainable.
Strong, too, are the likes of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas'
Motown-steeped It's Easy To Fall In Love, which recalls
the golden era of Aretha Franklin and the feelgood soul of its
Or The O'Jays Love Train, a slightly cheesy, but ever-popular
dancefloor filler at any party occasion.
All of these tracks serve to provide some indication of the feel-good
vibe running throughout the movie, as well as the welcome sense
of familiarity that comes with hearing a record of this sort.
And it also guarantees that the album can work in its own right
without even having to venture to the cinema.
Of the modern stuff, Amerie's 1 Thing is a contemporary
slice of R'n'B that could easily come out of the Destiny's Child/Beyonce
stable, complete with urgent beats and sassy female vocals.
While Kevin Lyttle's Turn Me On is a modern dancefloor
filler that probably defines the album at its least likeable and
cheesy (much like Heavy D & The Boyz's Now That We Found
But Earth, Wind and Fire crop up twice (once with the support
of Kelly Rowland) and John Legend contributes a hip contemporary
version of Don't You Worry About A Thing, which, once
more, serves as an appropriate metaphor for the album.
You can slide it into the CD player and forget about the worries
of the day!
1. 1 Thing - Amerie
2. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing - John Legend
3. This Is How I Feel - Earth, Wind & Fire Feat. Kelly Rowland
And Sleepy Brown
4. Ooh Wee - Mark Ronson Feat. Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife
Da God & Saigon
5. Happy - Meleni Smith
6. Love Train - The O'Jays
7. I Can't Get Next To You - The Temptations
8. You Can Get It If You Really Want - Jimmy Cliff
9. It's Easy To Fall In Love (With A Guy Like You) - Martha Reeves
& The Vandellas
10. Reasons - Earth, Wind & Fire
11. Never Gonna Let You Go (She's a Keepa) (No Rap Version) -
12. Turn Me On (Low Tide Remix) - Kevin Lyttle