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Pret-A-Porter (Ready to Wear)

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Soundtrack albums are almost always disappointing, but at least they rarely raise your expectations ahead of time. This one does get your hopes up, sort of -- tracks by U2, Sam Phillips and the Cranberries rub shoulders with tunes by Janet Jackson, Terence Trent D'Arby and the New Power Generation (minus Prince). Several are dance mixes, which are almost always kind of fun, and two tracks are by certified butt-kicking reggae DJs Ini Kamoze and Supercat. So one can be forgiven for expecting great things of this album. Life being what it is, these perfectly reasonable hopes are, if not dashed, at least quashed. Granted, Ini Kamoze's "Here Comes the Hot Stepper" features a pretty infectious dance groove, and Supercat's sendup of the Fats Domino classic "My Girl Josephine" is as much mindless fun as you'd expect from 12-bar raggamuffin R&B fusion. Sam Phillips even manages to turn in a worthwhile version of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'." But that's about where the fun ends, and what's especially disappointing is that the artists who deliver the real clunkers could have done so much better. Terence Trent D'Arby makes a fool of himself imitating Lenny Kravitz on the leering "Supermodel Sandwich," Bono makes a fool of himself imitating Smokey Robinson on "Lemon," and Janet Jackson describes her, uh, sexual topography in excruciating detail on the otherwise uninteresting "'70s Love Groove." The Rolling Stones make their intentions known with "Jump on Top of Me," and the New Power Generation prove once and for all that they're nothing without their leader -- "Get Wild" is an attempt at that Minneapolis funk thang which manages to be both overwrought and stultifyingly boring at the same time. Maybe it was intentional -- the fact is that, as a showcase of stylish emptiness, this soundtrack is the musical equivalent of the fashion shows that the film lampoons. Intentional or not, it's not really worth the money.

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