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Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life Featuring Vonda Shepard

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Ally Mcbeal ~ Ally Mcbeal: For Once In My Lif

On this third installment of the Ally McBeal soundtracks series, featured performer Vonda Shepard delivers another solid collection of emotive blues- and country-inflected power ballads. The surprises here are the three tracks sung by the TV show's guest thespian Robert Downey Jr. If this soundtrack was intended to be a star vehicle, it's a jalopy. Downey's contrived rasp, hardened vocals, and awkward phrasing fail to impress (proving that the elongating line of talented actors with musical aspirations should confine their singing fantasies to the shower). On his dumbed-down duet with Sting on the Police classic "Every Breath You Take," Downey sounds like he's straining to emulate Sting, and Sting approaches the song as a walk-through. Fortunately, Barry White's mirror-ball hit "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" and Tina Turner's anthemic "When the Heartache Is Over" provide some much-needed uptempo relief from the album's sluggish middle section. The collection heads home with Shepard and label newbie Anastacia covering Gary Wright's "Love Is Alive" in dance-floor-lite funk (although it suffers the unfortunate coincidence of being released in proximity to Joan Osborne's superior rendition from One Night at McCool's). The CD closes with Shepard's well-orchestrated interpretation of Todd Rundgren's "Can We Still Be Friends," and Ally McBeal fans, despite the Downey debacle, should be able to answer affirmatively with little hesitation. --Beth Massa

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. For Once In My Life - Vonda Shepard
  2. Home Again - Vonda Shepard
  3. Don't Think Twice It's Alright - Vonda Shepard
  4. Chances Are - Vonda Shepard and Robert Downey Jr.
  5. Every Breath You Take - Robert Downey Jr. and Sting
  6. You And Me - Vonda Shepard
  7. Snakes - Robert Downey Jr.
  8. Reason To Believe - Vonda Shepard
  9. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart - Al Green
  10. When The Heartache Is Over - Tina Turner
  11. You're the First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White
  12. Love Is Alive - Anastacia and Vonda Shepard
  13. Alone Again (Naturally) - Vonda Shepard
  14. Can We Still Be Friends - Vonda Shepard

Product details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: September 8, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005B2VB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,364 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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