ANIMAL, THE: SOUNDTRACK
The most entertaining element of this record is the picture of
Rob Schneider sharing a friendly moment with a grinning orangutan.
Letís play pick the primate with the sophisticated comedic
timing. Too easy? Well there is this second picture of Rob, with
a goat. But decorum wonít permit . . .
Each of the tracks listed in the CD booklet has a creature
caricature stamped next to it. Real classy too. They look like
clip art. Some are apropos while others equate to matching Kylie
Minogue with a giraffe.
One they did get right, is a cat for Marvin Gaye. But then the
goat could have figured that one out. From itís opening
notes, Letís Get It On is as slinky a slice of
soul as the great soulman ever recorded. Just as smooth as the
salacious salvation of Sexual Healing and with more finesse in
its passionate groove. The rhythm is effortless, the bass locks
funkily in the pocket and the peerless voice never skated so
effortlessly around phrases.
Inhabiting an entirely different corner of the musical kingdom
are The Minus 5. However, they deliver the only other genuine
plus in this, by and large, meagre menagerie. I donít know
why The Amazing Dolphin Boy has a rabbit as
its badge but if they couldnít find a porpoise picture, a
beetle might have sufficed. This is a very Beatles-esque outing
of psychadelia. The strummed acoustic guitars, sweet harmonies
and eclectic organ break arenít quite Fab Four quality, but
they donít shame the genre by any means.
The rest of the CD is populated by denizens of the least fertile
corner of the techno-punk-rap jungle. With the possible exception
of Rustic Overtones whose spritely brass blasts are worth a
listen, and Tone-Deaf . . . er, Tone-Loc whose Wild Thingódespite
comprising all the elements of ephemeral hit materialóhasnít
dated quite as awfully as it ought. You do have to admire a guy
who can rap with reasonable enunciation, while his tongue is
planted so firmly in his cheek. ďShopping at the mall
looking for some gear to buy/I saw this girl she cool rocked my
world and I had to adjust my fly.Ē Puerile to the syllable,
but worth a chortle.
Still, a positive effort from The Minus Five, and this retro rap
novelty are hardly enough. Sorry Marvin, not even one super cool
cat can save the day. If this review were accompanied by an
animal icon, it would have to be a turkey.
Published August 9, 2001
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TITLE: Animal, The
ID: 20616 23282
ARTISTS: Rustic Overtones, Ali Dee, Quad City DJís, Tone-Loc,
Mocean Worker, Wailing Souls, Marvin Gaye, Coo Coo Cal, The Minus
5, Citizen King, Bottlefly
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