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A good listen if you enjoy late 90's teen pop

  • Sep 3, 2008
This soundtrack is labeled as "music from and inspired by the motion picture," but it's more accurate to say it's "music from the motion picture, and some random songs that have absolutely nothing to do with the movie whatsoever." At least two of songs on the soundtrack were released eight months to a year before the movie and soundtrack were released. Also, out of the sixteen songs on the soundtrack, only six make some kind of appearance in the film: Billy Crawford's rendition of the Pokemon theme, M2M's "Don't Say You Love Me," Christina Aguilera's "We're a Miracle," Vitamin C's "Vacation" (which appeared in the "Pikachu's Vacation" short), Angela Via's "Catch Me if You Can," and Blessid Union of Souls' "Brother My Brother."

By looking at the artists included on the disc, it's very clear the target audience for this soundtrack was kids. Besides the artists mentioned above, there is also Britney Spears, B*Witched, *NSYNC, Emma Bunton (from the Spice Girls), 98 Degrees, Aaron Carter, Billie, Mandah (now known as Willa Ford), and Ashley Ballard.

When I listened to this CD, the only standout tracks to me were the songs by M2M, Christina Aguilera, Vitamin C, Angela Via, Midnight Songs, and Blessid Union of Souls. Billy Crawford's version of the Pokemon theme wasn't bad, but it wasn't great, either. The remaining songs on the disc just sounded like generic throwaway late 1990's teen pop songs.

If you're a Pokemon fan who wants to own every Pokemon-related item, then this CD is for you. If you're a fan of the late 1990's American teen pop sound, then you might also find this to be an enjoyable CD. If you're a fan of one of the artists on the CD, and their song included here is hard to acquire elsewhere, you would probably have an interest in this disc. But if you don't fall into one of these three categories, then you probably won't have much of an interest in this soundtrack.

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review by . December 03, 1999
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This was the best CD I ever bought. It may be Pokemon but don't be fooled. Except for tracks 1, 10, and 13 the whole CD had nothing to do with Pokemon. "Don't Say You love" was a song with a very good story to it. "It Was You" and "We're A Miracle" are two great songs of friendship and love. "Soda Pop" was.........odd. "Somewhere, Someday" was a song about peace and love. "Get Happy" is a song to cheere you up even when everything seems to go wrong. "(Hey You) Free Up Your Mind" is a song to listen …
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"Gotta catch 'em all," shouts teen-popper (and 1999'sBuckner & Garcia)Billy Crawfordon this kid-phenom soundtrack. Engineered to capture not only preteen fans of theJapanese anime craze, but Top 40 listeners who might fall for singles such as girl groupM2M's peppy "Don't Say You Love Me," it's loaded with familiar zillion-selling names such asBritney Spears,'N Sync,Christina Aguilera, and98 Degrees. A mixture of light dance-pop, innocuous romantic ballads, and "Eye of the Tiger" drama keeps things moving. G-rated through and through, the disc's nonstop chirpiness might eventually wear on parents' ears even as they acknowledge the catchy hooks. The younger set will love it without qualification.--Rickey Wright
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Label: Atlantic , Wea
Genre: Soundtracks
Release Date: November 9, 1999

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