What Women Want

What Women Want


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The slightly uneven but solicitous soundtrack for the Mel Gibson/Alan Alda flick What Women Want features hits from popular music's golden era, when Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. headlined huge Vegas shows and martinis were the drink du jour. Like the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack -- which established nouveau jazz singer/pianist Harry Connick Jr.'s career -- this album relies on its connections to the past, but makes more of an effort to give the music a post-millennial update, which results in an awkward generation gap. Still, you'll revel in Sammy Davis Jr.'s take on the Johnny Mercer classic "Something's Gotta Give" and Tony Bennett's pop standard "The Good Life." Bobby Darin delivers Sinatra-style crooning on his classic "Mack the Knife," and Sinatra himself performs "Too Marvelous for Words," the playful "I Won't Dance," and the intensely vulnerable ballad "I've Got You Under My Skin." But the soundtrack changes course with the inclusion of rocker Meredith Brooks' angry, but passionate track "Bitch" and the teeny-pop of Christina Aguilera's "What a Girl Wants." As it turns out, classic Vegas-style crooning clashes with the gritty electric guitars and slick production of MTV-era pop. Even so, all of the tunes here play into the theme of romance and individuality, even while straddling the gap between 1950s glitz and shiny 2000 pop.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/12/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646159521
catalogNumber: 61595

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peggy Lee   Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Track Performer
Nancy Wilson   Track Performer
Bobby Darin   Track Performer
Lou Rawls   Track Performer
Temptations   Track Performer
Tony Bennett   Track Performer
Gerald Wilson   Conductor,Performing Ensemble
Nnenna Freelon   Track Performer
Benny Carter   Conductor,Performing Ensemble
Sammy Davis   Track Performer
Marty Manning   Conductor
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Alan Silvestri   Conductor
Meredith Brooks   Track Performer
Christina Aguilera   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Sacha Distel   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
David Axelrod   Producer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Ernie Altschuler   Producer
Eddie Arkin   Arranger,Producer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Robert Fernandez   Engineer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Voyle Gilmore   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Marty Manning   Arranger
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Shelly Peiken   Composer
Richard Perry   Producer,Remixing
Cole Porter   Composer
Jack Reardon   Composer
David Ricketts   Producer
Guy Roche   Composer,Producer
Bill Schnee   Remixing
Alan Silvestri   Producer
Tom Morgan   Producer
William Ross   Orchestration
Nancy Meyers   Soundtrack Executive Producer

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What Women Want 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film will make you feel good. Its light, entertaining, funny and the sound track is outstanding. There are times when , if your not laughing your ready to sing along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the music in this film with the exception of ''Mack the Knife''. I didn't like it when I first heard it years ago, and I still don't. I'd buy it if I could delete this song!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great fun, both the music and the movie. Lighthearted, fun and uplifting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All you have to do is remove the Meredith Brooks, and Christina Aguilera songs and this is one of the best soundtracks you can buy. 'I've got you under my skin', and 'Mack the Knife' are the best songs on the CD. The movie is not so bad, but you should buy this CD anyway if you have not seen the movie. Play these songs as loud as you can on those long trips in the car.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the music went perfectly with the film. And while I'm not a big Christina A. fan... I have to say that her song fit in really well with the theme!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a wonderful sountrack. I can't stop listening to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few of the other, more modern, songs weren't quite consistent with the majority of songs in style of mood - but, after all, this was a soundtrack - so it had to suite the movie, and was not necessarily designed with a consistent musical theme or tone.
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