Picks and Pans Review: Baywatch

updated 10/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Various Artists

During the '90s, movie soundtracks have attained monster status in the music business, climbing the charts like so many King Kongs on their way to the observation deck. Now Hollywood's weak sibling, television, is trying to muscle into the act. Case in point: this superfluous spinoff of the flotsam-and-Jet Ski melodrama Baywatch. You get the series' swollen theme song, "I'm Always Here," sung by Survivor's Jim Jamison. And, of course, you get loads of David Hasselhoff, that Neil Diamond-in-the-rough. He plows through a quartet of lofty but-strident ballads, including "I Believe," a duet with Laura Branigan. And some other Baywatch cast members get into the act too. The worst offering is from Alexandra Paul, who plays one of the show's lanky lifeguards. She delivers a stiff faux-country chant, "Let a Few Go By." The most impressive performance is by Gregory Alan-Williams. On the series, he plays the sand-scooter cop, but on "Harder" he sounds a good deal like Teddy Pendergrass. For the most part this collection is an overheated hodgepodge. Save your money for the Pamela Anderson calendar—or for the new Melrose Place album, on which they leave the singing to professionals like Frente! and Dinosaur Jr. (Scotti Bros.)

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