24 Hour Woman

Original Soundtrack

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24 Hour Woman Review

by William Ruhlmann

The 24 Hour Woman, the story of a television producer who becomes pregnant and is forced to juggle the conflicting demands of career and family, is a star vehicle for Rosie Perez, and this various-artists album of songs mostly used here and there in the film reflects her persona and, apparently, her taste, since she is credited as executive soundtrack producer. The album alternates high-energy dance tracks like Ultra Naté's "Pressure (Spank Mix)" with Latin songs sung in Spanish and urban ballads. Two tracks, Frankie Negrón's "Princesa" and Vélas' "Lucharé," are not actually in the film and are described as "bonus tracks." The songs that seem to carry the film's message are Lisa Fischer and Masters at Work's "When You're a Woman" (co-written and co-produced by Luther Vandross) and Siedah Garrett's "You Can Have It All," while Chico DeBarge's "Ms. Wonderful" recycles generations of sexist clichés from the mouths of would-be lovermen. Nothing here is particularly impressive, but fans of the film may want this album as a souvenir, especially if they like the same kind of music the star does.

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