“High School Musical” Reaches That Awkward Age

Oct 21st, 2008 // 5 Comments

Our look at the closing lines of the biggest new-music reviews continues with a roundup of reactions to Disney’s soundtrack for the heartthrob-studded High School Musical 3, which lands in stores today:

• “Youth has always been a commodity in popular art, but the best teen pop provides at least the illusion of freshness and wonder. There are flickers of those qualities here—in Vanessa Hudgens’ sweetly nasal singing, for instance—but overall, this Musical is a strangely joyless production. ” [USA Today]

• “All in all, it’s pretty routine HSM with very little to get an adult listener doing anything other than hoping that the next ‘I wanna be with you’ tune ends soon. Still, it’s not that different than what passes for grownup music on the radio these days, and writer Robbie ‘C’est La Vie’ Nevil can at least pen a track that doesn’t need to come with a warning. I suppose that will come with Freshman Year Musical: Rush Week.” [canada.com]

• “Since this music holds no appeal for anyone over age 9, as soon as the original fans pass that quickly approaching benchmark, they’ll totally lose interest – except for some guilty-pleasure nostalgia a decade away. In other words, fans of great kids’ music needn’t fret for long. This, too, shall pass.” [NY Daily News]

• “Truth is, Ashley steals the show (again) in our book. Her knock-’em-dead, egotistical, going-for-Broadway vow, ‘I Want It All,’ really is the most amusing and only theatrically minded song in the entire ‘musical’ score this time, surrounded by pleasant but all too similar love duets by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens that didn’t need any silly distraction like a plot to hang on.” [Philadelphia Daily News]


  1. Audif Jackson Winters III

    High School Musical: The College Years

  2. Tauwan

    @Audif Jackson Winters III:

    “I’M STANDING ON THE EDGE OF TOMORROW, TODAY! (Today, today, today…)”

  3. Thierry

    @Tauwan: Thanks for putting that in my head. Thanks a lot.

  4. Tauwan


    I do what I can.

  5. I'm Crushing Your Head

    @Tauwan: That show had the least realistic freshman dorm/suite ever. I don’t think all three of the rooms in our “suite” would take up all the room in one of the rooms in the SBTB suite.

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