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.
Performance CreditsPeggy 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 CreditsSacha 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What Women Want based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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.
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!
Great fun, both the music and the movie. Lighthearted, fun and uplifting.
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.
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!
I think this is a wonderful sountrack. I can't stop listening to it.
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.