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Maybe Baby

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Humorist Ben Elton's first directorial venture, the Brit romantic comedy-with-an-edge Maybe Baby features a soundtrack that manages to be pleasingly eclectic while staying both within the boundaries of pop and true to the film it supports. Not a lot of big names or familiar hits in the mostly-Brit lineup: There's Paul McCartney with an exuberant version of Buddy Holly's "Maybe Baby," arguably the best tune on the album; Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up"; and George Michael's silken-smooth "I Can't Make You Love Me." But it is the lesser-knowns that steal the show. Shack, Birth, and Hobotalk turn in lovely, melancholy songs that complement the film's tone of bittersweet humor wonderfully. Even the two dance tracks (by Madison Avenue and Gold 'N' Delicious) don't jar. The only false notes are struck by Westlife and Atomic Kitten -- sappy ballad and insipid teen pop respectively, that stick out like sore thumbs, marring an otherwise perfectly likeable album.

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