Various Artists

WWF Tough Enough, Vol. 2

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When the WWF was sued by the World Wildlife Fund, no one expected them to lose their case. But suddenly the WWF was the WWE, and they scrambled to drop the "F" from all their merchandise. This is true of WW: Tough Enough, Vol. 2, the first product released by the company after the change. The rushed packaging is quite obvious on the front cover, as the logo looks quite awkward and empty. And no better analogy could be made for the music here than comparing it to the logo change: This is a rushed, awkward, and empty collection. The usual gang of moping Fred Durst associates shows up to contribute, and even his band tries to paste the lunkheaded "Crushed" onto another compilation. These offerings are mostly quite bland, although Staind's "Take It" features the best riff the band may have ever written. Contributions from Rob Zombie, Weezer, and Queens of the Stone Age are at least more interesting than what surrounds them on the disc, but they also played it safe by obviously offering their weaker material. This entire thing smacks of the misguided perception that fans of this show (and wrestling in general) will just accept whatever derivative or dull music that's shoved their way as long as it "rocks." Instead of showcasing various types of music that might better sum up what the company offers, they perpetuate the macho aspect of their product by pasting generic alternative metal all over their compilations. The same organization that paired Ol' Dirty Bastard with Kool Keith to rap about the masochistic Mick Foley now struggles to fill an album with a few decent B-sides, and that is the biggest disappointment about WW: Tough Enough, Vol. 2. It is hard to imagine anyone but diehards buying this album anyway, but let the curious be warned that there is little to find here but anonymous metal acts and a few big names offering their least memorable tracks.

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