WOW.....A very overlooked soundtrack !!!
H. Owsley | Brazil, South America | 12/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think this could have been one of those huge releases like "City iof Angel's" or "Runaway Bride." The problem: not enough hype. Sure, we''ve all heard The Diane Warren penned "Music of my heart" by *Nysync and Gloria Estefan (who also plays a minor role in the movie) But what else does this disc have to offer ? Allow me to tell you...1) MUSIC OF MY HEART: I am not a huge Nsync fan, but I know talent when I hear it. Pleasant, but not as powerful and perhaps som Estefan are hoping for.2)BAILA : HA !! This was released before J.Lo was big news !! She does a great job and this song makes you wanna get up and dance.3)TURN THE PAGE : This is agruably the best song ths CD and is somewhat the theme of the movie. Aaliyah doesn't belt it out, but instead delivers a sweet love ballad that could be played at a wedding. And boy does she deliver !! Why wasn't this a big hit for Aaliyah ? It never became a single and wasn't featured on any of her CD's !!4)GROOVE WITH ME TONIGHT: Who the heck are MDO ? Aside from that this song has a strong beat. One Problem : I'm a christian and consider the lyrics immoral. 5)SEVENTEEN: Whoa...nice. Tre-O serves up and nice lil'groove a la Whitney's "Its not right but its ok. the harp sound effect is somewhat unnecessary, but the rap half way through the song totally brings it all to a climax.6)ONE NIGHT WITH YOU: caution: Red alert, Nsync/Backstreet boys clone detected. I seriously don't know if I've ever heard anyone who souns more like Justin Timberlake in my whole life. This is written by Diane Warren, but is one of the weaker ones on the disc. Morally and Musically.7)DO SOMETHING : Macy Gray completely seems our of place here, which adds to the diversity of this disc. A nice remix. This is also before Macy's popularity got revved up. 8)REVANCHA DE AMOR: Who is this talented girl ? She has a great voice and the spanish beat is so cool !! One of my faves on the disc.9) NOTHING ELSE : Unless you are a fan of the Iglesias guys, you won't like this one. The guitar intro is very cool, but his voice just hurts your ears after a while. He sounds like he's slobbering all over the microphone. uh....10) Like I said, I'm a christian and LOVE Christian music. But, after hearing about "Chasing Papi" I put Jaci Velasquez on my black list. This songs isn't bad. And this is before she began making moral compromisses, so its actually somewhat enjoyable, even though its only intention is as a filler to keep the CD from being too short.11)MUSIC OF MY HEART (PABLO FLORES REMIX) : When I read the name, I remembered what Pable flores had done on Whitney's "Greatest Hits" CD and how he changed her songs into night club head bobbers. BUT, he actually improves on this one !! He adds a little bit of spanish guitar to it doesn't wreck it with a heavy beat. Its really relaxing12)CONCERTO IN D MINOR FOR TWO VIOLINS : This was such a perfect ending to this CD. AFter all that Pop this one just brings it all together. Its much more powerful to see Meryl Streep and her kids do it on stage. I love this CD. Its full of pleasant surprises and really good songs !! Go for it!"
Great movie. Good music.
Matthew Easterbrook | 10/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jennifer Lopez, N'Sync (from what I've heard, this is one of their better songs,) Gloria Estefan.......etc. Good music, great movie, Meryl Streep gives an amazing performance (as usual.)"
Never thought I'd get this CD- but guess what-
Matthew Easterbrook | 10/18/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I did. I'm totally laughing at myself for doing it, but actually, it isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. The pop songs, as far as pop songs go, are nicely done, though Estefan's voice left something to be desired for a few spots in the the theme song. IMO, Velasquez has the better voice of the two. I found the lyrics for C Note's "One Night with You" to be rather inane, but I'm willing to overlook that because I actually liked the melody. And as for track twelve... yippee, O'Connor, Bell, Perlman, and Stern all doing the first movement of the Bach Double??? KEWL!!! That is such a major kick to listen to the big-name virtuosos doing one of the staples of the student violin repertoire. I should be grateful they put that on at all, I suppose. But more classical music would've been fine, I says... :-) Let's hope the movie does justice to Roberta and her students, and hope even more that Joshua Bell, Mr. Photogenic of the four virtuosos, gets a few head shots during the concert scenes. I think it's a travesty that he couldn't get a half-second cameo in the music video. Maybe that Karen Black video on VH1 left him with a few caveats about venturing into the world of the pop music video?"