Teen TV Star No Stranger to Beautiful Celebrity Music

Until today, I was reasonably sure that no one but Interscope publicist Greg Miller and I had listened to all of A Beautiful World, the 2003 debut by Growing Pains star Alan Thicke's son Robin. (Blame Remy Shand, who greedily filled that season's blue-eyed-soul quota with his own album.) Now it appears that our little club has cause to admit another member: Near the end of Beautiful Soul, the charting-for-nine-months-so-far debut by blond-locked, lip-glossed WB heartthrob Jesse McCartney, the Summerlandstar covers "The Stupid Things," Thicke's tenderhearted paean to "interest rates so swift": "Just charge it to my account," McCartney sings, fitting, like Thicke does, too many syllables into a sumptuous vocal melody. "I hope I haven't gone over my limit."

The rest of Beautiful Soul pays less obvious but just as sincere tribute to A Beautiful World: In the unfortunately titled "Get Your Shine On" McCartney urges everyone to celebrate his or her inner teen-soap star over tinny sub-Jamiroquai disco-funk; "Without U" pillages mid-period Jacko like only an expensively coiffed white fellow can; "Why Don't You Kiss Her?" appeals to L.A.'s working underclass with some pilfered Enrique Iglesias Spanish guitar. Do the New Radicals next, Jess? That was my shit.


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