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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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The soundtrack to 1987's Dirty Dancing was an enormous hit, reaching number one on the Billboard charts and launching three Top Ten hits, including Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' chart-topping duet "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." The soundtrack to its belated sequel-cum-remake, 2004's Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, is not likely to enjoy a similar fate. A collection of Latin-flavored pop, R&B, hip-hop, and dance, the album may be more stylistically unified than the original's soundtrack, but ironically, it plays like a hodgepodge -- a collection of leftovers, tossed-off new songs, and filler. While nothing here is unpleasant -- although Black Eyed Peas' ridiculous "Dirty Dancing" comes close, thanks to its chorus refrain of "I just want to be dancing/Dirty, dirty dancing" -- nobody is at their best, and after a while, it all blends together, sounding as if it's all variations on two Cuban-flavored grooves. To be blunt, it never rises above the level of background music, and while that might work for some movies, when it's a movie about the danger and sexiness of music and dance, you need a soundtrack with much more spark than this.

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