Something's Gotta Give

Ever sine I saw the movie Something’s Gotta Give, I wanted to hear the soundtrack. Mostly because I wanted to get my grubby little mitts (ok, well, they’re not grubby) on the little theme that played so often in the movie.

Hallelujah! The library has answered my plea. French music galore, this CD reminds me a lot of French Kiss. Both even have a common track – Louis Armstrong’s “La Vie En Rose.” But other than that it’s a whole new set of French music, alongside a few English songs. Also like French Kiss, there is one unique piece of orchestration by a composer I know. How much fun is that! So without further ado, let’s get a cappuccino and pretend like we’re in a cafe.

1.) Louis Armstrong, “La Vie En Rose” – 3:25 With a little horn and piano, we have a song, Louis Armstrong giving us great slow dance music. It’s casual evening under the stars with this song. Perfect way to start off this CD.

2.) Steve Tyrell, “I’ve Got a Crush on You” – 2:33 Even slower and more jazzy, gentle cymbal sweeps and lounging piano makes for another good dancing song. Steve’s throaty voice adds well to the song and is sure to delight.

3.) The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes for You” – 3:21 Another slow song that’s much older. Do you remember the Flamingos? That’s what gives it some of its appeal – and oldie, but still classic. Be sure to light some candles and show your lady a good time if you’re going to play this song.

4.) Astrud Gilberto, “So Nice (Summer Samba)” – 2:39 The pace picks up in this song, just a little. It does have that samba feel to it. The light, casual echo of the female voice goes very well with the unique piano (electric, probably) and tapping beat.

5.) Heitor Pereira, “Remember Me” – 1:53 Hans Zimmer you sneaky little...! Though Heitor performs the piece with delight, Zimmer is the one behind the creation. Even I never would have guessed, but it makes some sense and I absolutely loved this little theme throughout the whole movie and wish that it were longer.

6.) Coralie Clement, “Samba De Mon Coeur Qui Bat” – 3:55 Sung in French by a whispery female voice, it’s another casual song with an even beat. Sometimes I find myself humming along to this song. Especially to the chorus. It’s soft yet clear, with a little interlude by a bit of horn here and there.

7.) Charles Trenet, “Que Reste’til De Nos Amour” – 3:13 This sounds like something you’d hear on a phonograph. It’s a little old, slightly muffled or like it should be crackly. Also in French, although this time a male singer serenades us through more piano and a group of violins and slight brass. It’s a bit nostalgic in that way…

8.) Les Escrocs, “Assedic” – 4:24 I’ve recently gotten more into this one. I like the way it starts off with a little guitar and whistling. The lead male singer’s voice is something like chocolate as he sings more French lyrics. I like a lot of the background noises, ocean waves and occasional laughter. More voices join in on the chorus giving this song a unique edge to the others.

9.) Eartha Kitt, “Je Cherche Un Homme” – 2:51 Who out there remembers Eartha Kitt? Well here she is, all French with a few males in the background as she is accompanied by a little piano and a few other scarce instruments. Her voice is high when she wants it to be, and occasionally fluttery, so after a while you may grow tired of hearing it. There are times when I just skip over this song.

10.) Eartha Kitt, “C’est Si Bon” – 3:00 This song as well. Just can’t get enough French, mostly of Eartha’s voice here with very little background music. She even has a little breakdown where she chitchats with her listener. One day my mother was translating – Eartha’s a greedy girl. Haha.

11.) Django Reinhardt, “Brazil” – 2:49 Another old, slightly muffled and fuzzy song (don’t worry, it’s still pretty clear and the oldness gives it character). It’s foot-tapping with what I believe is a clarinet (at least it sounds similar to one) in the lead, other instruments strumming along behind it. This one can get inside your head, so be careful of that.

12.) Stephane Grapelli, Isla Eckinger, Ike Isaacs, and The Diz Disley Trio, “Sweet Lorraine” – 3:08 This time we have a violin in the lead, with a guitar and very faint percussion all working together to produce great music you can dine to or wine taste to. Very casual, fun, good kick back music.

13.) Deon Jackson, “Love Makes the World Go Round” – 2:29 This song caught me off guard. I don’t remember it in the movie, but it makes me all happy the way it starts out. The little chimes at the start are happy-go-lucky with snapping fingers to keep time. Deon’s high voice is backed up with other singers for the chorus and other brief sections. Nice touch; also an older song I’m sure. One you can hum to (or sing, whichever you like).

14.) Jack Nicholson, “La Vie En Rose” – 2:56 Though not as slick as Kevin Kline’s “La Mer” in French Kiss, hey, it’s still Jack. And he’s not too shabby with the karaoke either. He’s got that deep, casual voice with a little chuckling laughter behind it. He sort of half sings, half speaks the words, but it works quite well for him. He sings it in English first, and then switches over to French. I don’t know how good Jack’s French is, but it sounds good enough for me. See? It’s okay for celebrities to sing once and a while…

This is a very nice soundtrack. A good compilation of songs great for when you want to relax or feel like you’re somewhere other than where you are (in my case, trying to escape Illinois). I always wonder where they find these songs to go with the soundtrack. Unless they’re all made right then and there and just given a coating of old-timeyness to make them sound a certain way, but I’m not getting that impression.

None of these are going to disappoint you. I can’t pinpoint where all of them are in the movie, but that’s okay. That often happens with soundtracks like these. I don’t have anything bad to say about this soundtrack because it’s pretty simple and straight to the point. It is what it is, and since all these songs were basically stand alones from the get go, there’s no attachment involved.

It’s a good soundtrack. Go buy it. Enjoy it. Have some wine or dance with your significant other to it. Unless you don’t like French music. Then never mind.


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