Lizzie McGuire: Total Party!

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Lizzie McGuire: Total Party! Review

by Heather Phares

Even though the Lizzie McGuire show finished and the movie was released well before Lizzie McGuire: Total Party! came out, the album showed that both Disney -- as well as the show's fans -- wanted still more Lizzie and Lizzie-related music. Though this album doesn't include any songs by Hilary Duff, tracks such as "Theme to Lizzie McGuire" make it pretty darn close to a total Lizzie McGuire party. This collection features better-quality teen pop than most Disney-related albums, including Hoku's flawlessly frothy "Perfect Day [Sunshine Mix]" and Pink's "Get the Party Started [Radio Disney Edit]." Other perennial teen pop faves such as the A-Teens, B*Witched, and Vitamin C do their shiny, perky pop thing on "Dancing Queen," "C'Est la Vie," and "Smile." Atomic Kitten and Kool & the Gang's duet on "Ladies Night," Nine Days' anthemic "Us Against the World," and 3LW's urban/teen pop fusion "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)" help round out the festivities. Lizzie McGuire: Total Party! also includes three karaoke instrumentals, including one of Duff's "I Can't Wait." The collection is solid enough that it could almost double as an alternate history of teen pop, divorced of its Britney and Christina-sized mega-stars. Even though more than a few of its songs aren't exactly fresh, Lizzie McGuire: Total Party! offers plenty of fun for Lizzie fans and anyone else partial to gleefully lightweight pop.

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