Original Soundtrack

The Back-Up Plan [Original Soundtrack]

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Jennifer Lopez, the star of the chick flick The Back-up Plan, sets the tone for the film and this various-artist soundtrack album (there is also a score album) with the leadoff track, "What Is Love?," a piece of typical dance-pop about the search for Mr. Right. Actually, her character in the film, despairing of ever finding Mr. Right, has opted for artificial insemination when, magically, he shows up in the person of co-star Alex O'Loughlin. If this album is any indication, their courtship proceeds through a series of encounters at discos. Probably not, but you'd think so as a series of dance-pop tracks ensues, some of them (Michael Franti & Spearhead's "Say Hey [I Love You]," k-os' "Crabbuckit") with a Caribbean flavor. There are also wet romantic pop songs like Colbie Caillat's "Fallin' for You" and pop/rockers such as V.V. Brown's "Bottles" and the Submarines' "You Me & the Bourgeoisie." Oddest of all are the two "bonus tracks" (does that frequently misused phrase have any meaning at all anymore?), covers of "She Drives Me Crazy" and "What a Wonderful World" as performed by Raney Shockne featuring Barbara Perry. Presumably, Perry is the vocalist, and her tone-deaf renditions will put many listeners in mind of the early rounds of American Idol; she's supposed to be so bad she's amusing, but she's not, she's just awful and painful to hear.

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