Director Jonathan Demme has displayed a care about assembling the music for his motion pictures that includes his concert movie about the Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense; Something Wild; and Philadelphia, on which he induced such luminaries as Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young to contribute new songs. The Truth About Charlie is Demme's remake of Stanley Donen's Alfred Hitchcock-style 1963 romantic thriller Charade, about a widow who is pursued by her late husband's criminal partners in search of lost loot, with Mark Wahlberg in the Cary Grant role and Thandie Newton standing in for Audrey Hepburn. Demme makes use of the Paris setting to employ a collection of source music drawn from the pop music of France and of African expatriates resident in France. For good measure, he tosses in occasional examples of alternative rock from the likes of the Feelies, the Soft Boys (who had a lead singer named Hitchcock, of course), and Sparklehorse. Composer Rachel Portman's score is represented only by a five-minute excerpt, "Truthful Moods." On its own, the soundtrack album comes off as a collection of exotica, mostly sung in French, with elements of dance-pop and Jamaican music. It never quite coheres, but there are some ear-catching moments.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann