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Album Review

The follow-up to the '60s soul-pop influenced Melody, Texas' lead vocalist Sharleen Spiteri's second album, The Movie Songbook, is an affectionate homage to her favourite film soundtrack songs. Produced by South African composer Phil Ramone, it includes easy listening acoustic reworkings of familiar tracks like Olivia Newton John's "Xanadu," Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman," and Berlin's Top Gun classic "Take My Breath Away," alongside lesser-known songs from Elliott Smith ("Between the Bars," from Good Will Hunting) and Tom Waits' "This One's from the Heart." ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Showcases her Voice

A very good album, featuring some of the very best Movie songs. This album goes even further than pervious self penned album 'Melody' in showcasing the amazing voice that is Sharleen Spiteri.

I recommend:

If I can't Have You,
Pretty Woman,
Sound of Silence
and, of course Xanadu!

Xanadon't- try some of the vintage.

There is little doubt that Sharleen Spiteri has a wonderously melodic set of vocals, and is capable of turning her hand (or voice) to any number of musical genres. Her highlights - of which there have been many - have always been coupled with excellent production values and rich (almost 'wall of sound') musical support. It is consequently, such a pity that this album appears to have none of those values - Xanadu being an uproarious, gleeful exception. While the production values on some are of pub singer quality, other interpretations just miss the spot (Take my Breath Away). For vintage Spiteri try the solo stuff or indeed Texas.

Sharleen Rocks

I've aways been a Sharleen Spiteri fan right from the early days of Texas, she has a wonderful voice and has some darn fine tunes to her credit.
Melody is a fantastic album venturing more back into time with a classic twist on modern music.
This album however is a totally diff approach & although it has a few fine tunes, take my breath away is better than the original, the sound of silence is also a fantastic take. The other tracks are about the same as the originals so if you have them I wouldnt recommend the album unless like me you are a true Spiteri fan.
Never been a lover of cover versions but as long as it is only 1 albums worth I will certainly be looking froward to her next album to see what her take is next.


Born: 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Sharleen Spiteri had already achieved success as the co-founder and frontwoman of the Scottish band Texas before embarking on her solo projects. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Spiteri began her musical career with Texas in 1986 as lead singer and guitarist. She would continue her work with the band throughout the '90s, as well as appearing as a vocalist on albums by Gun and Rammstein. After the release of Texas' album Red Book in 2005,...
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