American Pie 2

American Pie 2

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Yes, two years have gone by since Jason Biggs got up close and personal with his dessert in the teen farce American Pie, but that doesn't necessarily translate into maturity, as proven by the sequel, American Pie 2, which catches up Biggs's Jim after his first year as a college student. Nor does it lead to musical maturity,See more details below

Overview

Yes, two years have gone by since Jason Biggs got up close and personal with his dessert in the teen farce American Pie, but that doesn't necessarily translate into maturity, as proven by the sequel, American Pie 2, which catches up Biggs's Jim after his first year as a college student. Nor does it lead to musical maturity, as the accompanying soundtrack is an appropriately punky, giddy, and goofy collection of adolescent angst and power-chord pounding. The leading lights of punk-pop all turn up for the occasion: Blink 182 offer a snotty slice of anti-romance in "Everytime I Look at You," and fans of the '80s teen comedy classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High will appreciate Fenix TX's lustful ode, "Phoebe Cates." The disc contains a few previously released tracks, from Green Day and Oleander, but piles on the new material a bit more heavily than most movie collections. Of the newer tunes, standouts include Alien Ant Farm's wiry "Good (for a Woman)" and Uncle Kracker's down-and-dirty "I'm Gonna Split This Room in Half," which hits quite a bit harder than his Top Ten hit "Follow." By the time the likely third installment of the American Pie series rolls around, Jim might very well be in grad school with artier tunes on the brain. For now, however, the party continues full throttle, so dive in at the shallow end while there's still time.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Leslie Mathew
The charitable would call the American Pie 2 soundtrack consistent and focussed. The more hard-eyed would spot it for the cookie-cutter, formula-milking creature that it is -- full of the kind of second-generation punk-pop that goes in one ear and out the other faster than one can look up the meaning of "derivative" in the dictionary. Ironically then, it is the unknowns who stand out in the modern-rock-by-numbers assault. Far and away the best songs on the set are Jettingham's "Cheating" ("If I'm leaving with a broken heart, you're leaving with a broken nose") and Fenix*TX's sprightly power pop ode "Phoebe Cates." Also impressive: the mock-aggro hip-hop of Uncle Kracker's "(I'm Gonna) Split This Room in Half." As for the big guns, there's Blink 182 making a return appearance (they were on the first soundtrack as well) and Green Day, both of whom turn in competent, if ordinary, tracks. On the other hand, the best thing that can be said about Alien Ant Farm's "Good (For a Woman)" is that it's not as wretched as their allegedly funny cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" (which featured on the film but is absent from the album). Throw in a couple of tracks for the ladies -- the smoky, post-Spice Girls dance-pop of Angela Ammons' "Always Getting Over You" and "Halo" by Oleander -- and there is a soundtrack that's entirely predictable and largely one-dimensional, but sporadically enjoyable all the same.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2001
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0044001449420
catalogNumber:
014494

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

blink-182   Track Performer
Fenix TX   Track Performer
Left Front Tire   Track Performer
Flying Blind   Track Performer
Alien Ant Farm   Track Performer
Angela Ammons   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Rick Beato   Producer
Green Day   Composer,Producer
Gary Jones   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Richard Mouser   Producer
Daniel Rey   Producer
Louie Teran   Digital Editing
Toby Wright   Producer
Jerry Finn   Producer
Jim Barton   Producer
Stewart Whitmore   Digital Editing
Cynthia Cochrane   Art Direction
Kathy Nelson   Music Executive
Barrett Jones   Producer
Ken Gioia   Producer
Mike Bradford   Producer,Engineer
Billie Joe Armstrong   Composer
Uncle Kracker   Producer
American Hi-Fi   Producer

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