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The Hot Chick

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Depending on how you look at it, the soundtrack to the body-switching, gender-bending comedy The Hot Chick is either admirably eclectic or suffering from a worse identity crisis than the movie's title character. Leading off with a trio of surprisingly earnest, sensitive songs -- Zed's "Starlight," Custom's "Mess," and Butch Walker's "Take Tomorow (One Day at a Time)," all of which are quirky and poppy in a mainstream way -- it's clear that this album is a definite change from the punk-pop and hip-hop that usually dominate this kind of "wacky" gross-out comedy. However, some of the music on the soundtrack is unintentionally funny: Loudermilk's overblown power ballad "Ash to Ash" and the super-sugary teen pop of No Secrets' "That's What Girls Do," which sounds like the evil dating guide The Rules put to music and sung by Britney Spears' younger sister, verge on parodying their respective styles. Worse, Whirlwind Heat's dorky cover of the White Stripes' "You're Pretty Good Looking" and Len's "Do Whatcha Wanna Do" -- which mixes ragga chanting and chirpy, childlike vocals into a cutesy nightmare -- are downright annoying and almost painful to hear. That the soundtrack includes a few tracks that are actually good just makes it more frustrating and confusing: Fu Manchu's "Mongoose" is a prime example of their driving stoner rock, Fatboy Slim's remix of Groove Armada and Gram'ma Funk's "I See You Baby" is a pretty fresh and original piece of big beat production, and Jene's "Get Into Something," a catchy, sophisticated party jam, feels totally out of place on this album. The soundtrack's most interesting song, though, is Roxy Saint's "Firecracker," which mixes throbbing glam rock à la Gary Glitter with bitchy teen diva vocals. It's slightly too slick for its own good, and if Saint's vocals had a little more authority it would be an even better bad-girl anthem, but at the very least it suggests that she could give Avril Lavigne and Kelly Osbourne a run for their money when it comes to attitude. However, not even this song can make The Hot Chick a successful soundtrack or album on any level -- it's a hodgepodge of clashing moods and styles that's about as appealing as Rob Schnieder in a miniskirt.

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