Music from the Motion Picture (Reprise 26805)
What makes the denizens of "Wayne's World" so believable is the attention to detail Mike Myers and Dana Carvey lavish on Wayne and Garth; not only do these two look like typical suburban rivet-heads, but they talk and think like them, too. So why doesn't the soundtrack album to "Wayne's World" ring as true? Part of the problem has to do with movie production up-sizing -- for instance, taking the raucously amateurish "Wayne's World Theme" and inflating it to the album-rock proportions found here. But what ultimately undoes the album is its inconsistency, for easy as it might be to imagine our boys from Aurora grooving to Hendrix's "Foxy Lady" or Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver," it's impossible to imagine them sitting through tripe like Rhino Bucket's "Ride With Yourself."
NEARER TO YOU
Skyy (Atlantic 82328)
Even though Skyy is too long in the tooth to be considered a new band, there's so much freshness and verve to the sound of "Nearer to You" that even longtime fans will find themselves thinking differently about the band. It isn't just that the arrangements are more polished than last time around, or that the beats are state-of-the-art slick; what makes this album such an improvement is the way those elements help frame the group's wonderfully soulful singing. As such, it hardly matters whether the music is sultry and supple like "Smooth and Slow," or as thumpingly insistent as "Up and Over" -- as far as this album is concerned, Skyy's the limit.