label: Walt Disney Records
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
You'd be hard-pressed
to find anyone that won't admit, at least to some extent, that
they thought Princess Diaries was actually a decent movie.
Hopefully the sequal didn't disappoint the following of young
girls that made up most of its fan base. Although with Anne Hathaway
returning to the star role as Mia Thermopolis, I'm sure Royal
Engagment was at least somewhat entertaining. And that's about
what the soundtrack is...somewhat entertaining.
about this soundtrack is it's around its target audience, not
us adults. Consequently much of the musical and lyrical content
has been dumbed down immensly, leaving a skeleton of kiddie pop
in the wake. There are, however, some tracks to note, and some
to heed warning.
up is Kelly Clarkson performing "Breakaway", and exclusive
single done soley for Princess Diaries. It was co-written
with by Avril Lavigne, and when you think about this fact it's
possible to notice some similarity to her music. Follwing up is
one of Disney's up-and-coming starlets, Lindsay Lohan, and "I
Decide". Without being overly bratty or "girl-power"-ish,
Lohan touts her independent thought and how she controls her life.
is also a Disney product, comes through surprsingly well on "This
Is My Time". She shows that not only can she act (she has
her own show "Not So Raven"), but has a pretty good
voice too by giving plenty of support where it's needed and staying
within her range. Norah Jones amazes like usual doing a cover
of Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender". Norah can take
the most simple song, even one as well known as this, and work
her magic to evoke an emotional response from the listener. The
only other notable tracks are "Fools" by Rachel Stevens
and Renee Olstead's contemporary jazz number "A Love That
include the bratty and annoying "I Always Get What I Want"
from Avril Lavigne. This song is bound to get on any adults nerves
with lines like "every now and then we all want somethin'
/ even if there's no way of gettin it. if I stomp my feet quick
that may be / be the way around it". Great...tell kids throwing
a temper-tantrum gets you what you want. Pink's "Trouble",
while not really that bad, isn't good either, and is probably
the weakest track I've heard from her.
level goes way down during the second half of the album. Steve
Harwell does vocals on the lame "Fun In the Sun", and
it sounds like every other Smash Mouth track. "Dance, Dance,
Dance" by Wilson Phillips belongs on one of those sing along
videos for two year olds.
What IS good
about Princess Diaries 2 is that it allows young women
and girls to be confident without using sexuality as the tool
so many young women do today. Music critiquing aside, the soundtrack
is bound to please its target audience, which could roughly round
out to be five year olds up to late teens (depending on their
maturity level). I'd feel perfectly fine letting my daughter listen
to this one...except that Lavigne's track!
liked Princess Diaries 2...
Breakaway (Kelly Clarkson)
2. I Decide (Lindsay Lohan)
3. This Is My Time (Raven)
4. I Always Get What I Want (Avril Lavigne)
5. Trouble (Pink)
6. Because You Live (Jesse McCartney)
7. Love Me Tender (Adam Levy/Norah Jones)
8. Fun In The Sun (Steve Harwell)
9. Let's Bounce (Christy Carlson Romano)
10. Dance, Dance, Dance (Wilson Phillips)
11. Fools (not featured in film, Rachel Stevens)
12. A Love That Will Last (Renee Olstead)
13. Your Crowning Glory (Julie Andrews/Raven)
14. Miracles Happen (Jonny Blu)