Reprising the love interests of swashbuckling Jack Colton (Michael Douglas) and romance novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) The Jewel of the Nile is a loose sequel to 1984's surprise adventure-comedy hit Romancing the Stone. Set in the remote desert areas of North Africa, the soundtrack is naturally themed in a rhythmic African flavoring, but also completely drenched in a synthetic, electro-dance veneer. The obvious highlights are Billy Ocean's "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going," and Whodini's "Freaks Come Out at Night," which are easily recognized pop hits from the time period. Jamaican-born Precious Wilson sings the charming title track, Ruby Turner lends the soulful ballad "I'm in Love," and composer Jack Nitzsche (Officer And A Gentleman, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest) contributes decent orchestral instrumentals "Love Theme," and "The Plot Thickens." But like many '80s soundtracks, there's an abundance of obscure acts and forgettable music. Offerings by Hugh Masekela and Jonathan Butler, the Willesden Dodgers, the Nubians, and Mark Shreeve, may heighten film sequences, but sadly leave much to be desired merely on record. Even with Billy Ocean and Whodini, the music contained on The Jewel of the Nile is hardly adventurous, and only really necessary as a film collectable.
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AllMusic Review by Craig Curtice