Waiting to Exhale
All these soundtracks are undeniable classics.
I remember when movie soundtracks were the norm when a movie was released. Nowadays they’re more of an afterthought. The great soundtracks had a song that seamlessly connected with the movie somehow. Exhale (Shoop Shoop) represents Waiting to Exhale perfectly. When you think of that movie you think of that song.
Nutty Professor II was the first soundtrack I bought from Tower Records back in 2000. Janet’s Doesn’t Really Matter, Jay-Z’s Hey Papi, and Musiq Soulchild’s Just Friends (Sunny) pushed me to buy the soundtrack. Back then if you liked a couple of songs you had to commit to buying the whole CD. A few years after that I started to see quality in soundtracks decline.
The peak of soundtracks were in the mid-nineties. Every time a soundtrack dropped there was a classic song somewhere on the track list. Boomerang’s soundtrack had Love Shoulda Brought U Home by Toni Braxton and End of the Road by Boyz II Men. Love Jones had The Sweetest Thing by Lauryn Hill and the Refugee Camp All Stars. The Bodyguard had I Will Always Love You and I’m Every Woman by Whitney Houston.
In my opinion, I think Waiting to Exhale was the crown jewel of soundtracks. With a collection of perfect talent and one of the greatest writers and producers of all time how could you lose?
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds wrote every song except one. His fingerprints were all over the ballads and the raunchy songs alike. My older brother was in college at the time and I can remember hearing so many of those songs on the radio. I enjoyed them, but I didn’t find out they were from the same CD until my mother bought a copy. I always loved Whitney Houston since I’m Your Baby Tonight and when I saw the Exhale (Shoop Shoop) video I was even more sold.
Music videos were king back then and ALL the smash singles got the video treatment and none of them disappointed. However, Mary J. Blige’s I’m Not Gon’ Cry video obliterated them all.
I miss those days because it gave me something to look forward to in addition to the movies. The last soundtrack I paid any attention to was Think like a Man. There were a few songs on there, but nothing compared to what I’m used to.
Thanks to Spotify I can go listen when I get nostalgic. Lord knows I won’t be getting any classic soundtracks like I’m used to anytime soon.
– Marc a.k.a Mr. Nostalgia