Various Artists

Sonny With a Chance

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Released toward the end of the show’s second season, this soundtrack features nine songs performed by the cast of Sonny with a Chance. Demi Lovato, who plays title character Allison “Sonny” Munroe, gets the most air time, singing lead on four songs (including the theme “So Far so Great”) and leaving co-stars Tiffany Thorton and Sterling Knight with two tunes apiece. Allstar Weekend, a Disney-affiliated emo band with ties to the show, also contribute a song. Thorton and Knight both deserve kudos for co-writing their own tunes, but that doesn’t overshadow the fact that most of the material here is formulaic pop/rock, stripped of anything unique or different from other Disney albums. The vocals are Auto-Tuned, a move that smoothes out the natural quirks in each singer’s voice, and the music is played by a group of session musicians who aren’t even listed in the credits. None of that really matters, of course -- the kids who watch Sonny with a Chance don’t give a hoot about the name of the soundtrack’s bass player -- but it doesn’t reflect well on Lovato, who has the most to lose as an aspiring musician when albums like this are released.

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