Among the generally positive reviews of writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait's black comedy World's Greatest Dad was one that suggested the less a potential viewer knew about the plot going in, the more enjoyable it would be. So, perhaps a plot summary would be out of place in a review of the soundtrack album, but it isn't giving much away to say that, especially musically, Bruce Hornsby has something to do with the story. Hornsby is heard on four tracks on the album, including a new original, "Invisible" (which also appears on his 2009 album Levitate), and a newly recorded cover of the Louis Jordan hit "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby." Hornsby also figures in the dialogue excerpts sprinkled through the album, such as the closing track, "Thank You Bruce Hornsby," which hints that Hornsby actually makes a cameo appearance onscreen. The dialogue also provides suggestions of the plot, as do such other song selections as "I Hope I Become a Ghost" and "Don't Be Afraid, You're Already Dead." Enough said. Death notwithstanding, the song selections for World's Greatest Dad are an eclectic, entertaining batch, the better to accompany the dark satire Goldthwait has conjured up.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann