Volume 92, Issue 86

Thursday, March 11, 1999


ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Bergmann's success on own terms

Canada's own sexpert takes pleasure chest on the road

Kubrick's quiet genius leaves legacy

Work isn't the only thing that sucks

New sound immigrates into Celtic indie band

Work isn't the only thing that sucks







VARIOUS ARTISTS
Office Space, The Motion Picture Soundtrack
Interscope Records



What keeps this album from being completely useless is a trio of tracks which explode from the speakers – courtesy of the hard-rappin' Geto Boys.

Their first offering, "Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta" is a surprisingly subtle, laid-back groove which will have listeners repeating the tag line all day long. The second song, "No Tears," has an infectious beat as Scarface leaves his bandmates behind for a solo flight.

Finally, "Still" is a furious number which produces comedic lines, such as "Back up in yer ass with the resurrection/Is the group harder than an erection." The raps are at times sophomoric and offensive, but anyone with a place in their heart for good old-fashioned "gangsta rap" will enjoy these tunes.

Less successful is the rest of the album. The Ice Cube track "Down For Whatever" is a plodding exercise in boredom, leaving listeners yearning for the days of NWA. The song is simply missing a hook, not to mention Ice Cube's trademark edge. "Home," the collaboration between Blackman, Destruct and Icon is one of the most annoying tracks in recent memory, featuring a completely unnecessary synthesize-produced backtrack.

There are two novelty tracks which fall somewhere in between this established spectrum. "Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee" performed by Canibus and Biz Markie is unremarkable, although not entirely without merit. Biz Markie's comical wailing of the chorus is vastly entertaining.

Similarly, Lisa Stone lends her voice to a dance inflected version of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5." What saves the song is Stone's rhythmic take on this country music standard.

The album concludes, inexplicably, with two instrumental Latin numbers by Perez Prado. Decent recordings within their own genre, these tracks will only infuriate rap fans.

Essentially, for rap and hip hop fans, this soundtrack is a one-trick pony in the guise of the Geto Boys.

–TERRY WARNE


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