Spanning club-friendly dance-pop, confessional singer/songwriters and classic pop, the soundtrack to The L Word: The Second Season showcases the series' eclectic taste in music. The album gets off to a great start with Dusty Springfield's subtly sexy "Just a Little Lovin'," the Organ's mysterious and urgent "Brother" and Ladytron's glamorously hungover "Playgirl." For the most part, the rest of the soundtrack manages to keep this momentum going while keeping the sound diverse: Edgier tracks such as Martina Topley-Bird's "Ilya" -- a dark, sleek song that picks up where her collaborations with Tricky left off -- and the dance-punk of Le Tigre's "On the Verge" mix surprisingly well with more straightforward material such as Heart's "No Other Love" and Shawn Colvin's "Sunny Came Home." Other standouts include Grandadbob's "Mmmnn," Shirley Bassey and AwayTeam's "Where Do I Begin" and Betty's cheeky theme to The L-Word, which sounds like a lesbian-themed version of "My Favorite Things" as performed by 4 Non Blondes. A hipper and more contemporary collection than the first season's soundtrack, The L-Word- Season 2 works well both in and out of the show's context.
AllMusic Review by Heather Phares