Universal - 2003 - 72 minutes
You would expect the soundtrack to a film about love to encompass everything to do with that subject, and that's exactly what this does. Companionship, desire and heartache are just some of the themes running through the album with tracks like 'Here With Me', 'Turn Me On' and 'Both Sides Now' encapsulating love's highs and lows, making the collection a journey through romance.
The superb vocal talents of Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones stand out, as do those of The Beach Boys, Dido and the Sugababes. Musically, the record shifts from rock to R'n'B to easy listening, from the dulcet tones of 'Songbird' to the up-tempo 'Too Lost In You'. The excellent 'Wherever You Will Go' is both ballad and rock anthem and is definitely one of the album's highlights.
A soundtrack should capture your favourite memories of a film, and this one succeeds admirably, with one exception. The big let down is Girls Aloud's awful rendition of 'Jump'. Fans of the group will love it, but the rest of us will just wonder why, particularly since the original is so much better.
Despite that, 'Love Actually' is an enjoyable listen for fans of the film, as well as hopeless romantics everywhere.
Tracklisting: Girls Aloud: Jump (For My Love) - Sugababes: Too Lost In You - Kelly Clarkson: The Trouble With Love Is - Dido: Here With Me - Billy Mack: Christmas Is All Around - Norah Jones: Turn Me On - Eva Cassidy: Songbird - Maroon 5: Sweetest Goodbye - The Calling: Wherever You Will Go - Texas: I'll See It Through - Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now - Otis Redding: White Christmas - Wyclef Jean featuring Sharissa: Take Me As I Am - Olivia Olson: All I Want For Christmas Is You - The Beach Boys: God Only Knows - Lynden David Hall: All You Need Is Love - Craig Armstrong: Glasgow Love Theme - Craig Armstrong: PM's Love Theme - Craig Armstrong: Portuguese Love Theme