While the movie that inspired it may go for predictable laughs, the soundtrack to Bringing Down the House is surprisingly fresh, mixing contemporary urban and classic soul with tried and true and up-and-coming hip-hop artists. Maybe it's not such a surprise that the album mixes songs like Eve and Jadakiss' party-starting "Let Go (Hit the Dance Floor)" and Barry White's "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little Bit More Babe" so adeptly, considering that the film's star, Queen Latifah, was also an executive producer on the soundtrack. Latifah appears on the album twice, crooning and rapping on the sweetly soul-tinged "Better Than the Rest" and displaying her still-formidable skills on "Do Your Thing," which also features Mario Winans. A fair portion of the soundtrack stays on the mellow, laid-back side -- even Foxy Brown's "Whatcha Gonna Do" is surprisingly subdued -- as exemplified by Floetry's "Where's the Love," Kelly Price's "Ain't Nobody," and Calvin Richardson's "Next to You," but Mr. Cheeks' "Move Somethin," N.E.R.D.'s "Rock Star," and the Unit's "Gutta" give the album a harder edge. Overall, Bringing Down the House is better than it has any right to be, and far superior to the movie it supports.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares