A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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.