|Various Artists - Queer Eye For the Straight Guy|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by Jessica Amen|
|Tuesday, 10 February 2004|
Okay, the cat’s out of the bag, I admit it. I love this show! How could you not?! The Fab Five are so funny and it gives me comfort to think that men around the country are finally getting the help they need.
My Tuesdays are spent in anticipation of the new episode and I rush home to make dinner in time to join the Fab five for their next challenge. So naturally I was intrigued when hearing about the “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy” soundtrack album.
It’s exactly what you would expect the soundtrack of a show about five gay men to sound like. Littered with dance beats, deep base and catchy melodic phrases, this is the perfect disc to spin at a party or listen to while you’re driving or even cleaning your house. However, if you’re concerned about what people think of you and you’re not gay, I suggest playing it privately.
The first half of the album features the theme song to the show “All Things” by Wildlife with Simone Denny. The Fab Five also filmed a music video to this song which can be watched when you play the disc in a computer. The video is entertaining to say the least. New Yorkers of all sorts from cheerleaders to policemen dance down the Brooklyn Bridge, with the Fab Five making over each person they come in contact with. It’s good for healthy laugh.
The second track on the album is the Chemical Brothers re-mix of Kylie Minogue’s “Slow.” A few of the cuts on this disc are remixes of original songs featuring Duran Duran, Sting and Billy Squire. They are all good remixes, entertaining and inventive.
“Move Your Feet” by Junior Senior and “Superstar” by Jamelia are not remixes but rather upbeat pop songs. I haven’t heard Jamelia before, but Junior Senior has had a few top 10 hits recently and “Move Your Feet” fits right in there.
After about Track Nine, the album starts to lose some its initial energy with a few bland songs from Liz Phair and Elton John. So you’ll get about nine good songs off this soundtrack, which is pretty decent for a 13-track album.
If you’re a “Queer Eye” fan, then the best part of this album will be the sound clips of the Fab Five from the actual episodes. The best of the clips, by far, is the last one on the album which features Jay, Ted and Kyan strumming a guitar and singing “one dirty straight man, that’s all it takes….”
Finally, while flipping through the liner notes, I came across a “hot tip” from each of the Fab Five. “Your face is your artwork – it deserves a great frame. The right pair of sunglasses can make anyone look like a rock star.” – Carson Kressley, Fashion Savant.
Overall this is a fun album, but if you don’t like dance music and remixes, it isn’t for you. Otherwise, spin this entertaining disc and get in touch with your gay side!