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Honey Review

by Heather Phares

Not surprisingly for a film that looks and plays like a cross between Glitter and Save the Last Dance, Honey's soundtrack features a lot of stylish, danceable hip-hop and urban pop, led by Missy Elliot's "Hurt Sumthin" and Fabolous' "Now Ride," one of the biggest rap hits at the time of the movie's release. Indeed, with the inclusion of tracks like Sean Paul's "Gimme the Light," Nate Dogg's "Leave Her Alone," and Tweet's "Thugman," the soundtrack does almost as good a job of rounding up hip-hop and urban trends in 2003 as that year's Now That's What I Call Music! collections did. Blaque's "I'm Good" and Tamia's "It's a Party" are two of the album's most infectious tracks, while Amerie's "Think of You," Goapele's "Closer," and Yolanda Adams' "I Believe" edge closer to standard urban balladry. Erick Sermon's "React" and Mark Ronson's "Ooh Wee" are a couple of the other hip-hop highlights of this soundtrack, which isn't always inspired but does work well as a kinetic set of hip-hop and urban music.

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