Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink
Because We Can - Fatboy Slim
Sparkling Diamonds - Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Caroline O'Connor, Natalie Mendoza and Lara Mulcahy
Rhythm Of The Night - Valeria
Your Song - Ewan McGregor and Alessandro Safina
Children of the Revolution - Bono, Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer
One Day I'll Fly Away - Nicole Kidman
Diamond Dogs - Beck
Elephant Love Medley - Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and Jamie Allen
Come What May - Nicole Kidman And Ewan McGregor
El Tango De Roxanne - Ewan McGregor, Jose Feliciano and Jacek Koman
Complainte De La Butte - Rufus Wainwright
Hindi Sad Diamonds - Nicole Kidman & Cast
Nature Boy - David Bowie & Massive Attack
Nicole Kidman playing a singing prostitute? Ewan McGregor channeling the Police? If the soundtrack to director Baz Luhrmann's freakish musical Moulin Rouge has its way, we'll all be wearing corsets and swinging from the ce... more »iling while the former Mrs. Tom Cruise becomes our favorite new pop sensation. As daring as Luhrmann himself, the compositions test Kidman--who could have easily used a league of backup singers and studio knob-twiddlers to hide her inexperience--and she actually passes. She's no Olivia Newton-John, but she capably mixes Madonna's "Material Girl" with "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" (which is as breathy as Marilyn would've wanted it to be) and goes full throttle on any medley thrown her way. Her cover of "One Day I'll Fly Away" is especially poignant given her much-publicized personal tragedies. Ewan, though, is a real star; his giggly schoolboy brogue morphs into a fun cradle for Paul McCartney's Wings as well as U2's Bono on "Elephant Love Medley." Beck's cover of David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" is a hit waiting to happen, while Pattie LaBelle's '70s staple "Lady Marmalade" (remade by an all-star cast of divas, Lil' Kim and Christina Aguilera among them) already is. A delicious, racy soundtrack that is equal parts cabaret, glam rock, and trip-hop, Moulin Rouge doesn't disappoint. -Kristy Martin« less
Nicole Kidman playing a singing prostitute? Ewan McGregor channeling the Police? If the soundtrack to director Baz Luhrmann's freakish musical Moulin Rouge has its way, we'll all be wearing corsets and swinging from the ceiling while the former Mrs. Tom Cruise becomes our favorite new pop sensation. As daring as Luhrmann himself, the compositions test Kidman--who could have easily used a league of backup singers and studio knob-twiddlers to hide her inexperience--and she actually passes. She's no Olivia Newton-John, but she capably mixes Madonna's "Material Girl" with "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" (which is as breathy as Marilyn would've wanted it to be) and goes full throttle on any medley thrown her way. Her cover of "One Day I'll Fly Away" is especially poignant given her much-publicized personal tragedies. Ewan, though, is a real star; his giggly schoolboy brogue morphs into a fun cradle for Paul McCartney's Wings as well as U2's Bono on "Elephant Love Medley." Beck's cover of David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" is a hit waiting to happen, while Pattie LaBelle's '70s staple "Lady Marmalade" (remade by an all-star cast of divas, Lil' Kim and Christina Aguilera among them) already is. A delicious, racy soundtrack that is equal parts cabaret, glam rock, and trip-hop, Moulin Rouge doesn't disappoint. -Kristy Martin
Kenji N. from WALNUT CREEK, CA Reviewed on 8/7/2009...
If you liked the movie (as I did) and the funky soundtrack that went with it, then you will like this CD. I especially like the tracks sung by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor (they are good singers!) and am waiting for the day when they each put our their own solo CDs (McGregor is supposedly working on one but he is so darn busy with other projects such as movies and motorcycling all over the world).
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Argh! What happened to the real soundtrack? Customers unite!
starrkat | Los Angeles, CA USA | 06/24/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"After I saw this movie I dashed out to buy the CD to hold me off until I can buy the DVD. What blew me away was the great original soundtrack by Craig Armstrong, especially the ending credit music... I was appalled to find out that not only was that not on the CD, but the original actors were not singing on most of it and were instead featuring well known music stars which was Extremely Disappointing. How can you call a soundtrack original if it doesn't play the music featured in the actual movie? This also happened on Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet soundtrack. I don't buy the CD because what's her name or what's his face is singing on it, I buy it because the music, with the original actors, moved me in the movie--so I can listen to it and feel what I felt in the movie. Although I LOVE David Bowie, I wanted to hear John Leguizamo sing the "Nature Boy" which is very key to the whole movie. Even the "Hindi Sad Diamonds" is different from the movie. And they put an old record filter on Nicole's voice when she sings the "Sparkling Diamonds" intro which changes the mood from how it was in the movie. ! This type of "creative license" is actually detrimental to the integrity of the true cut of the film. I feel cheated...I am not sure why they are doing this or who is making these nonsensical decisions. I even wrote to Interscope of which they never replied. Don't people listen to what the customer's want anymore? It's just like how on TV nowadays they squash the ending credits on a movie with advertising together so you can't enjoy a proper closure--what's the point because you can't even see the credits anymore? It destroys the end of the movie and no one seems to care that it feels improper anymore. I don't like being force fed, hell I've been out of diapers for many many years now. Are you listening out there you big dudes in the Business out there?But I digress...I loved the ending credit music from Moulin Rouge so much I was thinking of recording it on a tape snuck in the theatre but it's probably illegal or something. Grrr!"
