Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the action comedy The Heat, Sandra Bullock stars as Sarah Ashburn, an uptight FBI Special Agent. Melissa McCarthy is foul-mouthed hardcore Boston Police Detective Shannon Mullins. The two are anything but a compatible match, but are forced to work together in an effort to capture a ruthless crime lord, a case that will inspire in them something neither could ever imagine – a friendship.
The Heat Soundtrack features music by various artists including The Isley Brothers, Angel Haze, Deee-lite, Boston, Air Supply and more. The music on this soundtrack varies in styles and genre, but Director Paul Feig had a plan when it came to the music chosen for the film: “My favorite part of filmmaking is finding the perfect music to complement what’s happening on screen...And I wanted The Heat to feel like a party. I wanted the audience to have fun. And since I have to watch a movie hundreds of times as I’m making it, I wanted to use music that I wouldn’t get tired of. Every song in this film is a desert island song for me. I will never get sick of them.”
That being said, the music found on this soundtrack feature partying songs from various generations. The main theme chosen for the opening credits of the film is Fight the Power (Part 1 & 2) by The Isley Brothers the perfect choice for this movie symbolizing Shannon Mullins’ rebellious attitude. Werkin’ Girls by Angel Haze, Rock This by Santigold and Left Ey3 by Kreayshawn are explicit rap songs with a hardcore, tough gal style. There are some fun dance tracks like Groove Is In the Heart by Deee-lite. There are even some old 70s and 80s tracks like More Than A Feeling by Boston and Every Woman In the World by Air Supply.
What I found completely incongruous with the rest of the soundtrack was the sentimental and very sad song Dance With My Father by Luthor Vandross. But I’m fairly certain that the song has meaning for whatever scene in the film it was chosen.
While I did have fun with a lot of the songs…old favorites like Groove Is In the Heart, Fight the Power, Every Woman in the World and More Than a Feeling as well as the newer rap tracks…I found that the soundtrack of The Heat lacked continuity. The songs didn’t really seem to match. Perhaps when viewed along with the visuals of the film, the songs might seem to have particular meaning to the film. As it is on the soundtrack presently, the songs just don’t seem to fit with one another. And yet, there are enough enjoyable tracks to recommend taking a listen to The Heat Soundtrack and perhaps downloading your favorite tracks.