WALKING ON SUNSHINE - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2014)

Oh no, this reviewer is certified middle-aged. He found himself mouthing the lyrics and tapping his feet to all 14 tracks on this soundtrack album to the Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini directed musical movie. The romantic comedy features covers of hit songs from the 1980s. And this can only mean one thing – anyone who can sing along to all the songs on this CD is, must we say it again: middle-aged.

Kicking off the 49 minute album is Hannah Arterton’s (the fresh faced female lead from the movie) rendition of Madonna’s “Holiday”. This sets the fun mood for things to come, before Annanel Scholey belts out Bananarama’s “Venus” in the sultriest mode you can imagine. We love how the ensemble cast brings Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Power of Love” to life, but are slightly unimpressed with Greg Wise’s jarring vocals in The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me”. Guess not everyone’s born a singer, right?

The always uplifting “Walking on Sunshine” (originally performed by Katrina and the Waves) is a welcome tune anytime, while The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame” is a reason for Arterton to turn emotional. You’ll hear her sing her heart out with covers of Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love” and Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time”. Elsewhere, fun comes in the form of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (Cyndi Lauper), “The Wild Boys” (Duran Duran) and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (Wham!).  

While Arterton does a decent job, standout vocals come from Scholey, Leona Lewis (expect nothing less from the British singer songwriter who won the third series of The X Factor in 2006) and Danny Kirrane (the chubby dude in the movie). The movie’s leading man Giulio Berruti may be eye candy, but when it comes to singing, there is much room for improvement.

This soundtrack is a jukebox of nostalgic tunes which will please anyone who grew up in the 1980s. It will make you want to organise a KTV outing with your kakis to relive those good ol’ days. And yes, this would probably mean you are middle-aged like this writer. 


Recommended Track: (14) Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Review by John Li


Holiday - Hannah Arterton
Venus - Katy Brand, Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton
How Will I Know? - Hannah Arterton,Danny Kirrane, Giulio Corso, Leona Lewis
The Power of Love - Hannah Arterton, Annabel Scholey, Katy Brand, Danny Kirrane, Giulio Corso, Giulio Berruti, Leona Lewis
Don't You Want Me? - Greg Wise, Annabel Scholey
Walking on Sunshine - Leona Lewis,Hannah Arterton, Katy Brand, Danny Kirrane, Giulio Corso, Giulio Berruti
Eternal Flame - Hannah Arterton
Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Leona Lewis, Hannah Arterton, Katy Brand
Wild Boys - Danny Kirrane, Giulio Corso, Giulio Berruti
It Must Have Been Love - Hannah Arterton, Giulio Berruti
Faith - Greg Wise, Annabel Scholey
12 White Wedding - Katy Brand, Danny Kirrane, Annabel Scholey, Giulio Corso, Greg Wise, Hannah Arterton, Giulio Berruti
13 If I Could Turn Back Time - Hannah Arterton, Giulio Berruti
14 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Leona Lewis, Danny Kirrane, Katy Brand, Hannah Arterton, Annabel Scholey, Giulio Corso, Greg Wise, Giulio Berruti



Artistes: Various
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: June 23, 2014