Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
Songs By Various Artists
Distributed by: Walt Disney Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
I’m not a big fan of the Jonas Brothers, so when Camp Rock aired on the Disney Channel in 2008 featuring the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, I was not in a huge rush to see it. Besides, I figured this was a teenager flick in the fashion of High School Musical and therefore not my kind of movie. Well, the ratings for Camp Rock were through the roof and the movie’s soundtrack sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide, spending 10 weeks in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 Album Chart in 2008. I just knew that Disney was going to capitalize on that success with a sequel. What I didn’t know is that they would send me the sequel’s soundtrack to review.
In Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, the folks from Camp Rock are back for a reunion. The gang is all geared up for a great summer of fun, a rocking good time. Unfortunately, a new camp that just opened across the lake has “stolen” all of Camp Rock’s counselors and threatens to put Camp Rock out of business. Camp Rocker Mitchie Torres (Demi Lovato) challenges Camp Star to a musical duel to take place at the end of the summer to find out which camp is the best with bragging rights to remain open.
As with the soundtrack of Camp Rock, for the soundtrack of Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, the powers that be turned to numerous songwriters. This time around Kara DioGuardi, Mitch Allan, Dapo Torimiro, Antonina Armato, Tim James, Jamie Houston, Adam Watts and Andy Dodd contributed their song writing talents. Singers featured on the soundtrack album include Demi Lovato, the Jonas Brothers, Matthew “Mdot” Finley, Alyson Stoner, Anna Maria Perez de Taglé, Meaghan Martin, Roshon Fegan and Iron Weasel. The album contains fifteen tracks, three of which are bonus tracks not featured in the film.
Keeping in mind that most Disney musicals offer up a great many well-written and popular songs, I tried to put aside the fact that I am not a teeny-bopper aching for Joe Jonas’ phone number and listened to the Camp Rock 2 Soundtrack with an open mind. I was not prepared for what happened next - my eyes opened wide at the rocking beats and guitar riffs and I found myself bobbing my head to the music. Playing the album a second time, I found myself singing along with the songs. That’s right, I’m almost ashamed to say it, but this adult was seen shamelessly rocking out with the Camp Rock 2 Soundtrack as she drove her car home from work.
Demi Lovato’s voice has greatly improved over the years and she harmonizes well with the Jonas Brothers. Mathew “Mdot” Finley shows great promise in the rap scene. In fact, I really can’t find flaw with any of the singers. I enjoyed every track but one - Introducing Me, performed by Nick Jonas is a tad Jason Mraz-esque. Nick does an admirable job, but he just can’t pull that style off like Jason Mraz. Despite not really loving that track, I didn’t exactly hate it. I enjoyed some of the slower songs - the love songs - but the songs I truly enjoyed involved our Camp Rockers really rocking out and having fun. My favorites include Can’t Back Down and It’s On.
The Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Soundtrack is a teenager’s dream. In addition to the great music, the album includes bonus features like a booklet containing the lyrics of every song which opens out into a double-sided poster. If you place the CD in your computer, you can open up bonus features like interviews with Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, photos from the film and the It’s On music video (I had to watch and I’m horrified to say I really enjoyed it).
The Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Soundtrack makes a great addition to the CD collection of any fan of the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Alyson Stoner or any other singer featured on this album. If you enjoyed the music in Camp Rock, you will love the music found on the Camp Rock 2 Soundtrack. And, as I have begrudgingly attested to earlier, this album is enjoyable for children of all ages. Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam premiers on Disney Channel on September 3, 2010, but you can check out the soundtrack now in stores and at on-line retailers all over the web.