Craig Blankenhorn
Leah Greenblatt
May 20, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sex and the City 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Current Status
In Season
Various Artists

We gave it a C

Sex and the City 2, with its globe-trotting carnival of camels, cameos, and Carrie antics, has positioned itself as the sparkly champagne bubble of the summer cineplex. ? But musically, that fizz is corked by extraneous new covers, like Alicia Keys’ urbanized take on Blondie’s ”Rapture” and Liza Minnelli’s Ethel Merman-ized version of ”Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” and limp original ballads (Dido’s wispy ”Everything to Lose”; the Jennifer Hudson/Leona Lewis schmaltz rainbow ”Love Is Your Color”). Several dips into Middle Eastern exotica — synced to the film’s extended ?sequence in Abu Dhabi — feel more like dispatches from a mid-’90s Miami hotel lounge, while a series of men’s-choir interludes (pretty a cappella warbles of Broadway chestnuts like ”Sunrise Sunset” and ”If Ever I Would Leave You”) swan in incongruously from the Liza-officiated gay-wedding scene. In discrete bites, they’re pleasant enough, but this scattered smorgasbord needs what’s on screen like the City needs the Sex; as a stand-alone, it just doesn’t hold together.C

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