05/29/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT
Soundtrack to Your Life
His first MTV reality series, Making the Band
, led to the 2001 debut of his short-lived boy band O-Town. Now Ashley Parker Angel's second MTV reality show, There and Back
, has set the stage for this, his first solo outing. The good news is that Soundtrack to Your Life
is better than anything O-Town ever did: For the first half, Angel gamely keeps up with the Ryan Cabreras of the world thanks to some punchy pop-rock tunes courtesy of go-to producers like Max Martin (Britney Spears
) and the Matrix (Avril Lavigne
). But the bad news is that, with drippy ballads dominating the CD's second half, he falls hopelessly back into O-Town territory.
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