Zoolander

The multi-act recording accompanying Ben Stiller's latest movie vehicle is a wildly uneven, though often exhilarating, rollercoaster ride through old and new material.

The multi-act recording accompanying Ben Stiller's latest movie vehicle is a wildly uneven, though often exhilarating, rollercoaster ride through old and new material. For starters, there are '80s-era hits by Wham!, Herbie Hancock, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Then there are a handful of well-conceived covers by Nikka Costa (whose version of Blondie's "Call Me" tops much of her debut disc), Rufus Wainwright (who brings heart-stirring, if incredibly subtle emotional depth to the Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"), and No Doubt (continuing their transition into hardcore popville with a rippin', hitbound rendition of Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby"). But then the fun ends with a set-closing spree of faceless electronic dance cuts that, while they may work during the film's runway scenes, they only dampen and derail an otherwise quirky, festive collection.—LF