The soundtrack to Lost Angels, a late-'80s teen drama which would probably be completely forgotten except for a lead turn by Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, is an all-overboard gathering of alternative acts from the period. Coincidentally (or perhaps not), several of the tracks have links to Led Zeppelin, either through style (Soundgarden's "Get on the Snake") or the use of samples (Apollo Smile's "Let's Rock," which nicks the riff from "The Immigrant Song," and Raheem's "Self Preservation," which samples "Whole Lotta Love and Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze"). There's nothing truly essential here, as all of the tracks except for a solid (if unspectacular) version of Jimmy Cliff's classic "Many Rivers to Cross" by Toni Childs and the movie's instrumental theme are available elsewhere. However, the soundtrack does collect worthwhile tracks like the Cure's brooding "Fascination Street," the Pogues' infectious "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah," and a new mix of Happy Mondays' swirling, percussive "Do It Better," making for an enjoyable sampling of some of the hippest acts of early postmodern rock.
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AllMusic Review by Tom Demalon