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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack He's Just Not That Into You (New Line Records) 

Much like the episodic look at various lovers in a big city which inspired it, the music for the film He's Just Not That Into You has a little something for everyone. 

Feel like a little classic pop?  The Cure, Talking Heads, Replacements and Human League are here and accounted for.  Relatively recent hit songs?  Calling Maroon 5, Keane and Lily Allen.  Relatively obscure works by established groups?  Some REM, Wilco and Black Crowes, perhaps?  Buzz artists?  How about a little James Morrison, Tristan Prettyman, My Morning Jacket, Corrine Bailey Rae or The Ting-Tings?  A surprisingly jazzy performance by a moonlighting actress?  Well, let's just say that Scarlett Johansson's sultry "Last Goodbye" is better than anything on her recent misguided solo album.

He's Just Not That Into You is music to fall in love to, but the filmmakers have some broad and quirky tastes.  I can see any of these songs being on the iPods of the characters they are commenting upon.

Even if it was not specific to a movie, these songs would make a terrific mix disk.  There is the quirky neuvo-reggae of Lily Allen's "Smile," the happy irony of Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)," the moody synth pop of Human League's classic "Don't You Want Me" and the giddy highs of The Cure's "Friday, I'm In Love" and the Replacements' "Can't Hardly Wait."  Then you get a terrific big ballad in Keane's "Something Only We Know," REM's unjustly ignored comeback single "Supernatural Superserious" and Corrine Bailey Rae's seriously funky "I'd Like To."

Most of the songs here are pretty damned strong.  This is music to fall in love to in a perfect world.

Jay S.  Jacobs

Copyright 2009 PopEntertainment.com.  All rights reserved.  Posted: February 14, 2009.

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Copyright 2009 PopEntertainment.com.  All rights reserved.  Posted: February 14, 2009.