is a movie about a struggling musician and his pursuit of love and fame. Star Steven Strait is also all over the soundtrack, performing on half of the songs on the disc. The surprise is that supporting actress Ashlee Simpson
, who has a significant supporting role in the film, doesn't appear on the collection at all, except as a co-writer of the disc's title song. The list of contributors is also curious; a host of relatively low profile artists who seem to musically emulate bigger stars. (Work's "Got a Problem" is shockingly similar to the stylings of punk rocker Patti Smith
," and Strait's "This Is Living" is eerily close to early Iggy Pop).
Standout tracks include Strait's grungified "Pure Example" and the disc's closer, "Why Not Me" by David Baerwald, who some might remember as the dark and dry performer of the retro hit "Welcome to the Boomtown;" Baerwald also wrote or co-wrote a number of songs on the disc. For sheer amusement, however, Chuck T & The Wookies' '70s rawk version of "Jungle Love" (originally by the Steve Miller Band-- is easily the best of the bunch, nearly identically duplicating the classic. --Denise Sheppard