American Dreamz

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2006
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • UPC: 780163385625
  • Catalog Number: 33856
  • Sales rank: 288,532

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dreamz with a Z - Paris Hampton (1:24)
  2. 2 Overture (2:27)
  3. 3 The Presidential (1:52)
  4. 4 Kabulywood (0:59)
  5. 5 Omer's Secret Stash (0:44)
  6. 6 Tweedy's Theme (0:47)
  7. 7 Bring Me Some Freaks (1:14)
  8. 8 G-Dammit (0:35)
  9. 9 The Breakup (2:20)
  10. 10 Happy Pills (1:41)
  11. 11 On the Line (1:00)
  12. 12 Summit (0:32)
  13. 13 Convoy (0:29)
  14. 14 You've Gotta Have a Story/The Makeup (1:57)
  15. 15 The Premier of China (0:51)
  16. 16 Earwig (0:47)
  17. 17 Omer's Little Secret (0:52)
  18. 18 Tweedy Goes to Padookie (1:02)
  19. 19 Terror at the Doorstep (0:24)
  20. 20 Rizza (3:03)
  21. 21 Jacuzzi Jihad (0:44)
  22. 22 The Tears of Poopie (0:42)
  23. 23 Lilly (3:18)
  24. 24 Another Exciting Season (1:42)
  25. 25 Mommy Don't Drink Me to Bed Tonight (1:14)
  26. 26 (Girl) Let's Not Be Friends (0:34)
  27. 27 Rockin' Man (0:24)
  28. 28 I've Never Felt This Way Before (0:31)
  29. 29 Lez Git Raunchy (0:20)
  30. 30 You Are My Life (0:36)
  31. 31 Impossible Dream (The Quest) (1:50)
  32. 32 I'm a Placebo (1:30)
  33. 33 Room Service (1:37)
  34. 34 Do It on the Show (1:39)
  35. 35 A Joyful Moment (1:23)
  36. 36 Pre Coitus (1:46)
  37. 37 Motorcade (1:00)
  38. 38 In the Hole (1:05)
  39. 39 Post Coitus (0:34)
  40. 40 A Spirit of Resolve (0:32)
  41. 41 Bomb's Away (0:33)
  42. 42 My Way (3:54)
  43. 43 What Do I Think (0:58)
  44. 44 That's My Guy (1:58)
  45. 45 Dreamz with a Z (Reprise) - Chris Klein (0:55)
  46. 46 Stars and Stripes (3:37)
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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
Sara Parkins Violin
Armen Anassian Violin
John A. Reynolds French Horn
Irina Voloshina Violin
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Thomas Dienner Viola
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
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
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 Fran├žois Composer
Skip Williamson Executive Soundtrack Producer
Stephen Trask Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
David Buntz Direction
Philip M. Cohen Music Business Affairs
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
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