The soundtrack to Barbershop 2: Back in Business is now on the streets from Interscope and features tracks from Mary J. Blige and Eve ("Not Today"), Sleepy Brown and Outkast ("I Can't Wait") and G-Unit ("Unconditionally") as well as tracks by Olivia, the Clipse, Mobb Deep and more.
The new teen movie, Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!, has a soundtrack to appeal to music lovers of all ages. Pulled largely from the singer-songwriter roster of Chicago-based Aware Records, the disc includes mid-tempo pop-rock songs pulled from albums released by Aware artists John Mayer ("Back to You"), Wheat ("Some Days"), Five for Fighting ("Something About You") Alice Peacock ("Leading With My Heart"), Bleu ("I Won't Go to Hollywood") and The Thorns ("Blue"), as well as a track by the label's most recent signee, 16-year-old John Mayer-esque Canadian guitarist Kyle Riabko.
There are also a couple of non-Aware artists, including Wilshire ("Special"), Liz Phair and her megahit "Why Can't I" and a couple of dance mix tracks from BT (the sugary techno of "Superfabulous") and Soul Kid #1 (with the amusing strut of "More Bounce in California").
Fans of Francis Ford Coppola's 1982 eccentric film One From the Heart can now get a remastered version of the Tom Waits-Crystal Gayle soundtrack, including two previously unreleased Waits bonus tracks, and a short music video by Coppola's son. The disc is available on Columbia and was timed to come out at the same time as the remastered DVD version of the movie, which was actually based on the soundtrack, rather than the other way around. According to Coppola on the CD's liner notes, before shooting the movie, Coppola told Waits, "What I really want you guys to do is make an album called One From the Heart and then I'll make a movie that goes with it."
If the Win a Date soundtrack whets your appetite for Wilshire with the inclusion of its catchy-as-can-be pop track "Special," you can also pick up the band's new CD, from which "Special" is taken.
Wilshire offers almost a dozen smart, cheerful pop songs on New Universe, leading off with the infectious, chiming guitars and big harmonies of "Special."
There's a strong tradition of male-female pop duos, from Eurythmics to Roxette, and Wilshire joins the roster of those groups with penache. Guitarist Micah Wilshire contributes harmony vocals, as lead vocalist Lori Wilshire moves from seductive vulnerability to overpowering strength on these 11 songs, from the melancholic yet inspiring "Nothing Left to Lose" (I've got nothing left to lose/standing on the edge of my new universe") to the gorgeous string backdrops of the duo's stirring duet on "In Your Arms" to the Beatlesesque piano-driven "Fool for You."
This is a nicely drawn disc of easy listening pop. Recommended.