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High School Musical 2 [Original Soundtrack]
     

High School Musical 2 [Original Soundtrack]

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The original High School Musical soundtrack has sold more than 7 million copies in the United States and was the bestselling album of 2006. Disney hopes to repeat that success with High School Musical 2. The accompanying soundtrack features the anthemic single "What Time Is It," which reunites original cast members Corbin Bleu ("Chad"), Monique Coleman

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The original High School Musical soundtrack has sold more than 7 million copies in the United States and was the bestselling album of 2006. Disney hopes to repeat that success with High School Musical 2. The accompanying soundtrack features the anthemic single "What Time Is It," which reunites original cast members Corbin Bleu ("Chad"), Monique Coleman ("Taylor"), Zac Efron ("Troy"), Lucas Grabeel ("Ryan"), Vanessa Hudgens ("Gabriella"), and Ashley Tisdale ("Sharpay"). The song is Disney's first commercially released single in more than a decade.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Making household names out of its cast -- not to mention lots and lots of money -- High School Musical was too successful not to spawn a second installment. While the original movie had a surprising amount of personality and sweetness, as well as songs that actually sounded like they could have appeared in a high-school musical, its glitzy sequel feels more like High School Musical: The Ride. Likewise,High School Musical 2's soundtrack is louder and brasher, operating under the principle that turning up the volume will distract from the fewer, and less inspired, songs here. Disney found more stories to tell about Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad, and Taylor, and more songs for them to sing -- High School Musical 2's plot revolves around summer vacation, a love triangle, and, of course, a talent show -- but this soundtrack feels a lot closer to Radio Disney than show tunes. "Gotta Go My Own Way," a bittersweet duet between Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, features the gentle beats and acoustic guitars that have been mainstays of teen pop ballads since the late '90s. The shift to an even more conventional, pop-friendly sound isn't really surprising, especially considering that nearly all of High School Musical's stars released solo albums in the wake of the movie's success. That includes Ashley Tisdale, who returns as thwarted musical theater queen Sharpay and is the soundtrack's star. A childhood musical theater veteran herself, Tisdale's chirpy, slightly saccharine voice is perfect (and sometimes, perfectly annoying) on songs like "Fabulous," a piece of diva-tastic pop that could also appear on the soundtrack to My Super Sweet 16. However, her turn on the Polynesian-flavored "bonus" track "Humuhumunukunukuapua'a" crosses the line from cute to far too cutesy, and could be the final straw for listeners past their early teens. A few of High School Musical 2's songs balance story and character-intensive lyrics with memorable melodies as nimbly as the original movie's music did, including "Work This Out," which finds the gang livening up their summer jobs, and "I Don't Dance," which turns big-band brass, a melody borrowed from Prince, and a stomp section into a jock jam. Meanwhile, "You Are the Music in Me" is a big, sweeping love song that sounds fairly funky and young while nodding to show tune traditions. High School Musical 2's lack of inspiration really shows on its bigger numbers: the soundtrack closes with "Everyday" and "All for One," two wannabe rousing songs that blend into one big, bland singalong. While it suffers from a bit of sequel-itis, the soundtrack isn't outright bad; too much is at stake for Disney for it to be terrible. High School Musical 2 is big, bright, and energetic. It's tailor-made for kids to sing and dance along with, and they might not notice that it's not quite as fresh or imaginative, relatively speaking, as the original was.
Billboard - Gary Graff
The music again skews toward hip-hop beats and hooky pop melodies, and such tracks as "Work This Out," the sports-themed "I Don't Dance," "Bet on It" and "All for One" make you feel like Backstreet's not only back, but never left.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
Label:
Walt Disney Records
UPC:
0050087107529
catalogNumber:
000065102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robbie Nevil   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tim Heintz   Keyboards
David Barry   Guitar
Matthew Gerrard   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Greg Critchley   Percussion,Drums
Alyson Reed   Vocals
Dionyza Sutton   Background Vocals
Bart Johnson   Vocals
Tanya Michelle   Vocals
Windy Wagner   Background Vocals
Adam Watts   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Lauren Evans   Background Vocals
Canela Cox   Background Vocals
Zac Efron   Vocals
Ashley Tisdale   Vocals
Rachel Lynn   Background Vocals
Corbin Bleu   Vocals
Monique Coleman   Vocals
Lucas Grabeel   Vocals
Andy Dodd   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Matthew Miles Carter   Vocals
Olesya Rulin   Vocals
Ryne Sanborn   Vocals
Kaycee Stroh   Vocals
Leslie Wing   Vocals

