By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
Whoever put together the Desperate Housewives soundtrack must've raided the 45 shelf in my living room while I was away at work: Martina McBride doing "Harper Valley P.T.A.," Sara Evans "One's on the Way" (rockin'!), Anna Nalick (reportedly too young to be marrying somebody who can't get it up) "Band of Gold," Liz Phair "Mother's Little Helper" (better than the Stones'), Indigo Girls "Mrs. Robinson" (better than the Lemonheads'), Gloria Estefan "Young Hearts Run Free" (better than her "Turn the Beat Around"), K.D. Lang "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife." The latter sounds mannered and lethargic, like Lang cares less about Glen Campbell's great '68 hit than about presenting herself as "classy," and his '69 "Where's the Playground Susie" would've pulled off the Ice Stormkey-party/Updike Couples slime better anyway, and by this point the album's underlying drag-queen aesthetic has begun to drag. But Shania's new "Shoes" makes up for it. (She likes 'em! A girl can never have too many! But she ain't got time for the flip-flop kind! Hey, leave John Kerry alone already.)
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY
(Columbia/Legacy Hollywood working-woman-pop TV-soundtrack compilation)
Stream "Indigo GirlsMrs. Robinson"
Stream "Anna NalickBand of Gold" (Windows Media Player)
GOOD FOR WHAT AILS YOU: MUSIC OF THE MEDICINE SHOWS 19261937
(Old Hat stomping-and-swerving post-black face-minstrel traveling-tent-banjo novelty-song-miscegenation reissue compilation)
Stream "(Various Songs)" (Windows Media Player)