The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Music By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
I have amassed one heckuva Sisterhood collection. First came the original movie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Of course, that was based upon a novel by Ann Brasheres. Having enjoyed the movie so much, I simply had to read the book. Enjoyment of the book pushed me to buy and read the rest of the series. Loving the series so much got me to hit the movie theaters as soon as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 arrived. Now, what should arrive in my mailbox but The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Soundtrack.
The music of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is rather eclectic with a little pop mixed with some rock, country, punk, alternative and R&B. The soundtrack features music from Michelle Branch, Eric Hutchinson, James Otto, Cyndi Lauper, Aqualung, Craig David, Noisettes and more. I could hardly wait to listen to the soundtrack – I loved the background music from the film, especially the catchy tune that played while the credits rolled at the end. As luck would have it, the music at the end of the film found its way to the beginning of the soundtrack. Rock & Roll is a fun, carefree song with catchy lyrics by Eric Hutchinson. After only hearing it twice (once during the film), I found myself singing along.
Together, a song by Michelle Branch, is a love song that captures the spirit of the sisterhood: “Doesn't matter how long that it takes you / ‘Cuz I'll always be right by your side / And even when darkness awaits you / I'll be there to be your light…” This is followed by a sad country tune about lost love from James Otto entitled Sunset Man. This is followed by No One’s Aware, a haunting love song by Jack Savoretti. Warm Whispers by Missy Huggins sounds like a mix of Colby Caillat and Alanis Morrissette.
Just when you think you’re about to be overrun by love songs, Craig David steps in with an R&B song called Friday Night. It’s Friday night and Craig David is just looking for a little fun. This is another tune I found myself singing along with. Then, suddenly, things get a bit loud with Sister Rosetta (Capture the Spirit), a rocking tune from Noisettes. 5 Times Out of 100, a punk rock tune by Hot Hot Heat follows. And then there is the classic – Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper – a fun, rebellious song from the ‘80s that every girl out there can relate to. We follow that with You Are Mine, a spooky track from Mute Math and Strange & Beautiful (I’ll Put a Spell on You), a sad song about unrequited love by Aqualung.
Though I could have done without the punk rock, I have to say that I enjoyed The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Soundtrack. Although I enjoyed most of the music, I would have to say that Rock & Roll and Girls Just Want to Have Fun were my absolute favorites. If I were the creator of this soundtrack, I would have put Rock & Roll at the end of the soundtrack just so it would end in an upbeat manner. Otherwise, I have no complaints. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Soundtrack was a surprise arrival in my mailbox and a happy addition to my soundtrack collection.