Previous Tyler Perry soundtracks have been heavy on star power. Beyonce, Babyface, Anita Baker, Kelly Price and Keith Sweat with Keyshia Cole are a sampling of the big names on the 'Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?' soundtrack. For the 'Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?' soundtrack, Janet Jackson (credited as just Janet by the way) and Ziggy Marley are probably the biggest names. That's not a problem. It's refreshing that Perry prizes talent most.
Melodrama may rule on screen, with the crew taking the action to The Bahamas, where relationship guru Patricia (Janet Jackson) drops the divorce bombshell on the group and her husband Gavin (Malik Yoba). With all the havoc that ensues on screen, the soundtrack is amazingly calm, even though quite a few songs address complicated love.
Ziggy Marley's 'I Love You Too' is a sweet and lighthearted start followed by Janet's 'Nothing,' the soundtrack's lead single. The kind of ballad many of her diehard fans have long waited for her to rediscover, 'Nothing' has echoes of 'Let's Wait Awhile' and other classic Jackson slow grooves. Lyrically, it matches the film well but still stands alone. New Orleans soul legend Irma Thomas covers largely forgotten Arthur Alexander's 'In the Middle of It All' beautifully. This 1962 creation by Alexander, who has had other songs covered by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, is highly emotional. The spare instrumentation reinforces Thomas's stellar vocals. It's just hard not to be moved.
Other gems include Mayer Hawthorne's 'A Strange Arrangement,' the reggae-tinged 'Blazing Love' by John Brown's Body, 'Woman Come Home' by The Vanguards and Bob & Gene's 'Gotta Find A Way.' Overall, the soundtrack balances mostly light island fare like 'Married Man' by Ronnie Butler, considered 'the godfather of Bahamian music," with classic soul. Music supervisor Joel C. High did an outstanding job here. Executive producers Jermaine Dupri and Tyler Perry should certainly be proud of this effort.
Full Track Listing:
1. 'I Love You Too' - Ziggy Marley
2. 'Nothing' - Janet
3. 'In the Middle of It All' – Irma Thomas
4. 'A Strange Arrangement' – Mayer Hawthorne
5. 'Blazing Love' – John Brown's Body
6. 'Chemical Reaction' – Chaz Shepard
7. 'I Can't Believe It' – The Falcons
8. 'Woman Come Home' – The Vanguards
9. 'Gotta Find A Way' – Bob & Gene
10. 'Still' – Christel Alsos
11. 'Married Man' – Ronnie Butler
12. 'It's Raining Men' - The Weather Girls
Janet Jackson - 'Nothing' music video - Tyler Perry's 'Why Did I Get Married Too?' Soundtrack