As with the movie that spawned it, the American Pie 2 soundtrack pays due homage to its raunchy '80s forebears.

As with the movie that spawned it, the American Pie 2 soundtrack pays due homage to its raunchy '80s forebears. Wisely included is Sum 41's current hit, "Fat Lip," a Beastie Boys-meets-Blink-182 celebration of mindless hedonism and big-haired metal. As if that weren't tongue-in-cheek enough, Fenix TX revisits the age of leg warmers and headbands with "Phoebe Cates," its tribute to the Fast Times at Ridgemont High babe. Unfortunately, the rest of this set is as dull as a trip to band camp. The majority of tracks here are second-rate cast-offs from big-name acts, including throwaways from Blink-182, 3 Doors Down, and Uncle Kracker. The speedy punk riffs quickly become tiresome, although there's the requisite sensitive interlude from Angela Ammons ("Always Getting Over You").—SB