54, Vol. 1

The first of two soundtracks to director Mark Christopher's ill-advised 54 is the stronger of the pair, with classics including Chic's "Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)," Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and Amii Stewart's "Knock on Wood." Still, much like the film itself, the soundtrack fails to paint an accurate portrait of the disco era as it really was -- too many key records are absent, and too many of those that did make the cut simply don't capture the genre at its electrifying peak; viewers and listeners alike are instead directed to Whit Stillman's vastly superior The Last Days of Disco (and its accompanying soundtrack) for a real sense of what all the fuss was really about. ~ Jason Ankeny

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