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Center Stage Music From the Motion Pictu
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Soundtracks
Nicholas Hytner's new musical drama Center Stage focuses on the competitive world of professional dance and, like Fame before it, features plenty of music meant to keep your feet moving. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' cover o... more »
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Nicholas Hytner's new musical drama Center Stage focuses on the competitive world of professional dance and, like Fame before it, features plenty of music meant to keep your feet moving. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" and the Stevie Wonder-influenced Jamiroquai's two contributions would've found better company among the classical works of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev featured in the movie than with the pop product that fills this soundtrack. New teen sensation Mandy Moore bookends the album with "I Wanna Be with You," featured both as straight pop confection and as a slightly techno-ed remix (the Soul Solution Mix). This time, the Diane-Warren-songwriter-for-hire tune is the ballad "If I Was the One," performed perfunctorily by the Baltimore duo Ruff Endz. The rest is the teen quartet P.Y.T., undistinguished stylists such as Ashley Ballard and Cyrena, and a Michael Jackson tune from Bad. Might sound OK during a workout at the gym, but not as serious listening. --Rob O'Connor
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AMAZING Movie, and JUST AS GOOD Soundtrack!
Zoe Feldman | 06/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I saw the movie Center Stage, I was immediately hooked. I had never imagined the American ballet could be so fun and exciting...I just thought it was very complicated! The movie turned out to exceed beyond my wildest dreams, and so did the soundtrack. Let me just say, it was not a disappointment AT ALL. With flavorful and dance-aholic songs like Jamiroquai's CANNED HEAT and COSMIC GIRL, Michael Jackson's THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL and The Red Hot Chili Peppers' HIGHER GROUND, the soundtrack is everything like the movie and more. The slower songs, such as Mandy Moore's I WANNA BE WITH YOU (the hit that is basically the movie's anthem) and WE'RE DANCING from P.Y.T. are key additions to the soundtrack. They add some sugar to the spice! Also, other great songs, like DON'T GET LOST IN THE CROWD by Ashley Ballard, IF I WAS THE ONE by Ruff Endz, GET USED TO THIS by Cyrena, and FRIENDS FOREVER by Thunderbugs make the motion picture soundtrack very unique. There is a really great mixture of different songs here, all compiled to form the rich texture of an AMAZING movie and soundtrack. I highly recommend this CD, even if you haven't seen the movie. Go see it! Center Stage was great, and the soundtrack is almost as good as the movie! How often can you say that! =)"
The ultimate split personality soundtrack....
Veggiechiliqueen | 10/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved the movie "Center Stage" and rushed out to buy the soundtrack. Usually I won't buy a soundtrack for the simple reason that all the good music from the movie is missing. But with "Center Stage" this isn't the case!One of the great things about the "Center Stage" soundtrack is that there is a combination of slow, romantic songs and fast and furious dance tracks. Mandy Moore's "I Wanna Be With You," International Five's "First Kiss," Ashley Ballard's "Don't Get Lost In The Crowd," P.Y.T.'s "A Girl Can Dream" and Ruff Endz "If I Was The One" are all slow/romantic songs. P.Y.T.'s "We're Dancing," Thunderbugs "Friends Forever," Cyrena's "Get Used To This," my favourite band Jamiroquai's "Canned Heat" and the ultimate funk trip "Cosmic Girl," Red Hot Chili Peppers remake of "Higher Ground," Elvis Crespo's "Come Baby Come," Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel," and the "I Wanna Be With You Soul Solution Remix" are all awesome groove-inducing cuts.Newcomer Cyrena's "Get Used To This" is a saucy, smouldering, hip-shaking R&B groove that is great for dancing and singing along to. P.Y.T.'s "We're Dancing" starts off slow but quickly kicks things up a notch...considerably. Every time I hear Jamiroquai's "Canned Heat" or "Cosmic Girl" I can't help but dance...just ask puzzled sales staff! This is a great album for choreographing, much like the workshop in the film. Elvis Crespo, the salsa god himself, puts in a cameo in the film and a song on the soundtrack... "Come Baby Come" is "shake your bonbon music" to the max...killer horns, bump-and-grind rhythm, hyped-up bass and drums. Fantastico! Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" is a great song, but seemed out of place. If I was choreographing something I'd have chosen "Billie Jean," but hey, at least they put the King of Pop on the soundtrack. I didn't care as much for the Red Hot Chili Pepper's remake, but it is certainly danceable. This is the ONLY soundtrack that I play all the way through without skipping songs or programming them out. It's that good! Great for workouts or parties, or listen to the slow songs for a more mellow, romantic mood. Ten stars!"
It is one of the best soundtracks
Melissa | 05/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is one of the best soundtracks I have heard. I don't have to skip any of the songs because I like them all. "We're Dancing" is one of my favorite tacks on the CD and I also like the Mandy Moore track "I Want to be With You". It seems that with such a goo round up of songs the movie will be great. I can't imagine it not being as good as the soundtrack."