Hairspray Soundtrack

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Hairspray Soundtrack

About this item

The soundtrack to Hairspray, the movie, is feel good and eminently well made. A collection of catchy ear candy made with earnestness and style, it's impossible not to get caught up in its sheer good nature.

There's little irony, surprises or even edginess here. Hairspray was a movie, then a musical, then again a movie -- in its present incarnation -- but at heart, it is a traditional musical, about an underdog who gets love and happiness via dance, no less. Its setting in the early, innocent 1960s, lends itself to the inclusion of all kinds of dance beats from be-bop and cha cha cha to swing and rock and roll, adorned with big-band flair.

Fans of the Broadway show will hear much of that music here, although some songs were not included and three -- including "Come So Far," which is used for end credits -- are new.

The good mood is infectious from the onset, set by the opening "Good Morning Baltimore," sung by newcomer Nikki Blonsky, who plays the role of overweight, happy Tracy as she greets her new day. It is a rich potpourri of horns, choruses and castanets plus everything else you can think of to make a bang.

Romance comes in the voice of Zac Efron (of High School Musical fame), who turns here into a sultry crooner with "It Takes Two," a vamping, medium-tempo rock ballad with backing choruses that's a clear invitation to a close-up on the dance floor.

In frank contrast is "Timeless To Me," where John Travolta and Christopher Walken (that's enough should get you listening, right?) sing each other's praises with Frank Sinatra-esque tasteful flair and nightclub arrangements that go in steady crescendo until these two slightly-off voices join in unison. The lyrics ("You're fat and old, but baby, boring you ain't!" says Walken in the role of Wilbur) belie the humor of the track.

Soul can be heard in the ensuing "I Know Where I've Been," an lifting ballad arranged and performed as a spiritual that works marvels thanks to Queen Latifah's vocals.

In case you hadn't noticed by now, this soundtrack, like the film and musical, is sheer fun and endless possibilities. Pessimists really should not apply here; or perhaps they should, to get a dose of positive vibes. As Efron sings in "Without Love:" "Tracy, I'm in love with you, no matter what you weight."

There are many tracks here, featuring multiple acts, that drive home the point that everything is possible for everyone. We'll settle for "You Can't Stop the Beat," with its jazzy overtones, overlapping lines and fabulous horns.

Don't think this one over too much. Just sit back and enjoy, or get up and dance.

About this item

The soundtrack to Hairspray, the movie, is feel good and eminently well made. A collection of catchy ear candy made with earnestness and style, it's impossible not to get caught up in its sheer good nature.

There's little irony, surprises or even edginess here. Hairspray was a movie, then a musical, then again a movie -- in its present incarnation -- but at heart, it is a traditional musical, about an underdog who gets love and happiness via dance, no less. Its setting in the early, innocent 1960s, lends itself to the inclusion of all kinds of dance beats from be-bop and cha cha cha to swing and rock and roll, adorned with big-band flair.

Fans of the Broadway show will hear much of that music here, although some songs were not included and three -- including "Come So Far," which is used for end credits -- are new.

The good mood is infectious from the onset, set by the opening "Good Morning Baltimore," sung by newcomer Nikki Blonsky, who plays the role of overweight, happy Tracy as she greets her new day. It is a rich potpourri of horns, choruses and castanets plus everything else you can think of to make a bang.

Romance comes in the voice of Zac Efron (of High School Musical fame), who turns here into a sultry crooner with "It Takes Two," a vamping, medium-tempo rock ballad with backing choruses that's a clear invitation to a close-up on the dance floor.

In frank contrast is "Timeless To Me," where John Travolta and Christopher Walken (that's enough should get you listening, right?) sing each other's praises with Frank Sinatra-esque tasteful flair and nightclub arrangements that go in steady crescendo until these two slightly-off voices join in unison. The lyrics ("You're fat and old, but baby, boring you ain't!" says Walken in the role of Wilbur) belie the humor of the track.

