The Best Songs on a Movie Soundtrack Are in the Movie’s Credits

As a movie and music buff, I like to buy soundtracks to movies so I know what music to expect in the movie.  In many cases, most of the best songs on soundtracks were not played until the end credits started.  If the soundtrack is mostly composed music with one or two songs on the album, the song(s) are definitely going to during the credits.  Take, for example, “Love Song for a Vampire” by Annie Lennox was on the “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” soundtrack and it did not play until halfway through the movie’s end credits.

 

 

Here are some more examples of end credit songs:

 







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Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” Album Review

Today marks the release of Justin Timberlake’s highly anticipated third studio album, The 20/20 Experience, and it is definitely worth the wait.  The overall theme and feel of The 20/20 Experience is a guy that is hopelessly and head over heels in love.  It is apparent that this is J.T.’s love letter to recently married bride, actress Jessica Biel.  Love looks good on Timberlake.  While most of the songs on Timberlake’s new album are 7 minutes or more, the songs are so great that you wish they were longer.   Here’s the songs that stood out to me:

  • “Pusher Love Girl”: Funk, Justin Timberlake style.  This song is addictive.  “Pusher Love Girl” pulls you in with the brilliant use of strings at the opening of the song.  Definitely a strong start to this album.  Just when you think the song is going to end around 5 minutes, here comes the breakdown that satisfies.
  • “Suit & Tie”: The first single from The 20/20 Experience.  This song gave us a good glimpse at the style of Timberlake’s third album.  Like Justin, this song personifies sexy while keeping things classy.  Jay-Z’s guest vocal on this track show how great Timberlake is when it comes to collaborating with other well-known artists.
  • “Don’t Hold the Wall”: Timberlake’s long-time collaborator, Timbaland makes his second appearance on this album (the first on  “Suit & Tie”).  This song has a very seductive feel to it.  The perfect song for a long make out session.
  • “Strawberry Bubblegum”: Reminds me of a Barry White song.  This is a great thing because Barry White was the master of sexy songs and this song shows Timberlake as White’s successor.  The best thing about Justin Timberlake is that while most of his songs are about women, he knows that the best way to woman’s heart is through romance.  This song does this well.
  • “Let the Groove In”:  This song has a Latin/ Reggaeton feel to it.  It’s hard not to want to dance to this song.
  • “Mirrors”: The second single off of The 20/20 Experience.  This song definitely has a Justified (Timberlake’s first solo album) feel to it.
  • “Blue Ocean Floor”: The last song on The 20/20 Experience is one of the strongest on this album.  This song has a haunting melody to it and displays a vulnerable Timberlake.
  • “Body Count” (available only on Target deluxe version): A very funky bonus song that reminds of “My Love” from Timberlake’s previous album, Futuresex/ Lovesounds.

This album displays Justin Timberlake at his best and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Last night at a release party for the album, Timberlake confirmed the statement from The Roots drummer and friend to Timberlake, ?uestlove that this album is only half of The 20/20 Experience.  Timberlake revealed the second half would be out later this year.

Music of My Favorite Decade The 1990s Part 2: Legendary Singers

Continuing with the theme established in the previous article with the similar name, the 1990s also brought singers that managed to achieve great staying power.  The first of these artists is Ricky Martin.  From the time Ricky Martin was a teenager, he has been in the public eye.    In 1984 a thirteen year-old Ricky joined the Latin boy band, Menudo and became a young Latino heart throb.  In 1990, Martin started his solo career in singing and even 1994, starring on the ABC soap, General Hospital, but it wasn’t until 1999 that Ricky Martin would become widely known in the United States when he performed at the Grammys that year.

Ricky Martin’s first English single,  “Living la Vida Loca” sent him soaring into stardom.

Recently, Ricky came out as gay to the world and not long after that he released a memoir about his life on and off stage and what led him to reveal that he was gay.  Martin also released his latest album Musica + Alma +Sexo with the first single off the new album being “The Best Thing About Me Is You”, a duet with singer/ songwriter Joss Stone.  The video for this single features many same-sex couples.

Another legendary singer to debut during the 90s is Britney Spears.  Like Ricky Martin, Britney started young in the entertainment industry on the New Mickey Mouse Club on the Disney Channel.

Britney hit the music scene in 1999 when the title track of her album, …Baby One More Time, debuted and sold 500, 000 copies in one day

 Britney’s rise to stardom was not without its shares of ups and downs though.  From her marriage and divorce to the father of her children, Kevin Federline,  to her bouts with hospitalization, Britney suffered many troubling issues but despite those moments in her life, Britney endured.  Earlier this year, she released her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale, and the first single, “Hold It Against Me” debuted at number one.

Britney Spears has become a big influence in pop culture.  So much so, that the Fox television show, Glee, did an episode tribute to her with Spears herself making a cameo appearance.

Like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake got his start on the New Mickey Mouse Club.

Justin’s introduction into the music industry was as part of the boy band ‘N SYNC.  The group became widely popular with the teen set when their first single off their self-titled debut album, “I Want You Back”, premiered. 

It was apparent early on that Justin was a star but Justin’s stock rose when he went off to start his solo career.  In Feburary 2004, Timberlake came under fire for his role in the now infamous Janet Jackson “Wardrobe malfunction” during the Super Bowl halftime show.

Justin publicly apologized for his role in that incident and was back in the good graces of the American public.  In September 2006, Justin Timberlake released his second album, FutureSex/ LoveSounds, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.  The first single off the new album, “Sexyback” was an instant hit.

The style of FutureSex/ LoveSounds was different from his debut solo album due to Justin’s creative control and production partnership with producer/rapper Timbaland.  The duo of Timberlake and Timbaland was a winning combination that led to other artists like Duran Duran and Madonna using the duo’s talent to create hit songs.  Timberlake has also solidified himself as a talented actor starring in films such as Alpha Dog, The Social Network, and this summer’s Bad Teacher.