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Mona Lisa Smile [Soundtrack]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: December 19, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000DG06V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mona Lisa Smile - Seal
2. You Belong To Me - Tori Amos
3. Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered - Celine Dion
4. The Heart Of Every Girl - Elton John
5. Santa Baby - Macy Gray
6. Murder, He Says - Tori Amos
7. Beseme Mucho - Chris Isaak
8. Secret Love - Mandy Moore
9. What'll I Do - Alison Krauss
10. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - Trevor Horn Orchestra
11. Sh Boom - Trevor Horn Orchestra
12. I'm Beginning To See The Light - Kelly Rowland
13. I've Got The World On A String - Lisa Stansfield
14. Smile - Barbra Streisand

Editorial Reviews

This is a fabulous soundtrack for a fantastic movie.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strolling Down Memory Lane November 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you enjoyed the movie, you'll absolutely enjoy this soundtrack. Listening to Seal's "Mona Lisa" reminds me of Nat King Cole. Tori Amos' superb rendition of "You Belong To Me" reminds me of Jo Stafford's version with its intro, it's typical '40s style of singing. Mandy Moore's "Secret Love" reminds me of Doris Day's version. The same with Alison Krauss' interpretation of "What'll I Do?" which reminds me of Patti Page's version. It's definitely contemporary artists trying to sound like the singers of yesteryears and they perfectly succeeded. A friend of mine once asked me why I know a lot of songs and singers of yesteryears and why I like them? My short answer was, "reincarnation of somebody who lived in that era!" No, seriously, from my parents' collection of albums. I belong to a musically-inclined family and grew up listening to countless albums of different genre. I learned to appreciate the standards at an early age. I remember whenever my father brought home new records, I was always excited to listen and read the back covers for the track listings, titles, composers, lyricists and notes about the recordings. Records then came in different sizes and colors... 33s and 78s, the singles were 45s, black vinyls and sometimes red or orange.

The tracks that really stand out and my favorites are "You Belong To Me," "What'll I Do," "Secret Love," "Mona Lisa," Lisa Stansfield's "I've Got The World On A String," Chris Isaak's "Besame Mucho," Kelly Rowland's "I'm Beginning To See The Light" and The Trevor Horn Orchestra's "Sh Boom" (Life Could Be A Dream). Barbra Streisand, Elton John and Celine Dion are the more seasoned performers in the group covering "Smile," "The Heart Of Every Girl" and "Bewitched" respectively.