Soul can be heard in the ensuing "I Know Where I've Been," an lifting ballad arranged and performed as a spiritual that works marvels thanks to Queen Latifah's vocals.

In case you hadn't noticed by now, this soundtrack, like the film and musical, is sheer fun and endless possibilities. Pessimists really should not apply here; or perhaps they should, to get a dose of positive vibes. As Efron sings in "Without Love:" "Tracy, I'm in love with you, no matter what you weight."

There are many tracks here, featuring multiple acts, that drive home the point that everything is possible for everyone. We'll settle for "You Can't Stop the Beat," with its jazzy overtones, overlapping lines and fabulous horns.

Don't think this one over too much. Just sit back and enjoy, or get up and dance.

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Specifications

Artist: Soundtrack
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 07/10/2007
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.23
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0079404390892
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Track Listing

1. Good Morning Baltimore - Nikki Blonsky
2. The Nicest Kids In Town - James Marsden
3. It Takes Two - Zac Efron
4. (The Legend Of) Miss Baltimore Crabs - Michelle Pfeiffer
5. I Can Hear The Bells - Nikki Blonsky
6. Ladies' Choice - Zac Efron
7. The New Girl In Town - Brittany Snow
8. Welcome To The 60's - Nikki Blonsky & John Travolta
9. Run And Tell That - Elijah Kelley
10. Big Blonde And Beautiful - Queen Latifah
11. Big Blonde And Beautiful (Reprise) - John Travolta & Michelle Pfeiffer
12. (You're) Timeless To Me - John Travolta & Christopher Walken
13. I Know Where I've Been - Queen Latifah
14. Without Love - Zac Efron / Nikki Blonsky / Elijah Kelley & Amanda Bynes
15. (It's) Hairspray - James Marsden
16. You Can't Stop The Beat - Nikki Blonsky / Zac Efron / Amanda Bynes / Elijah Kelley / John Travolta & Queen Latifah
17. Come So Far (Got So Far To Go) - Queen Latifah / Nikki Blonsky / Zac Efron & Elijah Kelley
18. Cooties - Aimee Allen
19. Mama I'm A Big Girl Now - Ricki Lake / Marissa Jaret Winokur & Nikki Blonsky
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Customer Reviews | 23 reviews | 4.9 out of 5

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Great Movie and Music
8/12/2007

Customer review by The60sGal

5.0 stars 8/12/2007 by The60sGal
by The60sGal

I think this is the greatest movie and the music is great also! Brings all of us that was in the 60s back to a great place that we were once in. Back then you could just have fun,dance,and have the magic for the moment. See the movie and get the CD and you will go back in time and have fun. Signed The 60s Gal

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Charlotte,NC
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
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Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
A Very Great CD
8/7/2007

Customer review by BetOnIt22

5.0 stars 8/7/2007 by BetOnIt22
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One Of The Best Musicals

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BetOnIt22
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:14 - 18
Ownership:1 week or less
Gender:Male
Usage:Every few days
I Love It!
8/30/2007

Customer review by JaynL86

5.0 stars 8/30/2007 by JaynL86
by JaynL86

The title says it all! This CD is more than amazing...it's incredible! (pun intended)

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JaynL86
Monroe, Louisiana
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:18 - 24
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
Awesome music
9/21/2007

Customer review by RaRa1985

5.0 stars 9/21/2007 by RaRa1985
by RaRa1985

I loved this movie! The broadway production is coming to my town later this year and I am so excited! The music is great and I'm counting down the days to when it's released on video.

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a blast from the past
2/18/2009

Customer review by LluviesMom

5.0 stars 2/18/2009 by LluviesMom
by LluviesMom

i got this CD to use it for my soon to be 2 baby girl birthday party she loves the movie and now i have to hear it all the time but i guess its a good thing at least im getting my moneys worth

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Age:18 - 24
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Usage:Every day
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