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Austin Powers in Goldmember
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Austin Powers In Goldmember ~ Soundtrack
Whereas the first two Austin Powers soundtracks concentrated on swinging-'60s mod, soul, and rock shagadelica, Goldmember shakes its '70s funk and disco groove thing. Angie Stone turns in a silky cover of "Groove Me," while Beyoncé Knowles belts "Work It Out" in fierce diva style over rickety but slinky beats. Soul Hooligan add cheesy vocoded vocals and synths to their version of Electric Light Orchestra's "Evil Woman"; Paul Oakenfold mashes up "A Fifth of Beethoven" with a dark, Mission Impossible-like melody; and the Rolling Stones' disco excursion "Miss You" is imbued with an intoxicating step-beat and throbbing strings by Dr. Dre. Even Mike Myers gets into the groove action, drolly spoofing Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life" as Dr. Evil, to hilarious effect. But like the hedonistic '70s, there's not much substance underneath the songs. While understandable--Austin Powers isn't meant to be brain surgery--glitzy dance tracks by Foxxy Cleopatra, Britney Spears, and Oakenfold especially drag and become clunky. --Annie Zaleski
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Beyonce Knowles (Destiny's Child) kicks the CD off in high gear with a knowing glance at Chaka Khan in "Work It Out". While she doesn't have Ms. Khan's pipes, Beyonce knows how to work with the right materials (and right producers), and she creates a throwback jam that has Rufus wirtten all over the bassline. It's a shame, however, that, a few cuts later Angie Stone's "Groove Me" reminds you how limited Beyonce's vocals are.
Brittney Spears, working with N.E.R.D. (flavor of the month in the producer's category) serves up an enjoyable "Boy", which is mixed to perfection (maybe a little too perfect).
Dr. Evil take on Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life" is very funny the first time you hear it, particularly with his usage of "street" lingo. And Susanna Hoffs (from The Bangles) throws up a wonderful version of "Alfie".
Skip Dr. Dre's remix of the Rolling Stone's "Miss You", though. Throwing aside the thumping New York beat of the original for Dre's tradition LA "g-thing" groove was a big mistake. Fortunately, the producer of this CD left Earth Wind and Fire's "Shining Star" intact, and this song still sounds great after 25+ years.
Well now that that story is over, this soundtrack is actually pretty good. It captures the magic of the music of 1975 pretty well; from Beyonce's great neptune-produced "work it out", that sounds like it came straight from the 70's with a 2002 twist. Angie Stone sounds just like a soul diva with the likes of Gloria Gaynor with her song, and Oakenfolds' 1975 is an irresitible flashback of great tunes. The only thing that feels out of place on this album is the britney spears track. Now to the Dr. evil song. Its just as incredibly hilarious as i anticipated. You really have to hear it to believe it, but in the 2nd verse he starts cussing like a maniac and it bleeps it all out. This is an essential soundtrack to what is going to be one of the greatest movies of the summer.
So here's my breakdown. Firstly,I'm not a big fan of current Pop Trends,so Beyonce Knowles "Work it Out",and Britney Spears "Boys"...are wasted on me. If you enjoy them,you'll probably enjoy those songs,I'm just not into their work. The remake of The Rolling Stones "Miss You",is clever,and fun,and doesn't kill the old song. It's kinda funny how pumping up the bass and drum,makes it a funky disco dance tune. Mick's vocals still have the same beat,but the music is now faster. Angie Stone does a great cover of "Groove Me",soulful and sexy.Earth,Wind & Fire,an often left out 70's group,are represented here by their classic "Shining Star". Paul Oakfield makes an impressive instrumental,that fits the mood of "2000 meets 1975" with "1975",a brilliant mashing of Walter Murphy's "A Fifth of Beethoven" and the U2 version of the "Mission:Impossible" theme,very cool. Smash Mouth's "Ain't No Mystery" is yet another catchy tune. ( Do they ever make a bad song? ). Susanna Hoffs "Alfie" ("Austin" ),is amusing,and a good cover. Obviously included as an homage to Michael Caine,star of "Alfie" and "Goldmember",it's also a nice tip of the hat to Burt Bacharach & Hal David.
The odd song out,has to be "Evil Woman" by Soul Hooligan. It's not very inspired,and it's fairly obvious as far as covers go. And then there's the whole: IT WASN'T IN THE FILM!! They used the original by Electric Light Orchestra,so why is this here? Your answer....apparently Madonna was too busy to dictate a new song into this film,so they used another MAVERICK artiste. Why bother? If it's not in the film....leave it out!
And finally....the best parts! Beyonce Knowles ( as Foxy Cleopatra ),sings "Hey Goldmember",a hilarious disco pastiche,incorporating the major hits of KC & The Sunshine Band. A lot of fun. Dr.Evil and crew,of course,cannot hold back the urge to sing,and perform a parody of Jay Zee's parody of broadway hit,"Hard Knock Life". Dr.Evil apparently still has his stolen mojo working over time,and is as nasty as he wants to be. And not to be forgotten is Austin's own band,Ming Tea,performing "Daddy Wasn't There", a song that defines the whole theme of the film.( Why doesn't Ming Tea have their own album yet??? )
BUT....that's not all.....this CD includes the video for Ming Tea's "Daddy Wasn't There".( The full version,as opposed to the shorter version in the film. ).If you enjoy Austin Powers,and you enjoy the music in the films.....this is a no brainer purchase!
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