National Lampoon's Van Wilder

National Lampoon's Van Wilder

     
 
The song soundtracks that accompany youth-oriented films are almost always throwaway items, but National Lampoon's Van Wilder is a surprising and pleasant exception to this rule. Instead of loading up on the usual outtakes and uninspired cover versions that often dominate these soundtracks, this album focuses on strong tracks from a number of new bands on the

Overview

The song soundtracks that accompany youth-oriented films are almost always throwaway items, but National Lampoon's Van Wilder is a surprising and pleasant exception to this rule. Instead of loading up on the usual outtakes and uninspired cover versions that often dominate these soundtracks, this album focuses on strong tracks from a number of new bands on the verge of breaking through. The result is a soundtrack album that is as boisterous and dynamic as the film that inspired it. National Lampoon's Van Wilder devotes a lot of its running time to energetic power pop. Top 40 fans will already be familiar with the likes of American Hi-Fi and Sum 41, but the true gems come from the lesser-known bands: Sugarcult's "Bouncing off the Walls" welds a catchy, almost bubblegum-ish melody to a punky arrangement full of fuzzy guitars and crashing drums while the Living End's "Roll On" marries a rousing singalong melody to a surging guitar rock arrangement full of nifty hooks. Another winner in this vein is David Mead's "Girl on the Roof," a sweetly romantic yet fast-paced tune that highlights soaring candy-sweet vocal harmonies over a tight arrangement driven by some frenetic drumming. National Lampoon's Van Wilder also includes the occasional nod to the R&B scene: one of the best is N.E.R.D.'s "Things Are Getting Better," a percolating hip-hop track that layers a rap full of amorous braggadocio over a bells-and-whistles arrangement bursting with electric piano riffs, thick synth bass, and crisp percussion. Another memorable track in this soulful vein is "Little Man," a sultry slow jam with torchy vocals from Sia (star vocalist for English electronica outfit Zero 7). Elsewhere, the "soundtrack ballad" category is covered by Swirl 360 with "Okay," an atmospheric dazzler that piles lovely vocal harmonies atop a stately acoustic arrangement, and Abandoned Pools with "Start Over," a wistful track built on a silky chorus layered with dreamy synthesizer hooks. In short, National Lampoon's Van Wilder is likely to appeal to both fans of the film and anyone interested in up-and-coming performers on the current pop music scene.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Ultimatum
UPC:
0665907667925
catalogNumber:
76679

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fuzz Townshend   Track Performer
Jimmy Eat World   Track Performer
Living End   Track Performer
Swirl 360   Track Performer
David Mead   Track Performer
Sia   Track Performer
Sum 41   Track Performer
6gig   Track Performer
Transmatic   Track Performer
American Hi-Fi   Track Performer
Sugarcult   Track Performer
Abandoned Pools   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Walter Becker   Executive Producer
Neal Avron   Producer,Engineer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Producer
Nick Launay   Producer,Engineer
Marco Nelson   Producer
Bob Rock   Producer
Sean Slade   Producer
Jerry Finn   Producer
Fuzz Townshend   Producer
Jimmy Eat World   Producer
Mark Trombino   Producer,Engineer
Greig Nori   Producer
Tommy Walter   Producer
Karen Crawford   Artwork
6gig   Producer
Deryck Whibley   Producer
Chris Violette   Producer
John Loken   Executive Producer

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