Like most "tribute" CDs, this one has tracks on it that are sure to join a listener's list of favorites, and other tracks that nobody will probably ever want to listen to again. Happily, the former outnumber the latter.
On the plus side, Goldfinger earn their gold watches for their take on "Rio." I don't want to describe this track in too much detail, lest I spoil the surprise(s). But really, check it out, it's hysterical! Other choice tracks include the Deftones' "The Chauffeur," Buck-o-Nine's "Hold Back the Rain," Home Grown's "Planet Earth," Reel Big Fish's swingin' version of "Hungry like the Wolf," and the Mr. T Experience's mod take on "Is There Something I Should Know."
On the negative side, we have not one but two bands offering disappointing versions of "Girls on Film": Abba tribute band Bjorn Again, whose version sounds like -- words fail me here -- a band imitating Abba playing a Duran Duran cover; and the Wesley Willis Fiasco, a band whose name will elicit chuckles, until you listen to them and realize the name doesn't go far enough. Also, the band that covers "A View to a Kill" (sorry, I forget the band's name) seems to have just one goal: to get the song over with as fast as humanly possible.
Other than those clunkers, there isn't anything on this CD that's less than good. That's 13 good-to-great tracks out of 16 total -- not a bad batting average for this sort of disc. Give this one a spin if you haven't already.