Great Film: Great Score
none66061 | 05/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There will always be two schools of thought concerning the film MOULIN ROUGE There will be those who hate it and those who love it. I am in the later category. MOULIN ROUGE is without question, a landmark achievement of a film. The first 45 minutes alone,rank as some of the most exhilarating moments ever captured on celluloid. Director,Baz Luhrmann creates a world full of color, sound and movement that effect the senses completely. It's impossible not be swept into it and impossible not to step back and note the greatness Mr.Luhrmann possesses as a director. Luhrmann takes every old musical comedy cliché (From "Love me tonight" to "Babes in Arms" and even "Viva Las Vegas") and mixes it with operatic storylines (echoes from "Boheme" to "Traviata" abound) and injects them all with a invigorating sense of freshness. The effect is as if Mr. Luhrmann had never seen a musical comedy or opera before and had come up with all this by himself while drinking a cappuccino at Starbucks. The inventiveness doesn't end there. Luhrmann sense of music knows no boundaries. He will take a piece of music by Offenbach and insert Nirvana's "Smells like Teen Spirit" into it. The amazing thing is it makes sense and comes off as if Mr.Offenbach and Mr.Cobain had been formally introduced. During the "Diamonds are a girls best friend" production number, the music morphs for a few moments into Madonna's "Material Girl" thus pointing up the structural similarities between two pieces of music written 40 years apart as well as paying homage to the original performers who performed it. It's a statement, within a statement, within a statement and that happens often in this film and that's called genius, folks. All the actors are quite good with the two leads more than up to the task at hand. From the moment Nicole Kidman enters the frame, one realizes one is watching an honest to goodness "movie star". The word "movie star" has both good and bad connotations and Ms. Kidman is aware of that. She delivers a performance loaded with a screwball comedy timing and offset by touching vulnerability. More importantly, she looks like she's having fun up there and her serviceably pleasant singing voice works to her advantage. This is the surest and most likable performance she's given on film to date. The real revelation, however, is Ewan MacGregor. A performance with this much charm, energy, earnestness and naiveté would normally be considered obnoxious in any actor over the age of 11. What MacGregor does though, is imbue every moment of his performance with enough heart and sincerity to make it real. He believes totally in what he's doing thus making you believe. It is that sincerity that gives the film it's foundation to rest upon. Also, MacGregor, is one hell of a singer. His untrained but robust voice is used with a fine sense of musicality and when he volleys up to one of the many high notes in his role (up to and including a rock solid high A), the sheer sense of glee he gives off is infectious. So, in a summer made up of what looks to be mostly mindless fare, where does Moulin Rouge fit in? Nowhere really. However, it is more than likely that Moulin Rouge will be discussed, analyzed, probed and used as inspiration long after the "Mummy returns" and "Tomb Raiders" of the world have become but a distant memory. ...and that's the important thing."
Hindi sad SOUNDTRACK
none66061 | Missouri | 08/30/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've had my cd for over 3 months now and I do love what music from the movie they decided to put in there, but like many others I'm disappointed there wasn't more. I too have been looking (for THREE months) for a second (more songs from Moulin Rouge) soundtrack to come out. I was hoping there would be the "lady marmalade" remix that they played in the movie. (it's much more tolerant than the original) I'm also disappointed that the soundtrack version of "Come What May" wasn't even ONE of the film versions. In all actuallity I was hoping they'd have both film versions on the CD. (I love the version @ the end of the movie) I was also looking for the remakes of "Like A Virgin," and "The Show Must Go On." One other one that I enjoyed a lot that wasn't on the soundtrack was the "Spectacular Spectacular" song. In all honesty I believe they wasted their money putting Beck, Fatboy Slim, Valeria, etc. on the soundtrack beacause the only tracks I listen to are "Nature Boy" (while David Bowie is no John Leguizamo.....lol just kidding) "Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend," "Your Song," "One Day I'll Fly Away," "Elephant Love Medley," "Come What May," "El Tango De Roxanne," "Complainte De La Butte" and "Hindi Sad Diamonds."
The sad thing though is that none of the songs that I actually listen to (with the exception of Elephant Love Medley) are as they are originally in the movie.
While the soundtrack will hold me over until the DVD is released, I'm still sadly disappointed in the big wigs who decided to edit this CD."
The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love....
