American Dreamz

American Dreamz

by Stephen Trask
     
 
Satirizing pop culture, politics, and the unholy union between the two, American Dreamz is an ambitious comedy with a soundtrack to match. However, the music's ambitions are sometimes greater than what American Dreamz actually delivers: occasionally, the soundtrack serves up some inspired jabs, but too often it feels disjointed. The album does have a lot

Overview

Satirizing pop culture, politics, and the unholy union between the two, American Dreamz is an ambitious comedy with a soundtrack to match. However, the music's ambitions are sometimes greater than what American Dreamz actually delivers: occasionally, the soundtrack serves up some inspired jabs, but too often it feels disjointed. The album does have a lot of satirical ground to cover. Not only does the film parody an American Idol-like reality TV series, it skewers a jittery President of the United States who's more concerned with headlines than the daily briefings his Chief of Staff gives him, and also involves a subplot with a show tunes-loving Afghani terrorist who infiltrates the TV show with a bomb. Surprisingly, and a little disappointingly, the music heard on American Dreamz focuses more on the political aspects of the film than the pop ones. Tracks like "The Presidential," "Summit," "Convoy," and "Motorcade" have a hyper-American, patriotic feel and lavish orchestral arrangements, while "Rizza," "Omer's Secret Stash," and "Jacuzzi Jihad" offer an equally stylized take on Middle Eastern music. All of Stephen Trask's score excerpts are perky and quirky enough to let you know that they're soundtracking a satire, but stop short of being too obvious. The same can't always be said for the songs that appear on the American Dreamz show. Although the super-saccharine "Dreamz with a Z" is undeniably funny, songs like this and "Another Exciting Season" -- which captures the mindless, vague excitement of the American Idol theme song but none of its catchiness -- are more than a little smug. The pop songs on American Dreamz feel like a missed opportunity to be truly subversive; after all, American Idol is a pretty easy target of ridicule. Still, "Mommy Don't Drink Me to Bed Tonight," a maudlin country-pop song sung by Mandy Moore that could be styled after Carrie Underwood's oeuvre, and "Lez Git Raunchy," an urban parody that rhymes "wantcha" with "rocket launcher," should amuse both AmIdol fans and those who think the show is the end of Western civilization. Oddly enough, each part of American Dreamz is done at least fairly well, yet the album ends up feeling disjointed. Die-hard fans of the film may enjoy owning the soundtrack, but it ultimately works better within the context of American Dreamz.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2006
Label:
Lakeshore Records
UPC:
0780163385625
catalogNumber:
33856

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Dreamz with a Z
  2. Overture
  3. The Presidential
  4. Kabulywood
  5. Omer's Secret Stash
  6. Tweedy's Theme
  7. Bring Me Some Freaks
  8. G-Dammit
  9. The Breakup
  10. Happy Pills
  11. On the Line
  12. Summit
  13. Convoy
  14. You've Gotta Have a Story/The Makeup
  15. The Premier of China
  16. Earwig
  17. Omer's Little Secret
  18. Tweedy Goes to Padookie
  19. Terror at the Doorstep
  20. Rizza
  21. Jacuzzi Jihad
  22. The Tears of Poopie
  23. Lilly
  24. Another Exciting Season
  25. Mommy Don't Drink Me to Bed Tonight
  26. (Girl) Let's Not Be Friends
  27. Rockin' Man
  28. I've Never Felt This Way Before
  29. Lez Git Raunchy
  30. You Are My Life
  31. Impossible Dream (The Quest)
  32. I'm a Placebo
  33. Room Service
  34. Do It on the Show
  35. A Joyful Moment
  36. Pre Coitus
  37. Motorcade
  38. In the Hole
  39. Post Coitus
  40. A Spirit of Resolve
  41. Bomb's Away
  42. My Way
  43. What Do I Think
  44. That's My Guy
  45. Dreamz with a Z (Reprise)
  46. Stars and Stripes

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Trask   Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Richard Todd   French Horn
Richard Altenbach   Violin
Eric Anderson   Keyboards
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Darius Campo   Violin
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Celli
Pedro Eustache   Flute,Duduk
Mike Fisher   Percussion
Susan Greenberg   Flute
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Patricia Johnson   Violin
Katie Kirkpatrick   Harp
Charles Loper   Trombone
Edward Meares   Bass
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Katia Popov   Violin
Bart Samolis   Bass
Cecilia Tsan   Celli
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Joey Waronker   Percussion
Donald Williams   Percussion
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Gary Bovyer   Clarinet
Damon Intrabartolo   Conductor
Leslie Reed   Oboe
Armen Anassian   Violin
John A. Reynolds   French Horn
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Liane Mautner   Violin
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
John Richard Lewis   Trumpet
Jennifer Levin   Violin
Phillip Yao   French Horn
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Marina Manukian   Violin
Alyssa Park   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Viola
George Dearing   Guitar,Ud
Paula J. Fehrenbach   Celli
Marc Ford   Bass,Guitar
Susan A. Wulff   Bass
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Thomas Diener   Viola
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Kenneth Munday   Bassoon
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Sarah Parkins   Violin
M.B. Gordy   Percussion
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Paul Anka   Composer
Joe Darion   Composer
Mitch Leigh   Composer
Tim O'Heir   Engineer
Ray Pyle   Engineer
Dennis Sands   Engineer
Jacques Revaux   Composer
Claude François   Composer
Skip Williamson   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Stephen Trask   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
David Buntz   Direction
Myron Kerstein   Executive Producer
Andrew Miano   Executive Producer
Paul Weitz   Composer,Executive Producer
Stephanie Mente   Art Direction
Brian McNeils   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Chuck Martin   Executive Producer
Philip Cohen   Music Business Affairs

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