De-Lovely – Original Soundtrack 2004 Music by Cole Porter CD-New $44.99

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The soundtrack to De-Lovely — a film that imagines the unusual love story and marriage of classic American songwriter Cole Porter (who was gay) and Linda Lee Porter as the kind of all-singing, all-dancing production for which Porter himself might have written the songs — is a whirl of contrasting, and occasionally clashing, performances that tries to embody the many sides of Porter‘s music. Porterwas able to write profoundly romantic love songs and whimsical, witty, devil-may-care tunes with equal conviction, and De-Lovely tends to polarize these aspects. Elvis Costello‘s “Let’s Misbehave,” Mick Hucknall‘s “I Love You,” and the cast’s rendition of “Be a Clown” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” are highly theatrical, and Costello‘s performance nearly crosses the line dividing playful and jokey. The set-piece quality of “Anything Goes” and the rehearsal-like “Night and Day” might disappoint some Porter fans looking for De-Lovely to double as a greatest-hits collection, but the stagy quality of the album emphasizes that it is first and foremost a soundtrack (to a musical production within the film, no less). It should come as no surprise, then, that the many pop, jazz, and rock star cameos have a costumey, dress-up feel, but a surprising number of them work well. “Begin the Beguine”‘s silky melody combined with Sheryl Crow‘s husky voice makes for an appealing contrast, and Alanis Morissette‘s refined turn on “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)” underscores the influence of Björk‘s vocal phrasing on Morissette‘s singing. Robbie Williams also cleans up well, contributing a version of the title track that winks just enough. Somewhat more surprising is the fact that De-Lovely’s actors provide some of the soundtrack’s best moments. Kevin Kline‘s considerable musical skills make him an apt Cole Porter, and Ashley Judd’s girlish, unadorned vocals add some intimacy to De-Lovely‘s larger-than-life feel, especially on the sweet duet with Tayler Hamilton, “True Love.” Other highlights include swell-egant renditions of “What Is This Thing Called Love?,” “Love for Sale,” and “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye,” by Lemar, Vivian Green, and Natalie Cole, respectively. Along with Diana Krall‘s “It Was Just One of Those Things” and Lara Fabian and Mario Frangoulis‘ “So in Love,” these are performances by artists in their element, and they retain their own identities while fitting in with the rest of the soundtrack. De-Lovely is long and often scattered, but its attempts to breathe new life into Porter‘s work are admirable, even if they’re not always successful.

1
It’s De-Lovely
Cole Porter
Robbie Williams
04:40Amazon
2
Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)
Cole Porter
Alanis Morissette
03:23Amazon
3
Begin the Beguine
Cole Porter
Sheryl Crow
04:28Amazon
4
Let’s Misbehave
Cole Porter
Elvis Costello
02:34Amazon
5
Be a Clown
Cole Porter
Chorus / Kevin Kline / Peter Polycarpou
02:55Amazon
6
Night and Day
Cole Porter
John Barrowman / Kevin Kline
02:46Amazon
7
True Love
Cole Porter
Roy Hamilton / Tayler Hamilton / Ashley Judd
02:10Amazon
8
What Is This Thing Called Love?
Cole Porter
Lemar
02:37Amazon
9
I Love You
Cole Porter
Mick Hucknall
02:07Amazon
10
Just One of Those Things
Cole Porter
Diana Krall
03:17Amazon
11
Anything Goes
Cole Porter
Chorus / Caroline O’Connor
02:02Amazon
12
Experiment
Cole Porter
Kevin Kline
02:34Amazon
13
Love for Sale
Cole Porter
Vivian Green
05:36Amazon
14
So in Love
Cole Porter
Lara Fabian / Mario Frangoulis
03:31Amazon
15
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
Cole Porter
Natalie Cole
03:45Amazon
16
Blow, Gabriel, Blow
Cole Porter
Cast / Chorus / Kevin Kline / Jonathan Pryce
02:50Amazon
17
In the Still of the Night
Cole Porter
Ashley Judd / Kevin Kline
02:32Amazon
18
You’re the Top
Cole Porter
Cole Porter
03:25Amazon

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