Sadi | New Orleans, LA USA | 12/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, what can be said? Ummm... It's excellent? Stunning? Heartrending? Yup. All of them. If you've seen the movie then you know what I'm babbling about. ... ...I'll tell you about the music. The first song is "Lady Marmalade." I hate this song. It ruins the CD. There are SO many better things to listen to. Next is "Diamond Dogs" done by Beck. It's nice and suitably poppy. "Children of the Revolution" is one I could do without most of the time, but sometimes I feel like acting goofy and I listen to it. "Nature Boy" is sung by David Bowie. Wow. It is SO pretty and it fits the story PERFECTLY! One of the lyrics is the main grab line for the movie, "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." The next song is "Le Tango de Roxanne". It is SUPERB! The song is filled with passion, pain, anger, and hurt. Ewan McGregor's voice on this track is EXCELLENT. "Because We Can" is a goofy little medley made for dancing and capering around your room when you're alone. "Sparkling Diamonds" is deep and sultry. "One Day I'll Fly Away" is Nicole Kidman's most stunning song on the CD next to "Hindi Sad Diamonds." "Rhythm of the Night" is also made for capering. "Hindi Sad Diamonds" will be liked by anyone that liked Sting's Desert Rose. It is very much alike to that song - what with combining a bit of traditional with Hindi music. Very cool. The next is "Your Song" originally done by Elton John and redone by Ewan McGregor. This song is so earnest and heartfelt. "Elephant Love Medley" is my second favorite on this CD. It combines so many songs together. The first time I heard it, I had a good bit of fun trying to figure out what songs they had used. "Come What May" is the biggest hit to the CD. This is a song to play at wedding receptions. I actually think that I will. LOL. Anyways, the last song is "Complainte de la Butte." This is a song that is in French and it is very beautiful. It is nice and mellow and it puts me to sleep when I'm having trouble falling asleep. It's very much like a lullaby....I hope that you buy this CD and that you love it as much as I do...."
A CD to rival the movie!
Scott | My imagination | 06/12/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Truth! Beauty! Freedom! Love!This is a great CD. So much so I can't stop playing it. (It's going as I write this.) So let's go track by track...1) Nature Boy- From the Ewan's first spine chilling line "This story is about love, and the woman I loved is dead." you *know* this is going to be a good movie. The song really captures Christian's character and contains the movie's theme "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is..." four Stars.2) Lady Marmalade- One of my least favourite tracks, I can't get into Lil' Kims voice. It's so raunchy. I like the original of this song better, but it's a good remake. I'm just glad it didn't factor as much into the movie as it played on the radio! Overall it's catchy so 3 1/2 stars.3) Because We Can- A fun loud track this is great it makes you want to get up and dance. One of my favourites. Five stars because we can can can!4) Sparkling Diamonds- This is a fast paced track and the "Diamonds" is effectively mixed with "Material Girl". Nicole pulls it off nicely. Four stars!5) Rhythm of the Night- I enjoy this song. It makes me energetic. It's not the best remake, and the "Moulin Rouge" lyrics added in seem forced. It's still a nice song though. 3 1/2 stars.6)Your Song- Wow! I don't like Elton John, but Ewan can *really* sing and pulls of this song. It's a beautiful scene in the movie and a great song. Four stars.7) Children of the Revolution- Not bad, but not my favourite. It has a catchy tune, and good vocals though. 3 stars.8) One Day I'll fly Away-Soft, and swelling to great heights this song showcases Nicole's sweet but inexperienced voice well. It's a nice song, and a very poignant scene of the film. 5 stars.9) Diamond Dogs- I like the tune of this song but I don't think Beck is the best singer. The introduction and the chourus are the best bits. 2 1/2 stars.10) Elephant Love Medley- Despite its odd name this is by far my favourite track. It's a fabulous mix of so many different songs. Didn't you just want to clap when Ewan broke out into Heros? "You'd think the world would've had enough of silly love songs....I look around me and I see it isn't so!" 5+ stars.11) Come What May- It's an original for the movie and it's so sweet. I loved the "secret song idea". I've been singing this and ELM(10) over and over for the past week, so I obviously like it. A lot. 4 1/2 stars.12) El Tango De Roxanne- The Police aren't my favourite band, but I think that this song is *so* much better. The tango number is so intense, and so is Ewan. It's a great song, but maybe more so on film than on the CD. 4 stars.13) Complainte De La Butte- My French is rather rough, but this song is nice and mellow, and I love the translated verses. 4 stars.14) Hindi Sad Diamonds- This is another song that might not transfer movie to soundtrack easily. I personally liked it, but then I like listening to Hindi chants. 3 1/2 stars.15) Nature Boy- I already mentioned that I like Nature Boy, but I like the version in track 1 much better. I'd have picked another song from the movie for this final track. 2 1/2 stars.It's really a great CD, and you *should* buy it! I'm just hoping for another CD (they've certainly got enough music), and that "Come What May" is the next single."