Various - No Angels OST
Does No Angels live up to the hype that surrounded it prior to the broadcast of its first episode on Channel 4? Has it made the nation wary of ever entering a hospital again for fear of nurses still suffering from the night before? Does one of the main cast members have a terrifying pair of eyebrows? Probably not, no and yes...but with a tracklisting that includes Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Supremes, Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin, the quality of the show hardly matters up against music like this.
Opening with the main theme to No Angels - Noon Day Underground's Light Brigade - this soundtracks bumps over luckless marriages, relationships with no-good men, drunken nights out with a crowd of single friends and on to what happens should true love ever come good. Despite never having seen it, this soundtrack doesn't so much hint at occasional nights out in clubs and bars as slip in the idea that there might only be the odd scene or two per episode set within the wards and operating theatres of the hospital. No Angels? Maybe not but with the sound of brand new love creeping in behind The Supremes' You Can't Hurry Love and Baby Love, No Angels isn't all hangovers, lost organs and the smell of last night's vodka-and-red-bulls in the OR.
Alright, so song-by-song, it could soundtrack a girls' night out as much as it does a television show but with a tracklisting that deliberately skips Dido, Annie Lennox and Simply Red, the No Angels OST looks to have been compiled by someone closer to Mojo than to Cosmopolitan. Add in leftfield entries like Marlena Shaw's Woman Of The Ghetto, Peggy Lee's I Love Being Here With You and Rose Batiste's Hit And Run and you have the kind of album that rock magazines would rush past their features on Elbow, Travis and The Stereophonics to get to. These twenty soul tracks are almost a match for Aretha's recordings for Atlantic or Martha Reeves & The Vandellas' for Motown and, in rolling into each over over one album, this is a great album to get lost in, to soundtrack a night out or to play in the car over this summer and no matter the series from which it came.