Holes Soundtrack

Music review by
John Graham, Common Sense Media
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Fun soundtrack with many musical styles.

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Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

One verse has implied sexual connotations.


None aside from the obvious commercial tie-in of the Disney movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this soundtrack CD incorporates a remarkable variety of musical styles: hip-hop, country, blues, rock, gospel, and electronica.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byDtrain04 April 9, 2008

Addicting Cd

This cd was great, i listen 2 it so much it is starting to get scratched! gotta get a new one! its worth your money!!:)
Teen, 13 years old Written byQman April 9, 2008

What's the story?

Most of the optimistic, motivational lyrics on the HOLES SOUNDTRACK support the movie's story of kids in a juvenile detention center who are forced to search for buried treasure. To inspire the reform school kids, some lyrics suggest a Tony Robbins motivational seminar, such as Eagle-Eye Cherry singing \"If we give we will receive\" and reggae rapper Shaggy singing \"Don't worry, push on through.\" If the music weren't so fun and accessible, the life-affirming clichés might grow old quickly. The only marginally edgy line is in a verse from \"Shake 'Em On Down,\" where the North Mississippi All-Stars celebrate sex euphemistically: \"One thing in this world I crave is a big-leg woman to shake me down to my grave.\"

Is it any good?

Highlights of the soundtrack are numerous. Dr. John and his great band lay down a powerful dose of New Orleans funk on the joyful "Let's Make a Better World." Cuts by Moby ("Honey") and the D-Tent Boys ("Dig It") feature pastiches of gospel, blues, prison work songs, and hip-hop to great effect. Pepe Deluxe's "Everybody Pass Me By" weaves a hypnotic mix of bluesy slide guitar, electronica, and a snatch of lyrics from blues legend Robert Johnson's "Crossroads." On the whole, the musical performances are excellent.

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  • Families can talk about the origin and variety of musical styles presented as they listen to the CD with their kids.

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