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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Soundtrack) - Universal Music When she published Bridget Jones's Diary in the mid-'90s, budding British writer Helen Fielding not only stumbled on a blockbuster of a novel, she also created a thirty something every woman character whose obsessions with men, her weight, and her various inadequacies touched a real nerve with female folks all over the globe. The end result was also 2001's big Hollywood version of the book - Bridget Jones's Diary – a runaway success which also had a punchy, ladies-only soundtrack.

The new 2004 sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason picks up where the last movie left off, with leading lady Renée Zellweger still embroiled in a love triangle with cad Hugh Grant and gentleman Colin Firth. The follow-up soundtrack, like the original, features both bitter and sweet love songs. But it has a much stronger track listing going for it this time. Of the 18 tracks included here, the more blissful moments include Carly Simon’s Nobody Does It Better (yes, it’s the James Bond theme from 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me!) British soft pop legends 10CC with their I’m Not In Love ballad and 70’s Disco daddy Barry White doing his You’re The First, The Last, My Everything. (Which incidentally was on another Hugh Grant movie soundtrack previously – 1994’s Four Wedding’s & A Funeral) The newly recorded songs appearing here include a new tune by Robbie Williams (just doesn’t cut it!); and two cover songs one of U2’s Everlasting Love and the other of the Sade classic Your Love Is King – both done by some young Brit upstarts. Mary J. Blige also gets into the covering act, by putting a spin on her rendition of Elton John’s Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word. Then there’s also the newly recorded version of Sting’s We’ll Be Together with Sting jamming up with Annie Lennox, which incidentally is not bad at all.

Rounding of the tracks, you’ve got some of the more popular songs of last year as well, with Can’t Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue and Crazy In Love by Beyonce showing up here. The soundtrack is for sure one of the better easy-listening compilations with the substance here of the classic 1970's.Good for a couple of spins at least.

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