OST: The Love Guru (CD)

The Love Guru is a Mike Myers-focused film that centers around eir character, who is left at the doorstep of an Indian ashram (holy teacher) as a young child. Fast-forward a number of years, and a grown-up Myers is attempting to break it big in the field of self-help and spirituality. Eir ticket to the big time is punched when Myers gets a major client – Darren Roanoke (played by Romany Malco, known for eir roles as Conrad Shepard in Weeds, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Blades of Glory), star player for the Toronto Maple Leafs – that has to win back the heart of eir wife, played by Meagan Good (Stomp The Yard, You Got Served, and Deliver Us From Eva).

Whether Pitka becomes a major player in the self-help field is ultimately dependent on whether ey can get these two individuals back together. The blend of tracks that are present on The Love Guru soundtrack are interesting, to say the least. This is due to the fact that there are about equal parts songs by established acts like George Clinton, Cornershop, and Celine Dion and tracks (covers and original songs) by the “Guru” eirself, Mike Myers.

The covers are perhaps the most interesting additions to this soundtrack; Myers gives listeners another version of the Steve Miller Band hit, “The Joker” and an Extreme cover in “More Than Words”. For those individuals that have not had a chance to go and watch “The Love Guru” yet, there are a few tracks – “Stop Hitting Yourself”, “My Name Is Guru Pitka”, and “Guru Lineage”, that provide individuals with more than enough in the way of context to understand what Myers et al are trying to do with this film. While there could conceivably have been more in the way of tracks present during this soundtrack, there are not the dead or dull tracks that plague a number of film soundtracks, both large and small. Lakeshore has been on a roll of late in their choices to release soundtracks, and here’s to hoping that they can continue that roll through the rest of 2008 and into 2009. Make sure to watch The Love Guru, pick up the soundtrack, and crack some laughs while listening to some good new tracks, some solid covers, and clips from the film.

Top Tracks: Brimful of Asha, Mathar

Rating: 7.0/10

OST: The Love Guru / 2008 Lakeshore / 16 Tracks / http://www.lakeshore-records.com /

Author: James McQuiston

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