Picks and Pans Review: Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

updated 03/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

Original Soundtrack

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After the first Dirty Dancing twirled into theaters in 1987, its soundtrack went on to become a megaseller, spawning the Top 5 hits "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," "She's Like the Wind" and "Hungry Eyes." Although that success is not likely to be repeated with the Havana Nights soundtrack, the CD still makes for a fun if frivolous fiesta. Since the film is set in 1958 Havana, the music takes its cues from the traditional tropical rhythms of pre-Castro Cuba while updating the sound with contemporary pop, soul and rap flourishes. Hip-hoppers Wyclef Jean and the Black Eyed Peas get their Latin groove on, while R & B divas Mya and Heather Headley, who both have cameos in the movie, take Spanish-flavored spins. Christina Aguilera cuts in with the luxurious ballad "El Beso Del Final," and Santana lends some credibility with the salsa-tinged tune "Satellite." But Shawn Kane's remake of "You Send Me" won't do anything to make you forget the Sam Cooke original. Some songs, like some films, are best left alone.


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