The Beavis and Butt-head Experience, the soundtrack to the animated television series, was an excellent collection of unreleased and rare tracks from the likes of Nirvana, Megadeth, and White Zombie. The soundtrack to the duo's big-screen debut, Beavis and Butt-head Do America doesn't live up to its predecessor. Feeling more like a marketing exercise than a soundtrack (instead of grunge and metal this year, it's ska and punk), the album nevertheless has a couple of excellent moments that fit the anarchic spirit of the movie, particularly White Zombie's rampaging "Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls," old cuts from Ozzy Osbourne and AC/DC, a rarity from the Butthole Surfers, and a new version of the Beavis and Butt-head theme, as written by Isaac Hayes. The rest of the album ranges from things like LL Cool J's "Ain't Nobody," which is very good but doesn't fit the record's mood, to acceptable filler from No Doubt and mediocre cuts from Southern Culture on the Skids. There's enough good moments on the record to make Beavis and Butt-head Do America worth purchasing for fans of the film, but there's not quite enough to make it a record that holds up under repeat plays.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine