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The Fighting Temptations :The Fighting Temptations - Soundtrack
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Release Date: 9 September 2003

Reviewed By: Dani Boobyer

 

1. Fighting Temptation - Beyonce, Missy, MC Lyte, Free

2. I Know - Destiny's Child

3. Rain Down - Angie Stone, Eddie Levert Sr.

4. To Da River - T-Bone, Zane, Montell Jordan

5. I'm Getting Reday - Nesby, Ann

6. Stone - Nesby, Ann & Shirley Caesar

7. Heaven Knows

8. Fever - Beyonce

9. Everything I Do - Beyonce, Bilal

10. Loves Me Like A Rock - O'Jays

11. Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Beyonce

12. He Still Loves Me - Beyonce, Walter Williams Sr.

13. Time To Come Home - Beyonce, Angie Stone, Melba Moore

14. Don't Fight The Feeling - Solange, Papa Reu

15. Summertime - Beyonce, P Diddy


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Once upon a time Cuba Gooding Jr. was a good actor - remember 'Jerry Maguire'? But ever since then he seems to have been trying desperately to prove to the World he can’t act and 2002’s 'Boat Trip' was a career low-point. 'The Fighting Temptations' does little to redeem his reputation. The shaky plot, rehashed from chick-flicks like ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Sister Act 2‘, is pushed to the limit by Cuba’s hammy acting and might have bombed at the box-office if it hadn’t have been for the combination of Beyoncé’s apple pie good looks and angelic voice.

The soundtrack features more of Ms. Knowles’ soulful vocals as she is joined by a virtual Who’s Who of urban music, including Destiny’s Child, Missy Elliot, Angie Stone, Montell Jordan, Faith Evans, and P. Diddy.

The album jumpstarts with the explosive ‘Fighting Temptation‘, the movie’s theme, setting R&B princess Beyoncé’s sweet vocals against the hard sounds of Missy and MC Lyte‘s raps. The track’s positive lyrics set the tone for the rest of the album, with a well worn message about striving for the best and fighting against negativity.

The album’s two stand out tracks are undoubtedly Faith Evans’ spine-tingling cover of Donna Summer’s disco anthem ‘Heaven Knows’, and Beyoncé’s sizzling revamp of classic track ‘Fever‘, proving, along with her other tracks on the album, she has the vocal ability to hold her own alongside the more established divas on the album.

Other highlights include Angie Stone’s infectious ‘Rain Down‘, and Shirley Caeser and Ann Nesby’s powerful duet ‘The Stone‘, both traditional gospel tracks given a contemporary makeover. Religious hip-hop track ’To Da River’, featuring Montell Jordan, is also noteworthy, proving rap doesn’t need to focus on sex and money to be addictive.

I couldn’t help being disappointed by Destiny’s Child’s new track ‘I Know‘ which, though solid, pales in comparison with their earlier anthems ‘Survivor‘ and ‘Bootylicious‘.

One track to skip is Solange Knowles’ mediocre attempt at hip-hop, ‘Don’t Fight The Feeling’. It adds nothing to the album, except perhaps to highlight just how talented the other singers are.

Beyoncé’s scorching ‘Summertime’, featuring P. Diddy, is a infectious piece of R&B about failing in love in the summer sun which ends the album on a smooth, laid-back high.

The odd low-point aside, I doubt you’ll be able to fight the temptation to buy this great collection of positive gospel, intoxicating R&B, and infectious hip-hop, which you’ll still be listening to long after the film has been buried deep in the bargain basket at your local video shop.

4/5

Top 3 tracks:

8) Fever
7) Heaven Knows
1) Fighting Temptation


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