Technical Credits

Robbie Nevil   Programming,Lyricist
Bill Borden   Executive Producer
Cary Butler   Engineer
Matthew Gerrard   Arranger,Programming,Lyricist,Producer
David Lawrence   Arranger,Programming,Lyricist,Producer
Iki Levy   Programming
Randy Petersen   Lyricist
Kevin Quinn   Lyricist
Dan Rudin   Engineer
Kenny Ortega   Executive Producer
Antonina Armato   Lyricist,Producer
Jamie Houston   Arranger,Programming,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer
Tim James   Lyricist,Producer
Adam Watts   Programming,Lyricist,Producer
Faye Greenberg   Lyricist,Producer
Barry Rosenbush   Executive Producer
Andy Dodd   Programming,Lyricist,Producer

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High School Musical 2 [Original Soundtrack] 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
High School Musical isn't just another musical, believe it or not. I know that it seems shallow and superficial but as you begin to think about it, so does high school. Everybody's been in these situations before... the new kid, shoved unwittingly into the spotlight, or the jock, doing something they've never done before. It's not just another musical about teenage angst and love where everything turns out O.K in the end. It's actually surprisingly realistic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would difinelty recommend this CD to all pre-teen- teen music lovers!! A great family movie!! I think this is better than the first movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love it!! The best Musical Ever. Get It Now
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music is so incredible! It's alot better than the first, and I definately recommend it! People should see it if they haven't! It's incredible! GO HSM2!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have to say that this CD (and the movie) is MUCH better than the first one. In this CD, Zac Efron actually sings, instead of Drew Seely. The songs I like most are What Time Is It, Fabulous, Gotta Go My Own Way, You are the Music in Me (Sharpay Version), and All for One. These songs have a great beat to it except for Gotta Go My Own Way, which shows Troy and Gabriella breaking up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The soundtrack for High School Musical features a different side of the High School Musical Cast but is still definitely up to standard. I really liked "I Don't Dance" and "You are the Music in Me" while "Bet on It" and "Gotta Go On My Way" really shows how Troy and Gabriella's characters are dealing with their lives which also helps the music seem a lot more realistic and a bit easier to attach yourself into the lyrics. "All for One" is a great wrap-up song to the album, which is really similar to "We're All in This Together" in the first soundtrack and of course "What Time is It" is a great summertime song. I can't wait to see how the movie turns out on Friday!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cd is so cool! Me and my friend are so obsessed with High School Musical and I go around to people I know and ask "are you gonna watch High School Musical 2?". It's so insane! Anyway,Go High School Musical!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really don't think that high school musical is all that. i don't know why everyone is getting soo worked up about it. it's not even that good. the music is ok, but i think that zac efron really needs to learn how to lip sync cuz there is no way he's singing that.along with vanessa. it's not good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The High School Musical Cast is back again with an all new movie and an all new soundtrack. Packing on all new songs, the cast really steps up a knotch in the music and has learned how to improvise with their voices in the music. From songs of love ("You are the Music in me") to songs of self- examination ("Bet on it" & "Gotta go my own way") to songs of fun (" All for one, "HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA`A," , "I don`t dance" , "Fabulous" & "What time is it?") to songs of teamwork ("Work this out" & "Everyday") this CD has it all! Any fan of the first High School Musical will be overly impressed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is a summer must-have! The music is up beat and inspiring!! The movie is the same way. If you like high school musical, you would LOVE high school musical 2! All of the singers have amazing voices and are great at what they do. Bravo!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the cd for my grandson He is a big fan of the Highschool musical and this one was on his list He is very happy with it
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this CD there are a lot of different genres of music, like hip-hop, electronic, and pop!! All the songs tell a awesome story and make it impossible to not get up and sing and dance your heart out!!
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