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'Shark Tale' soundtrack sinks

BY KHEPRA AKANKE

Published October 3, 2004

The Shark Tale Soundtrack features edgy artists — like
Ludacris, D-12, Ziggy Marley, Christina Aguilera and The Pussycat
Dolls — who tone down their usual R-rated personas to a more
palatable G-rating for young audiences. The album is a mix of
reggae, disco and hip-hop covers of older songs.

Sean Paul and Ziggy Marley sing a rendition of Bob
Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” They do a creative
remake of a classic using a more up-tempo dance-hall style, making
it perhaps, the best song on the album. Jojo’s “Secret
Love,” has a nice musical arrangement that eliminates the
overproduced sound of some of the other songs. The song
successfully ties into the movie without becoming cliché.
“Lies and Rumors” by D-12 was not so fortunate. It
sounds like the group stood in front of the screen and wrote the
song as the movie played, which resulted in senseless references to
fish and seaweed.

The producers hoped the winning duo of Christina Aguilera and
Missy Elliott could reprise thier successful “Lady
Marmalade.” Unfortunately, their version of the of the
’70s hit “Car Wash” just does not contain the
chemistry that produced a good song. The song is too pop,
reminiscent of Aguilera’s “Genie In a Bottle”
days. From there the album limps along with other matchups that
failed this time around. Justin Timberlake and Timbaland encourage
listeners to “get on the good foot” but they miss the
mark.

Overall, there are simply too many fish and shark references.
The songs cannot be appreciated without viewing the movie. An 8 or
9 year old may find the Shark Tale Soundtrack entertaining for
awhile, but only after they fall in love with the characters of the
movie.


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