The soundtrack to Never Been Kissed contains several songs that, like the movie, are pleasant but lacking in depth. From the sugary sweet pop of the Moffatts' "Until You Loved Me" and Swirl 360's "Candy in the Sun" to the middle-of-the-road alternative rock of Willis' "Standing By" and Kendall Payne's "Closer to Myself," these songs are catchy but ultimately forgettable. There's even an somewhat sappy, acoustic offering from former Teen Pop one-hit wonder Jeremy Jordan, fresh from a career makeover. Interspersed amid this disposable fare are some strong though previously released contributions from the likes of R.E.M., Semisonic, Jimmy Eat World, and Remy Zero. Also represented here are two of pop music's greatest songwriters, Brian Wilson and John Lennon, with the inclusion of the Beach Boys' classic "Don't Worry Baby" and Lennon's "Watching the Wheels." Overall, this is not a poor collection, but you may find yourself sifting through some filler to get to the good stuff.
AllMusic Review by Michael Frey