Picks and Pans Review: Ashley Parker Angel

updated 05/29/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 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.
[2 stars]


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