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High School Musical Soundtrack

The Soundtrack of the Monster Hit Disney Television Show

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High School Musical Soundtrack
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Here are the songs from the one that started it all, High School Musical!

The Cast and Composers

It's pretty well known that Drew Seleey sang for Zac Efron on the first High School Musical Soundtrack, but the rest of the cast, including Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, and Corbin Bleu, are given the opportunity to contribute vocals. And that's not a bad thing: it just makes High School Musical that much more believeable as a performance by "high school" kids.

The songs were written by a slew of composers, including Robbie Nevil (co-wrote "C'est La Vie," a #2 hit in 1986, as well as the theme song to Hannah Montana); Faye Greenberg and David N. Lawrence (he's the son of Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence); and Andy Dodd and Adam Watts (Jesse McCartney, Miley Cyrus, That's So Raven, etc.).

The Music

The album kicks off with the "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" clone, "Start of Something New," a pop tune about budding romance; followed by the sneaker squeak/basketball bounce-infused "Get'cha Head in the Game," a thumping R&B tune about the distraction of a new crush.

Next come two of the most "musical" tunes on the album, "What I've Been Looking For" and "Stick to the Status Quo," songs that sound like something you might hear if you went to a Broadway show for kids. The first is a jaunty piano-driven tune about newly discovered feelings, while the second is a full cast performance that warns about straying from established cliques.

The power ballad "When There Was Me and You" mourns lost love; "Bop to the Top," easily the worst song on the album, utilizes a fourth-rate Gloria Estefan style to highlight lyrics like "Zip, zap, zop / Pop like a mop." C'mon, really?!? The pop rocker "Breaking Free" celebrates exceeding the expectations of peer groups, while "We're All in This Together" is a Drumline-like tune about school spirit and individual uniqueness.

The album ends with the island groove of "I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You;" a second performance of "Get'cah Head in the Game," performed by B5; and Karaoke instrumentals of "Start of Something New" and "Breaking Free."

The Verdict

Some of the songs ("Stick to the Status Quo," "Get'cah Head in the Game") make way more sense while watching the television special, while other tunes could pass as stand-alone pop songs. If you're a fan of tween pop, you'll like "Start of Something New" and "Breaking Free," but for the most part, this album is for fans of the show. Innocent fun for upper-elementary and middle school music lovers.

Released January 10, 2006; Walt Disney Records

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