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Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (Covers from the Netflix Series) Album Review

If I Ain’t Got You (feat. Queen Charlotte’s Global Orchestra) [Orchestral – from the Netflix Series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story] – Single

Alicia Keys

  • Genre: Pop
  • Date: 03 May, 2023
  • Content: Not-explicit
  • Track(s): 1
  • ℗ 2023 Netflix under license to Sony Music Entertainment

Beyond its intricate cast of characters and sensual plotlines, “Bridgerton” is renowned and adored for its unique soundtrack, which includes classical adaptations of current pop and rock hits in addition to Kris Bowers’ entirely original songs. “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story,” a Netflix spinoff series, follows in the footsteps of its predecessors with a soundtrack that incorporates popular songs by SZA, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, and other artists.

Some of the songs were written by “Bridgerton” composers from the past, like Kris Bowers and The Vitamin String Quartet, while newcomers Caleb and Brian Chan wrote others.

Album Cover Art

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (Covers From The Netflix Series) Album Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, June 23, 2024

British actress India Ria Amarteifio, who plays the younger version of Queen Charlotte, is used as the cover of the soundtrack album. Because she is royalty, she is dressed in regalia befitting an honorable lady of her status. She is dazzling with jewelry and ornaments, complete with a subtle smile.

Tracks and Features

Kris Bowers’ “A Feeling I’ve Never Been” sets the ball in motion as the soundtrack album begins with soft orchestra instrumentals best fitting for a romance scene in a film as brilliant as Queen Charlotte. As the soothing instrumentals play on, background vocals reminiscent of Daniel Caesar’s begin to hum harmoniously at intervals. This well-composed tune comes with a beautiful melody and excellent progression.

Next is “Halo” featuring Brian Chan. In Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, “Halo” is the first contemporary music that viewers hear, and it establishes the season’s tone for how memorable it will be. In the best way imaginable, Beyoncé significantly influenced this series. Every pop song in the prequel pays homage to a song by a Black artist, and Beyoncé, the “queen of modern music,” is “showing up for the queen of Bridgerton,” played by India Amarteifio and Golda Rosheuvel.

“If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys, which she also re-recorded for the series, is the following song in the playlist. A groundbreaking orchestra of more than 70 women of color from all around the world, including Sweden, South Africa, and France, provides the music for the song. The following is so breathtaking you could start crying. The next song is “Deja Vu” by Beyoncé, a 2006 classic that immediately clarifies why it was nominated for a Grammy.

A genuine girl power anthem, “Run the World” by Beyoncé, is included on Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story soundtrack. You will require Kleenex when this song cover is played, so get them ready once more. Brian and Caleb Chan do a classic cover of SZA’s “Nobody Gets Me” off her 2022 album SOS. This song emphasizes the complexity and conflicting emotions that lovers feel when attempting to navigate a relationship. External forces and circumstances test the relationship between Queen Charlotte and King George III.

The Vitamin String Quartet’s rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” epitomizes their brilliance. It is safe to conclude that this year’s soundtrack surpasses seasons one and two of Bridgerton. Whitney Houston popularized this song, originally written and sung by Dolly Parton, in the 1992 movie “The Bodyguard.” The song’s weighty subject matter examines the complex emotions of a broken relationship. Yet, it raises the potential that two ex-lovers may still respect, admire, and value their time together.

Album Theme

The soundtrack album adds flavor to the life and times of Queen Charlotte as an authority who is a helpless romantic.

Production Credits and Soundtrack Scoring

Kris Bowers, who provided the score for the show’s first and second seasons, returned to the Bridgerton universe in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (Soundtrack from the Netflix Series).

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