Camp Album reviews.
Release Date: 07.22.03
Record label: Universal
Genre(s): Movies, Film Scores, Musicals, Etc.
Not too Campy
by: john reed
Being as I am not a fan of show tunes, I was pleasantly surprised to find one that was listenable in the soundtrack to Camp.
Amidst all the films original songs lurks such cool covers of the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" and Todd Rundgren's obscure gem "The Want Of A Nail." These do mix well with some Camp originals - especially the gospel laden "How Shall I See You Through My Tears" and a tasteful ballad, "I Sing For You", adds a nice mix to the otherwise mostly fervor driven tone of the other cuts.
The appeal of the Camp songs is possibly due to its authors, Michael Gore and Lynn Ahrens (Gore penned the music for 1980's Fame including "Out Here On My Own" and the title smash while Ahrens was responsible for lots of those catchy Schoolhouse Rock ditties from the 70's).
But mind you, Camp would not be a true camp experience with out some pitfalls and there are several in the lame "Turkey Lurkey Time." But, this miss-step is more than made up for by the inclusion of legendary alt-gods The Replacements and their urban drenched classic "Skyway." 23-Jan-2004 2:20 PM