The soundtrack to Fame L.A. -- a late-'90s television update of the classic early-'80s film and TV series Fame -- is strangely stuck in the early '80s, refusing to acknowledge any contemporary trends. There's the slight hip-hop influence here and there, but most of the album is comprised of slick dance-pop, adult contemporary balladry, mainstream rock and teen-pop. Of the nine new songs on the album, only 98 Degrees' "Was It Something I Didn't Say" is a memorable, catchy hit. The remainder of the record -- featuring songs by Brent Fasser, Heidi Lenhart, Blush, Brian McKnight, Molly Rebekka and Debelah -- is a little flat and faceless, as the inclusion of Irene Cara's original hit version of "Fame" illustrates.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine