StarStruck (Original Soundtrack) by Various Artists on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dubbed Cinderella meets Notting Hill in some quarters, Disney’s teen-oriented cable musical centers on the budding romance of a young pop star (Sterling Knight) who literally bumps — hard — into a smarter-than-average-teenybopper Jessica (Danielle Campbell) who’s not particularly smitten by the trappings of his celebrity. As on most similar Disney efforts in the genre, its score is heavier on hooks and production sheen than artistic identity. Its energized, Auto-Tuned simulacrum of modern pop freely mixes a hook-laden grab-bag of R&B (Christoper Wilde’s title track), hip-hop lite (the Stubby-suffused "Shades" and "Party Up"), and rock ballad influences (Wilde’s "What You Mean to Me") that’s as infectious as it is studio burnished — even if the tracks' sexual heat never rises much above an innocent simmer. Rounding out the collection are performances from young Disney stars Mitchel Musso ("Welcome to Hollywood") and Jasmine Sagginario ("Make a Movie") that may have nothing to do with the film, if everything to do with the Mouse House’s considerable teen marketing savvy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dubbed Cinderella meets Notting Hill in some quarters, Disney’s teen-oriented cable musical centers on the budding romance of a young pop star (Sterling Knight) who literally bumps — hard — into a smarter-than-average-teenybopper Jessica (Danielle Campbell) who’s not particularly smitten by the trappings of his celebrity. As on most similar Disney efforts in the genre, its score is heavier on hooks and production sheen than artistic identity. Its energized, Auto-Tuned simulacrum of modern pop freely mixes a hook-laden grab-bag of R&B (Christoper Wilde’s title track), hip-hop lite (the Stubby-suffused "Shades" and "Party Up"), and rock ballad influences (Wilde’s "What You Mean to Me") that’s as infectious as it is studio burnished — even if the tracks' sexual heat never rises much above an innocent simmer. Rounding out the collection are performances from young Disney stars Mitchel Musso ("Welcome to Hollywood") and Jasmine Sagginario ("Make a Movie") that may have nothing to do with the film, if everything to do with the Mouse House’s considerable teen marketing savvy.

TITLE TIME
2:55
3:03
3:16
3:06
4:17
3:15
3:20
2:33
3:05
3:05
2:28
3:10

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