This will be a wonderful addition to your collection of motion picture soundtracks. Highly recommended!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack! January 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a fabulous soundtrack for a fantastic movie. If you don't like 1930's, 40's, and 50's big band and swing music, you shouldn't buy this. If you do, then you'll love it. The soundtrack has an all star artist track including Celine Dion, Mandy Moore, Alison Krauss, and Kelly Rowland. Even though the artist are new, the songs are done in the style of the period which gives the illusion that you're actually listening to an original recording. The most shocking is Tori Amos, who has two tracks on the soundtrack. She sounds great and looks great in the movie during her cameo appearances where she's singing the songs from the soundtrack. Buy this album, you won't be sorry.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As a concept album, this soundtrack's excellent. December 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard this in the bookstore where I work, I didn't know that Seal was the person singing the first track on the album, "Mona Lisa." I thought it was Nat King Cole because, as an act of impression or as a tribute, Seal's voice is amazingly like Cole's on the track.
Looking at the rest of the album and seeing that it allowed several modern musicians an opportunity to channel singers from the 1950's, I was impressed at how dead-on a lot of the songs were.
Tori Amos' "Murder, He Says," originally performed by Betty Hutton in one of the old MGM musicals, is an amusing, catchy tune. Celine Dion manages, with "Bewitched," to remind me of how talented she is - though her solo albums are frequently overproduced, tacky and annoying. Kelly Rowland and Mandy Moore offer up stunning, period-evoking covers of "I'm Beginning to See the Light" and "Secret Love," respectively. Chris Isaak's "Besame Mucho" is lush and romantic. And Macy Gray's "Santa Baby" catches the right mood, echoing sensuality and good humor.
I've recommended this to all sorts of people. With the flux of swing-revival albums coming out lately, from Rod Stewart's to Cyndi Lauper's, the soundtrack to "Mona Lisa Smile" deserves special attention. It's spectacular.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Covers of '50 songs January 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
What a CD! It's so much better than the movie. You definitely do not have to see "Mona Lisa Smile" to enjoy these covers of '50 songs.
For the movie, a number of contemporary artists covered '50's songs. The beauty of this CD lies in hearing one great interpretation of a classic after another.
Some highlights:
Seal covered "Mona Lisa"--at first, you think it is Nat King Cole. Then you hear and appreciate the subtle differences.
Tori Amos (who appeared in the movie) covers both "You Belong To Me" and "Murder He Says." I was humming "Murder" all day. Her voice gets very deep and gravelly.
Celine Dion (whom I normally can't stand) sings "Bewitched." I didn't even recognize her voice when I heard it the first time and I was stunned when I read her name on the jacket. She should do an album dedicated to this era.
Macy Gray covers "Santa Baby." Now there are a lot of versions of "santa baby" out there-hers may not be the best but it is definitely very interesting.
I have only included a sample of the treats in this CD...I know it sounds cliche but if you only buy one CD (this week, this year etc) then make it this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent soundtrack! January 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this soundtrack.
At first glance, the unusual suspects on the this soundtrack singing these classics may turn some people off. For instance, pop artistes such as Macy Gray, Mandy Moore and Celine Dion.
However, once you start listening, the magic of this recording unfolds. Most impressive was Mandy Moore's Secret Love. I'm not a great fan of teen pop but I was certainly very impressed by her rendition of this song - gentle, even and comes across as musical-esque.
The rest of the soundtrack is equally amazing. Celine Dion's Bewitched was flawless and Seal's Mona Lisa had a really nice 50s jazzy tone to it.
It's a pity though that some of the songs in the movie were left out in this soundtrack.
Take care of you
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see!
This movie never fails to bring a smile to my face! Granted, my wife and daughter end up gritting their teeth at the attitudes that were prevalent toward women back in the fifties,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Hawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Chris Isaak Made Me Buy this....
All I really wanted was Chris Isaak singing Besame Mucho. I couldn't buy the single online so I had to order the whole CD. Turned out to be a pretty decent playlist. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
The mix of beautiful sings was amazing. A classic album every lover of Cool should have. Now I want to see the movie!
Published 10 months ago by Di Bainbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Mona Lisa Smile
Julie Roberts certainly out does herself in this role. Sweet, and most moving and a delight to watch. I've watched this movie over and over again.
Published 10 months ago by FLORIDAPHOTOGAL
3.0 out of 5 stars film and music
sometimes the editing and choosing of music from a film to be recorder on a CD is great and sometimes not. Read more
Published 12 months ago by rhamba
5.0 out of 5 stars Mona Lisa Smile
I had seen the film several times and always enjoyed the little part of music in it. This CD is great. All the old tunes from my past... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Barry
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I wanted
The soundtrack to this movie is so much more than a remixing of old songs from the '50's, but all but one track is just that; old song remixes. Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by Constance
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
I bought this CD for Istanbul not Constantinople and Sh boom Life could be a dream. I absolutely love their big band sound! Of course there are other bonuses on the CD. Read more
Published on October 24, 2009 by Hayzel Brathwaite
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Keeping to the innocence of the age, the artists' renditions of these classic pieces are timeless with an hint of modernity as by the clarity of the recordings and the edge of... Read more
Published on January 20, 2009 by Sarajean Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, many great songs and versions
It's nice to see a good soundtrack to a good (though not brilliant) movie.
Tori Amos is great and the songs are really nice to hear. Read more
Published on July 17, 2007 by Yaniv Ran
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