Let's hear it for girl-positive soundtracks! This one treads ground familiar to fans of Freaky Friday,
though it skews younger, going easier on the rock. Most of the tracks are new, which is refreshing, and the best of the bunch hop and bounce with absolutely infectious verve. In fact, the first five are pretty unimpeachable slices of energetic pop, with Liz Phair reminding everybody that she can craft some of the best choruses in town, Joanna delivering classic whoo-hoos on "Pretty Much Amazing," and the Donnas and Katie Melua bringing it all home with covers of Kim Wilde's "Kids in America" and Robert Palmer's "Looking for Clues," respectively. Newcomers Price and Persephone's Bees play groovy 1960s songs, while J-Kwon and Cupid deliver light, party-happy hip-hop tracks. The sensitive, female-voiced side of things is represented by Corinne Bailey Rae's familiar "Like a Star" and Norwegian band Flunk's Björkish, acoustic-flavored cover of New Order's "Blue Monday," which is so mellow that it takes off the song's pained edge--although it wouldn't be entirely surprising if it turned into a surprise hit, as with Frente's cover of "Bizarre Love Triangle." --Elisabeth Vincentelli
NANCY DREW is Warner Bros. Pictures' major motion picture adaptation of Carolyn Keene's classic children's book series. Adults and children alike can re-live the NANCY DREW phenomenon all over again with this fun-filled and rockin' soundtrack. Directed by ANDREW FLEMING (Craft, Dick), produced by JERRY WEINTRAUB (Ocean's 11, Karate Kid), and starring EMMA ROBERTS (Nickelodeon's UNFABULOUS), NANCY DREW: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE features an all-star lineup of top artists spanning pop, rock, hip-hop, and R&B. It includes NINE NEWLY-RECORDED AND ORIGINAL EXCLUSIVE TRACKS from Liz Phair, J-Kwon, The Donnas, Matthew Sweet (w/ Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles), Bizarre, Cupid, Katie Melua, Price, and Joanna plus the hit Like A Star by Corinne Bailey Rae and more!