Director Michael Patrick King wanted something especially big for the closing credits of the “Sex and the City” movie version. And with “All Dressed in Love,” sung by the film’s co-star Jennifer Hudson, that’s exactly what he got.
“After Jennifer recorded the vocals, we asked Michael if he wanted it any bigger,” recalls Salaam Remi, renowned music producer (Amy Winehouse, Fugees) who oversaw the film’s soundtrack. “Michael said, ‘What do you mean bigger? If she sings those high notes any louder, ground beef is gonna pop out of her throat.’ ”
Remi had enlisted the help of singer Cee-Lo (of Gnarls Barkley fame) to compose the lyrics and melody, while musician-producer Jack Splash (Alicia Keys), a regular Cee-Lo collaborator, envisioned the basic sound.
A bold, disco-infused soul hit that showcases the divalike power of Hudson’s formidable pipes, the song was purposely meant to make audiences feel “like they were walking on air as they left the theater,” Splash says, “which is why Salaam kept pushing me and Cee-Lo to keep going bigger, bigger, bigger. When you’re doing music that’s not related to film, you gotta be careful that you don’t get too grandiose for people’s sensibilities. But when you’re talking about theater or film — big totally works.”