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- Matthew Turner Music and Entertainment Editor
- 2000 11 Nov
The album opens with Leigh Nash singing the Dianne Warren song, Need To Be Next To You. Warren, who has penned No. 1 songs for Celine Dion, Aerosmith and Faith Hill, has desired to work with Sixpence None the Richer in the past, but it never worked out until Nash decided she would do this one song on her own. Matt Serletic who produced Santanas No. 1 smash hit, Smooth, produces the song. Currently, Need To Be Next To You is moving up the adult contemporary charts and has already created Oscar buzz.
Other highlights on the album include an introduction to British singer/songwriter, Beth Orton. Her song, Central Reservations, is a beautiful demonstration of this young ladys intricate vocals and her severely human songwriting. Its also refreshing to see the return of Sophie B. Hawkins. Her song, Lose Your Way, written and produced by Hawkins, is a breathy, ethereal reminder of faithfulness in love. Deleriums song Silence, featuring the vocals of Sarah McLachlan, is a hauntingly beautiful composition that, although it is my favorite cut on the album, somehow doesnt fit with the rest of the album. One forgets how talented McLachlan is as a vocalist.
As with most soundtrack albums, there are a several songs that are less than wonderful. Hush, by Angie Aparo, reminds us why we are no longer want to live in the 80s. Anika Paris Im No Ordinary Girl has an extremely annoying chorus. Its a shame, I love the verses, but the chorus ruins it for me.
Overall the album is good, but most Christian music fans or Sixpence fans would be just as satisfied buying the single of the Nash song.