An album by Original Soundtrack/Original TV Soundtrack/Various Artists
Producers include: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Timbaland. Engineers include: Brad Gilderman, Drew Coleman, Michael Patterson. "A Song For Mama" was nominated … see full wiki
I am not a big fan of sound tracks mainly because most of the music contained on them is frankly not worth listening to. There are notable exceptions however, and the soundtrack for the movie Soulfood is on of them.
Earth, Wind & Fire, Boyz-II-Men, Monica, Dru Hill, Blackstreet, Usher, En Vogue, and Tony, Toni, Tone are just some of the names that make this CD a nice one to have in the living room, bedroom, or in the car. This diverse group of people represent a good mixture of old school (Earth, Wind & Fire, and some would say Boyz-II-Men and En Vogue, but I beg to differ), R&B mixed with new school R&B (Monica, Usher, and Milestone), mixed with hip-hop and rap (Puff Daddy, Xscape, and Outcast).
The CD was produced by Babyface, which is reason enoughin my mind anywayto buy the CD, and most of the tracks (7 out of 13) were written by him. Most notably A Song for Mama (sung by Boyz-II-Men), I Care About You (sung by Milestone), Were Not Making Love (sung by Dru Hill), Baby I (sung by Tenderoni), Slow Jam (sung by Monica & Usher), Boys and Girls (sung by Tony, Toni, Tone), and You are the Man (sung by En Vogue).
The CD opens with a classic from Boyz-II-Men entitled A song for Mama and I can only repeat what I said about the track in my review of Boyz-II-Men CD Evolutionhttp://www.epinions.com/musc-review-2BC6-A7E485B-38AC20E4-prod6. It is a beautiful and touching tribute to mothers everywhere and a very fitting track for a movie where a mother is a central theme.
Not being a big fan of hip hop or rap (Puff Daddy always sounds a little like a young boy with something to prove, than a man who is secure in himself), I did not enjoy the selection performed by the boys and girls of rap. So I find myself skipping over most of them. Your tastes might be different so I encourage you to listen to the whole album and form your own opinion.
One of my favorite tracks on the CD I care about You, is by a new group formed just for this soundtrack by Babyface, called Milestone. If you have seen the movie then you know they are featured during a scene in the movie where they sing this beautiful heart wrenching ballot live in a club.
Were Not Making Love is another on of my favorites as well as You are the Man performed with silky smoothness by the sexy, sassy, saucy ladies of En Vogue (a shame they broke up!). There has not been an all female group since (except for perhaps TLC), that can touch these ladies for pure soul, and dynamic harmonizing vocals. They were the personification of the strong, intelligent vibrant Black woman, and they will be missed.
Earth, Wind & FireSeptember put the CD to bed; EWF is always worth a listen! All-n-all I highly recommend this CD, for your collection.