The soundtrack to the fashionista-turns-stepmom dramedy Raising Helen is a standard-issue one, mixing a few old favorites with some new teen pop and singer/songwriter fare. Devo's "Whip It," David Bowie's "Fashion," and Simon & Garfunkel's "At the Zoo" sit next to songs like Five for Fighting's "Sister Sunshine," Kristyn Osborn of SHeDAISY's "Whose Life Am I In," Fefe Dobson's "If You Walk Away," and Haylie Duff's "Sweetest Pain." Liz Phair's "Extraordinary" proves once again that she's viable as a quasi-teen pop star, even if this single isn't quite as convincing as "Why Can't I?." John Hiatt's "Feels Like Rain" and Joan Osborne's "Stand Back" give the soundtrack more substance, while tracks by Josh Kelley, Dana Glover, and Ingram Hill round it out. On its own, Raising Helen is a pleasant yet somewhat anonymous collection of songs, but fans of the movie might find it more enjoyable.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares