I Don't Know How She Does It Soundtrack and Score

Music By: Various Artists

Musical Score By: Aaron Zigman

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Based on the book by Allison Pearson, the comedy film I Donít Know How She Does It follows the life of Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker), a working mother struggling to juggle her marriage, children and high-stress job.  The film also stars Greg Kinnear as Kateís out of work architect husband, Pierce Brosnan as Kateís new, flirtatious business associate and Christina Hendricks as Kateís supportive best friend.

            The music of I Donít Know How She Does It is spread over two CDs.  The musical score of the film was created by Aaron Zigman who began his foray into music by studying piano at the age of six.  By the time he was in college, Zigman had received  his first four-year songwriting contract from Almo Irving.  Through pop music - writing, producing and arranging for such greats as Clive Davis, Patti LaBelle, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera and Chicago - Zigman first entered the film music genre, penning songs for Mulan, Whatís Love Got to Do With It, The Birdcage, License to Kill and PocahontasHe later moved on to film scoring, incorporating his classical training in compositions for such films as The Notebook, John Q, My Sisterís Keeper, The Ugly Truth and more.  The second CD features songs by various artists including Nat King Cole, Teena Marie, Little Jackie, Bill Withers and more. 

            Having listened to both Soundtrack and Musical Score CDs, I canít imagine why they needed to release two albums.  The I Donít Know How She Does It Soundtrack is terrific fun, featuring a lot of fun love songs like L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole, The Shoop, Shoop Song (Itís In His Kiss) by Betty Everett, One Warm Coat by Jason Damato, Iím A Sucker for Your Love by Teena Marie and Lovely Day by Bill Withers.  The song Move to the Beat by Little Jackie perfectly describes the life of the main character as she struggles to maintain her sanity while jiggling a high-powered business position and her home life with her family.  I also love the blues track by Koko Taylor entitled Big Boss Man and can think of several folks Iíd love to dedicate this song to: ďWell you ainít so bi-ig / You just talk, thatís all

            The Soundtrack album contains one piece of musical scoring by Aaron Zigman entitled Make A Snowman.  This can also be found as Track 10 on the musical score album, which features twenty-eight tracks of music created for the film by Zigman.  Most of the tracks are rather short and I canít say that I didnít enjoy every track on the album.  I just feel that they could have taken the longer tracks and incorporated them with the Soundtrack, making one CD and saving folks some money.  There were very few lengthy tracks on the Musical Score album and it seems a waste to spend about $30.00US purchasing both albums when they could have been combined in one for a considerably less cost for the consumer.       

            My advise is to skip the I Donít Know How She Does It Musical Score and go right to the Soundtrack featuring various artists.  The album is a great deal more fun and more bang for your buck.


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