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On the Line

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Not surprisingly, Lance Bass and Joey Fatone's big-screen debut On the Line features truckloads of teen pop from Jessica Folker, Robyn, and, of course, Bass and Fatone's day job, 'N Sync. The group's "That Girl (Will Never Be Mine)" basically relates the film's plot in song: Bass meets the girl of his dreams on a train but lets her slip away before he can get her number, then spends the rest of the movie trying to find her and let her know how he feels. This song and the mopey ballad "Falling" prove that the group saved their best material for Celebrity; however, compared to most of the bland, slick material on this soundtrack, 'N Sync's contributions sound pretty substantial. The usually reliable BBMak go syrupy on the ballad "Don't Look Down"; Robyn's "Say You'll Walk the Distance" and Jessica Folker's "To Be Able To Love (Jonathan Peters Radio Mix)" fail to make any lasting impression. The soundtrack's nadir is the quasi-disco remake of Al Green's classic "Let's Stay Together": Though Green is still in fine voice (infinitely finer than most of the singers on the album), the histrionic background vocals and dreadful, mid-song rap are an insult to his talent. Still, On the Line is not without its charms. Tricksides' "Under You" sounds a bit like an even poppier twist on Sugar Ray's boyish but non-threatening sound, if that's possible; Melissa Lefton's "My Hit Song" manages to have it both ways, at once sending up and relishing teen pop's plastic sound and mindless appeal; Britney Spears' "Let Me Be" continues the more musically and lyrically mature direction of "I'm a Slave 4 U," mixing a stuttering, hip-hop-inspired beat with Spears' typically coy vocals. Unfortunately, these moments are few and far between on On the Line, a soundtrack that seems more concerned with the bottom line than worthwhile music.

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