David Grad
March 20, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Elmopalooza!

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
Sony Wonder
genre
Soundtracks

We gave it a C-

VARIOUS ARTISTS Elmopalooza! (Sony Wonder) This soundtrack to last month’s ABC special that celebrated the Muppets’ three decades in showbiz is larded with unremarkable renditions of classic Sesame Street tunes by En Vogue, Fugees, and Kenny Loggins. In duets with the likes of Celine Dion and Rosie O’Donnell, the puppets’ talent for bittersweet irony is entirely absent. And only Shawn Colvin’s collaboration with Ernie contains the subtle simplicity that is the cornerstone of all great preschool pop. C-

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