Various Artists

Uptown Girls [Music From and Inspired By the Motion Picture]

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The soundtrack to Uptown Girls could be called "Upbeat Girls," it's so full of relentlessly cheerful, chirpy music performed by female artists. While there are a few tracks performed by men scattered through the album, such as Sense Field's power ballad "On Your Own" and Jesse Spencer's theatrical "Sheets of Egyptian Cotton" and "Night of Love," they tend to be on the sappy, romantic side, providing a foil for the sassy-yet-sensitive, female-sung songs that make up the bulk of the collection. Sixpence None the Richer's Leigh Nash begins the album with the breezy "Charmed Life," while the sophisticated pop of Erin McKeown's "Slung-Lo" and the Weekend's bouncy "Victory" keep things from getting entirely too sweet. Aside from these songs and the stylish dance-pop of the Cooler Kids' "E Is for Everybody," however, most of the album is drowning in saccharine. Fans of the movie probably won't be put off by its soundtrack's intense sweetness, but others might want to steer clear for fear of giving their ears cavities.

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