Chuck Eddy
February 02, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Songs of West Side Story

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists

We gave it a B+

Too many of these all-star remakes on The Songs of West Side Story are either empty sock-hop nostalgia or tastefully atmospheric Disney soundtrack schlock. Aretha Franklin’s ”Somewhere” is a tuneless bore. But ”Gee, Officer Krupke” goes wackily overboard with its bottomless barrage of ”distoibed” urban voices (Salt ‘N’ Pepa, the Jerky Boys, Paul Rodriguez, TLC’s Left Eye, Coolio clone Def Jef). And Selena’s ”A Boy Like That” is sarcastic, sexy, percussive, and filled with foreboding about the dangerous boys from the wrong side of the tracks.

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