Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2Based on the popular novels by Ann Brashares, both The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and the recently released sequel have been well-received by audiences and critics alike. Featuring Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel as four lifelong best friends, the sequel follows their lives after their first year of college, as they learn life lessons, try to stay in touch, and so on and so forth…

The soundtrack starts out slowly with emotionally engaging tracks from Eric Hutchinson and Jack Savoretti, as well as an original song from pop star Michelle Branch, who actually contacted the producers with the idea for a song. “Michelle reached out to us early in the process as she was interested in writing a song,” says music supervisor Julia Michels. The song is good enough, but it’s pretty standard Michelle Branch, nothing ground breaking. The track “Warm Whispers” by Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins is also included, and though it’s not my favorite of her many emotionally-resonant ballads, it’s a decent addition to this soundtrack.

After Higgins’ track, the album begins a quick progression to lighter fare, starting with Craig David’s “Friday Night,” a poppy R&B-ish dance track that is used to signal a transition in the atmosphere of the album. Unfortunately, Noisettes’ “Sister Rosetta (Capture the Spirit)” comes next, and with a chorus that’s loud and a bit obnoxious, detracts from the otherwise natural flow of the soundtrack. Hot Hot Heat brings it back and of course Cyndi Lauper’s ubiquitous hit “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is more than welcome on the soundtrack of any film with an all-female leading cast. And just when it seems like we’re done with the slower stuff, Mute Math’s “You Are Mine” plays out, bringing the music back to the emotional base it started with. Aqualung provides the perfect finale with “Strange & Beautiful (I’ll Put A Spell On You)”. It’s a quietly moving ode that is heartfelt without being cheesy.

The songs here aren’t necessarily the greatest 11 songs possible, but the clever ordering helps to bring out the best in every track, though I still think “Sister Rosetta (Capture the Spirit)” could have been left out completely without too much trouble.

Zach’s Rating: B-
Perfect For: An album that progresses from slow and emotionally engaging to quick and bubbly 
Stay Away if: You’re looking for some light pop or some slow ballads, but not both
Buy this on Itunes: “Together” by Michelle Branch, just because it’s a previously unreleased single. I would say get the Missy Higgins song, but you might as well just buy her whole album, On A Clear Night

To purchase The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2: Music From the Motion Picture, visit Amazon

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