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Beautiful Girls


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  • Producers: Roland Gift, Jools Holland, Greg Dulli, Harold Chichester, Marc Becker, Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, Cary Gilbert, Bruce Calder, The Satchel Partnership, Erik Jacobson, Dave Stewart, Greg Frey, Thom Bell, Bob Ezrin, E. Walker, Tom Catalano.
  • Engineers: Ron Burrows, John Curley, Marc Becker, Tom Boyer, Joe Tarsia, Bruce Calder, The Satchel Partnership, Mark Needham, Brett Eliason, Greg Frey, Jay Messina, Corky Stasiak, Wolf Stephenson, Tommy Couch, Sr.
  • It is apt that the soundtrack to BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, a film that follows several men as they attempt to understand their relationships with the women in their lives, consists entirely of songs by men, about the women they love. It takes a while to get to the cheery stuff, though; the first ray of optimism (King Floyd's 1970 funk-pop hit "Groove Me") is preceded by eleven songs documenting unrequited love, impassioned pleas, and love affairs doomed from the start.
  • Roland Gift of Fine Young Cannibals kicks things off with the soulful "That's How Strong My Love Is," reminiscent of mid-'70s Van Morrison. The Me Decade is well-represented here--Billy Paul's "Me And Mrs. Jones," Kiss' "Beth" and Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" are all prominently featured. The Afghan Whigs cover Barry White's "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Babe," shifting the song to a minor key and giving it an ominous, threatening tone. Satchel, Pete Droge and Chris Isaak contribute original compositions, as does Ween, whose doleful ballad "I'll Miss You" is mind-bogglingly and unlike anything the band has ever released.
  • Personnel: Pete Droge (vocals, guitar); Rick McCollum (guitar); Ed Wilson (steel guitar); Happy Chichester (piano, organ, background vocals); Pat Frey (drums, tambourine); Doug Falsetti (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Chris Fuhrman; Dennis Herring; Greg Dulli; Greg Frey; Joe Tarsia; John Curley ; Mark Needham; Matt Wallace ; Brett Eliason.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Paul Buchignani.
  • The Gen-X romantic comedy Beautiful Girls appropriately has a Gen-X soundtrack, featuring covers of '70s songs (the Afghan Whigs take on Barry White's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe") with new tracks from neo-slackers like Pete Droge, as well as '70s classics from the Spinners and Kiss. Lacking the overall consistency of the Reality Bites and Singles soundtracks, Beautiful Girls is still fairly strong, as the strong moments -- Spinners, Kiss, Roland Gift, Ween -- outweigh the lesser moments, which are simply mediocre, never embarrassing or bad. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (2/2/96, p.59) - "To accompany this BIG CHILL-ish flick about a high-school reunion of Gen Xers, exec producer Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs has spiked the soundtrack with Top 40 standards from...the '70s?..."

- Rating: B
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