Album: Music from the Motion Picture Mona Lisa Smile
Artist: various artists
2003 Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax
CD: 515036 2

Produced by Trevor Horn (1-14), Barbra Streisand (15)
Engineered by Robert Orton (1-14)
Recorded & mixed by David Reitzas (15)
Vocals recorded by Humberto Gatica (3)
Mastered by Vlado Meller

Soundtrack executive producers: Glen Brunman, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Randall Poster, Lia Vollack
Executive in charge of music for Revolution Studios: Denise Luiso

1. Seal: Mona Lisa Smile [Ray Evans/Jay Livingston] (3:11)
2. Tori Amos: You Belong to Me [Pee Wee King/Chilton Price/Redd Stewart] (3:04)
3. Celine Dion: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered [Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart] (2:45)
4. Elton John: The Heart of Every Girl [mus: John, lyr: Bernie Taupin] (3:40)
5. Macy Gray: Santa Baby [Joan Javits/Phil Springer/Tony Springer] (3:29)
6. Tori Amos: Murder He Says [Frank Loesser/Jimmy McHugh] (3:21)
7. Chris Isaak: Besame Mucho [Consuelo Velazquez] (2:46)
8. Mandy Moore: Secret Love [Sammy Fain/Paul Webster] (3:40)
9. Alison Krauss: What'll I Do [Irving Berlin] (3:12)
10. The Trevor Horn Orchestra: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) [Jimmy Kennedy/Nat Simon] (2:26)
11. The Trevor Horn Orchestra: Sh Boom [James C Keyes/Carl Feaster/Floyd McRae/Claude Feaster/James W Edwards] (2:50)
12. Kelly Rowland: I'm Beginning to See the Light [Duke Ellington/Don George/Johnny Hodges/Harry James] (1:47)
13. Lisa Stansfield: I've Got the World on a String [Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler] (2:20)
14. Barbra Streisand: Smile [mus: Charles Chaplin, lyr: John Turner/Geoffrey Parsons] (4:17)
15. Suite [Rachel Portman] (5:33)

(15) arranged and conducted by Jeremy Lubbock

Notes: Track 8 is marked with the note, "Film may contain different version of song". Apart from the new piece by Elton John, the album features pieces from the 1940s and 1950s, i.e. contemporary to when the film is set, 1953. There are no playing credits, but it seems possible that tracks (1)-(14) were all recorded by the same orchestra; (10) and (11) have uncredited (presumably not famous) vocalists. (15) is from the film's score.

Elton John's new song is disappointing, but the other songs are familiar classics. Tori Amos and Celine Dion put in good performances.

The film was a romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It received mixed reviews. Tori Amos has a cameo in the film. (HP, 20 Mar 04)

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