If you saw Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom over the weekend—and the chances are very good that many of you did, judging by its strong weekend box office—you were probably dancing in your seats to the energetic soundtrack. Here is very good news for fans of Noah, Ricky, Alex and Chance and their laugh out loud big screen, big wedding adventure: The original motion picture soundtrack is just as enjoyable as the film.
There are some major extras with the Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The packaging is superb. The CD cover includes fantastic original photography by the ridiculously talented photographer Duane Cramer. There is also an inside jacket that frames a spectacular cast photo. The disc tray is framed by a beautiful photo of Darryl Stephens. The back cover shows much more skin with Jensen Atwood, Darryl Stephens and Christian Vincent posing in underwear.
Most impressive, in addition to the eclectic musical selection, is the presence of liner notes. The real kind that many of us remember from LPs. The notes are written by director Patrik-Ian Polk, who is also the soundtrack executive producer and pulls triple duty as a vocalist on several tracks. The booklet photos and liner notes make this soundtrack a collector's album.
Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is an eclectic and infectious collection. The two lead tracks that get the most attention are, of course, Michelle Williams "We Break the Dawn" and Solange's "Sandcastle Disco." Those anchor the collection with an uptempo vibe but it doesn't stop there. Several tracks lend a retro aesthetic—maybe a tribute to late 80s, early 90s dance music—such as the anthemic"World, Hold On", which was used for that fabulous montage of Noah, Chance and Ricky voguing. There is much more of that vibe in tracks such as "Cable TV" and the Janet Jackson-inspired "Spies." These two are the best tracks of the collection and define the movie.
After the jump, more on the soundtrack and your chance to win a copy.
Patrik-Ian Polk co-writes several original songs of this collection and lends his voice to three. Polk's voice is surprisingly decent. These are mostly synthesizer tracks and he is heavily produced, but, the Noah's Arc director sounds surprisingly decent. Part Haddaway, part Alexander O'Neal. Plus, the songwriting is a nice way to guarantee some royalties, so congrats on his business acumen. director
The legendary Phoebe Snow appears on the soundtrack and in the movie with the tender and evocative "Something Real." Once she agreed to write the song, Patrik-Ian explains in the notes, "I gathered enough courage to ask her to record this as Noah and Wade's wedding song and perform it in the movie. She said yes and the rest is just history. The lyrics are simply beautiful and I hope to hear this song at a lot of gay weddings in the future."
Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is most enjoyable. Like the movie, the music makes me smile, makes me dance, and, think of being in love. Tommy Boy Records is giving away limited copies only to Rod 2.0 readers. Explain what scene you loved in the film and/or what music you enjoyed. We'll give away four copies and announce the winners later this week.
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