Various Artists Confessions of a Shopaholic Review

Released 2009.  

BBC Review

Can't wait for Sex and the City II? Not a problem

Michael Quinn 2009

Can't wait for Sex and the City II? Not a problem: here's Confessions Of A Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella's chick-lit romantic comedy about a fashion-obsessed financial journalist whose spending habits land her in trouble with, ahem, hilarious consequences.

Happily, Confessions' soundtrack scores considerably higher than the shambles assembled to accompany the adventures of Carrie Bradshaw last summer. The tone is sassy and sharp – Greg Laswell's drab Coldplay-by-numbers cover of Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want to Have Fun the sole dreary exception – with Jordyn Taylor's Accessory a pretty good take on Fergie, and self-confessed fashionista and lady of the moment, Lady GaGa, setting out her haute couture credentials in Fashion. Jessie James' Blue Jeans is fizzy and feisty, the Shontelle/Akon duet Stuck With Each Other a sweetly defiant tug-of-war, and a brace of tracks from Kat DeLuna (signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik label) blends pop with R&B lite, with Lil Wayne putting in a guest appearance on top ten hit Untouchable.

The real draws here are the half-dozen exclusive tracks that include a new offering from Macy Gray in the shape and sound of the mellow, down-at-heart Don't Forget About Me, the Pussycat Dolls covering Rihanna and Chris Brown's Bad Girl in a way that manages to be simultaneously sultry and raucous, and the wistful but warbling Natasha Bedingfield's Again.

Trey Songz's Takes Time To Love, however, is formulaic drivel while 3LW's Adrienne Bailon, no stranger to the world of fashion design herself, contributes two instantly forgettable tracks. Things are rounded off with a fresh, peppy, Suite built around an affecting Spanish guitar line drawn from original music composed by James Newton Howard.

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