Top 40 single reviews

Lady Marmalade
Album: Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
Year: 2001

Moulin Rouge, the 2001 musical about a courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman) and the author she falls for (Ewan McGregor), had the obligatory song to sell with the movie. In this case, it was a cover of Labelle's Lady Marmalade featuring four hot-at-the-minute entertainers.

Mya opens the song and is out of her vocal league. Throughout her verse, she strains to reach the notes. The only time she does sound good is after the chorus where she does her "Creole Lady Marmalade" in alto. Pink, on the other hand, does better during her verse. Her singing voice has a natural cynicism to it, which does help sell her bit. She handles her part like a seasoned veteran. Next is Lil' Kim, at her most useless. Rapping the most incoherent lyrics like "Indendepent women/Some mistake us for whores/Why must spend mine/When I can spend yours," she brings nothing to the cover. Her sole purpose is to be the entertaining device after Pink by providing a little mainstream rap to the new version. It misfires.

However, during the bridge, Aguilera's voice is heard, and once again, she's the main attraction. She takes her verse and the entire song with it. Lady Marmalade is her single now, and she isn't giving it back. However, she doesn't have to be so shrill about it, like she is during her own "Creole Lady Marmalade" section. Thankfully, Pink joins in and harmonizes with Aguilera's voice. Despite the individual flaws, it works as a group effort.



For price, tracklisting and other album information please visit Amazon.com


Comments
on Mar 02, 2004
i think your comment, however 'not biased' as i can see you are trying to put across, are true, but slightly unfair. Mya's voice is very pretty, and i think it is perfect how the song starts out light and harmless, and then builds finally to Christina's powerful voice, which is very dramatic and cabaret and a work of art in its self. But, this song would be imcomplete without Lil'Kim's rap, though you seem to disagree, and it adds a very modern, sexy look, which is what Baz Luhrman was trying to get across, and the song illustrates it perfectly.

***** 10/10
on Mar 02, 2004
you are a bit biased yourself, the song is bloody awful with christina screeching at the end and mya trying desperately to get her career off the ground at the start. and oh god, pink just screams "I NEED A BOYFRIEND" and sounds terrible. i cant even bring myself to laugh at lil'kim because she was possibly the worst of them all, and it would be cruel.

0/10
on Mar 02, 2004
you are a bit biased yourself, the song is bloody awful with christina screeching at the end and mya trying desperately to get her career off the ground at the start. and oh god, pink just screams "I NEED A BOYFRIEND" and sounds terrible. i cant even bring myself to laugh at lil'kim because she was possibly the worst of them all, and it would be cruel.

0/10
on Mar 29, 2004
I loved the song. It wouldn't have been the same without Christina because she was powerful and carried the whole song. Mya added the sweetness. Pink added the bad ass. And Lil Kim added the flavor.
Meta
Views
» 1275
Comments
» 4
Category
Sponsored Links