Craig Armstrong & Various Artists : Moulin Rouge 2
There are but two kinds of people in the world: Those captivated by Baz Luhrmann's heady, postmodernist musical romp Moulin Rouge--and everybody else. Oddly, the film's initial soundtrack release may have been the project's most traditional element, marketing a slate of pop-star contributions that gave listeners a sometimes-skewed perspective on its true musical charms. This follow-up corrects much of that oversight, offering original film versions of "Sparkling Diamonds" (the lavish, Nicole Kidman-performed medley of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" and "Material Girl"), Jim Broadbent's and Richard Roxburgh's loopy take on "Like a Virgin," as well as the lively Offenbach "Can Can" parody "The Pitch (Spectacular Spectacular)." It also pays homage to the efforts of composer Craig Armstrong, whose quietly compelling underscore often binds the film's other far-flung musical influences together, be they stately orchestral readings of Elton John's "Your Song," a dramatic arrangement for Kidman and Ewan MacGregor's original film duet of "Come What May," or his dark, melodramatic take on Queen's "The Show Must Go On." The first Moulin Rouge soundtrack collection flaunted the film's bold, cross-genre ambitions; this one chronicles its nakedly emotional heart and soul. --Jerry McCulley
1. [2:28] Your Song (From The Rehearsal Montage Scene) (Moulin Rouge 2/Soundtrack Version)
2. [2:52] Sparkling Diamonds (Original Film Version)
3. [5:10] One Day I'll Fly Away (Tony Phillips Remix)
4. [2:51] The Pitch (Spectacular Spectacular) (Original Film Version)
5. [4:38] Come What May (Original Film Version)
6. [3:10] Like A Virgin (Original Film Version)
7. [2:38] Meet Me In The Red Room (Original Film Version)
8. [4:55] Your Song (From The After The Storm Scene) (Moulin Rouge 2/Soundtrack Version)
9. [3:04] The Show Must Go On (Original Film Version)
10. [4:09] Ascension/Nature Boy (From The Death And Ascension Scene) (Moulin Rouge 2/Soundtrack Version)
11. [6:53] Closing Credits: Bolero (Original Film Version)
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