This collection was released in connection with the premier of the second season of ABC’s “Kyle XY” television show, which focuses on the mysterious appearance of a young man in a northwestern forest; a young man with neither clothes, a navel or clear memories of who he is, what he is, or where he came from.

It is an agreeable collection of altish-rock-college-radio-station-sound-track-of-your-life pieces, more than competently performed by groups and singers who doubtless see their inclusion in a television show as somewhat of a big break. Which it is, of course, as far as exposure to a larger audience goes; with the caveat that soundtrack music is… well, background music. They were selected not so much on their own merits, but for the way that they would carry the story along. And that being said, this album works admirably as a CD to take to the beach, or for a party.

Standouts among the cuts are O.A.R.’s “Wonderful Day”, which has a jolly, up-beat and reggae-ish feel to it, sort of what would result from a mash-up between the Beach Boys and Clarence Clemons on sax. Another track with a slightly vintage vibe was Earlimart’s “Nevermind the Phonecalls” and Mariana’s Trench “Alibi”, both of which reminded me somewhat of the Pretenders. But April Matson performing “Will You Remember Me?” was the one which we played over and over.

This CD is available here, and more about the show itself here, and here.

“Sgt. Mom” is a freelance writer who lives in San Antonio and blogs at The Daily Brief. More about her own books is here at her website.

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