Various Artists

NASCAR: Full Throttle

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As you might expect, NASCAR: Full Throttle is a high-octane mix of metal both old and new, interspersed with the sort of bland mainstream rock that always seems to fill the margins of niche compilations such as this. So, while "Kickstart My Heart," P.O.D.'s "School of Hard Knocks," and an alternate-lyrics version of Metallica's "Fuel for Fire" are the hard-hitting, rubbin' is racin' highlights here, Full Throttle is also choked with tripe. There's the goofy, pre-"Fly" hard rock of Sugar Ray's "RPM," marginal material from Matchbox Twenty and Vertical Horizon, and post-grunge also-rans like Breaking Point. Sure, there's Sammy Hagar's inevitable "I Can't Drive," but -- what's this? -- it's been re-recorded as "I can't drive...65!," a move so blatant that it sinks Sammy, and NASCAR: Full Throttle immediately. Yellow flag.

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