Volume 96, Issue 58
Tuesday, January 14, 2003

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CD REVIEW: The Wild Thornberrys Movie - Music from the Motion Picture
From the Disney assembly line

Various Artists
The Wild Thornberrys Movie – Music from the Motion Picture
Nick Records



Rundown: The soundtrack from Disney's latest animated film features songs by artists such as Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, P. Diddy, Las Hijas del Sol, Sting and The Pretenders. Despite the diversity of musical styles, the 14 tracks are united by an unrelentingly upbeat feeling delivered with an African tinge.

Key Tracks: Paul Simon kicks things off with the poppy "Father and Daughter," an insincere and saccharine tribute to paternal love. "Animal Nation" is instantly recognizable as a Peter Gabriel song – it is also instantly forgettable. "Africa (Ila Re Waisco)" by Las Hijas del Sol injects some sorely needed southern heat and is the best track on the album.

Sounds Like: The Wild Thornberrys Movie soundtrack has been clearly influenced by the success of another Disney film and musical, The Lion King. Unfortunately, the songs have been watered down to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. The result is exactly what you would expect from a Disney production: slick, squeaky clean, inoffensive and ultimately uninspired.

–Nicole Laidler

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