A Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story

Original Soundtrack


I know I’m flushing scene points down the toilet by admitting this, but in terms of teen pop, I have a soft spot for Hilary Duff. It boils down to image: she hasn’t yet reached the age where she’ll misidentify trashiness with independence assertion (Britney, Xtina, anyone?), but she’s old enough to sing songs about relationships and not completely give me the willies (Jojo). I haven’t watched A Cinderella Story nor have I listened to Duff’s music beyond the one or two songs that have found their way onto pop radio. Still, Duff’s glossy pop-punk songs here positively bleed sunshine. She contributes five tracks – including a version of The Go-Gos’ “Our Lips Are Sealed” with her sister Haylie – and they are undoubtedly the highlight of the project. Duff’s voice isn’t particularly strong and she inexplicably lapses into an affected British accent occasionally, but it’s cute and harmless.

The same can’t be said for her male counterpart on the album, Jesse McCartney. With funk so white it’s blinding, he actually makes the claim on “Beautiful Soul” that “[he wants] you and your beautiful soul.” Ohh…ominous! A satanic request via interminable pop music AND it’s a hit on Radio Disney! Rounding out the disc are Bon Jovi’s shadow, Goo Goo Dolls, Christian punk’s answer to Blink 182, MxPx, a token hip-hop track courtesy of Mya, Edwin McCain’s first, last and only meal ticket, “I’ll Be,” and some asthmatic named Josh Kelley’s crapped-up version of Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love.” Sorry, Hilary… you seem like a swell girl and all, but you seriously need to look into getting some new musical friends.

Hollywood: http://www.hollywoodrecords.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Halloween Nuggets

    Halloween Nuggets (Liberation Hall). Review by Charles D.J. Deppner.

  • RoboCop Steelbook
    RoboCop Steelbook

    Computerized police work in 1987? What could possibly go wrong? Carl F. Gauze reviews.

  • Memoria

    Winner of the Jury Prize of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria subtly draws viewers into a connective reality shaped by the sounds and images emerging from the unknown. Lily and Generoso share their thoughts on the film, currently touring North America.

  • Say Goodnight, Gracie
    Say Goodnight, Gracie

    Lose a job? Eh, there’s always another one. Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • New Music Now 007: crêpe girl
    New Music Now 007: crêpe girl

    Episode 007 features new music by Jack White, Snail Mail, and crêpe girl, and 2 sweet Yoko Ono covers from Stephin Merritt and Deerhoof. Stick around for joy!

  • Hot Water Music
    Hot Water Music

    Feel The Void (Equal Vision Records). Review by Charles D.J. Deppner.

  • Watcher

    Chloe Okuna’s new thriller Watcher is an immersive journey into fear. Review by Phil Bailey.

  • From Here
    From Here

    A mass shooting changes the world, but not the people in it.

  • True West
    True West

    Two brothers attempt to get into movies without killing each other. It’s a close call.

  • In The Heights
    In The Heights

    A lottery ticket and a blackout shift a man’s life in the New York Hispanic community.

From the Archives