Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film
our score: 3.75 out of 5.0
soundtrack to Moulin Rouge was one of the most quirky soundtracks,
let alone albums, to be released in quite some time. Featuring
a collection of bastardized covers (bastardized in a good
way though) and several original pieces from Moulin Rouge,
it still felt more of a companion piece to the film than an honest-to-goodness
soundtrack album. While there were some imaginative pieces found
on the disc, many of these pieces were only featured for a few
seconds, at most, in the actual film.
With the long-hoped-for
release of a second soundtrack to Moulin Rouge, a the film's
soundtrack has been nearly completed. The film's major themes,
new renditions of Elton John's "Your Song" and the original
theme "Come What May" both appeared on the first soundtrack,
but on this second soundtrack they are finally realized in their
instrumental original film versions, respectively. The inclusion
of other songs, sorely missing from the original soundtrack including
"Spectacular Spectacular" and Jim Broadbent and Richard
Roxburgh's version of "Like a Virgin," help to flush
out this album as more of an "original cast recording"
than the previous album was.
When all is
said and done, Moulin Rouge 2 is the stronger of the two
soundtracks, but in no way replaces the first. For one to get
the most songs from the film, you are still going to have to get
offering the versions of the songs which were prominently featured
in the film, it acts as a spectacular accompaniment to one of
the most ambitious and imaginative films in recent years. Fans
of the film will adore this new album as it takes them back to
experience the magic of the Moulin Rouge time and time again.
without that stupid Beck song.