He's a mean one, that Mr. Grinch. Director Ron Howard's live-action version of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas stars Jim Carrey as the nasty Green One. For the accompanying soundtrack, Howard gathers a who's who of contemporary pop chart-toppers to sing songs about Whoville's Christmas. Beginning with a lighthearted rap from Busta Rhymes and Carrey himself ("Grinch 2000"), the songs roughly follow the familiar plot, with most of the artists playfully adopting the Grinch's jealous point of view. The Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds contribute swinging ditties about the Grinch's envy and isolation ("Green Christmas" and "Lonely Christmas Eve"), while Smash Mouth get a bit nastier with the ska-inflected "Better Do It Right" and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra connect the shooby-doowop "Perfect Christmas Night" to the heavy guitar blast "Grinch" on their own "Whoville Medley." Meanwhile, the Eels empathize with Max, the unfortunately antlered hound, on the quirky "Christmas Is Going to the Dogs." The story climaxes with big, lush ballads from 'N Sync (the sentimental "You Don't Have to Be Alone") and Faith Hill (the grandiose "Where Are You Christmas?"). In addition to the pop songs, the album includes selections from James Horner's orchestral score and several brief bits of movie dialogue. Destined to become a new Christmas classic, The Grinch is full of good-natured, playful songs about one mean green guy.