A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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What's the story?
THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2: THE ROYAL ENGAGEMENT begins with the extremely tedious \"Breakaway\" by Kelly Clarkson, a get-me-out-of-here song that manages to be simultaneously dull and so emotionally overwrought that it almost sounds like a parody of itself. Next is the repetitive yet pretentious Lindsay Lohan ditty \"I Decide,\" followed by Raven's big yawn of an attempt at a girl-power anthem, \"This Is My Time.\" But by track four, things start looking up with Avril Lavigne's \"I Always Get What I Want\" followed by Pink's \"Trouble.\" Other high points are Norah Jones' achingly delicate version of \"Love Me Tender,\" an adorable Wilson-Phillips cover of the Beach Boys' \"Dance, Dance, Dance,\" and a Julie Andrews-Raven duet that is wonderful partly for its downright quirkiness and partly because it shows off what this particular grand old broad can do, even after well-publicized throat problems.
Is it any good?
Lose the incredibly overrated first three tracks (well performed but so badly written it doesn't matter), and you have a delightful party record that's just plain fun--and better than most soundtrack compilations. Ms. Andrews comes across as a total sweetheart and a total trouper, and it sounds like she's having a blast showing the girls a thing or two.