GOLDMEMBER (Maverick/Warner) Rating: NN Rating: NN
As might be expected, most of the soundtrack for the new Austin Powers flick, Goldmember, is complete rubbish. Dr. Dre's reduction of the Rolling Stones' Miss You to Mick's vocal and beats is a waste of time, just like Paul Oakenfold's 1975 -- a pointless re-edit of Walter Murphy's classical-goes-disco novelty A Fifth Of Beethoven. And the Dr. Evil parody of Jay-Z's Hard Knock Life is slightly funny the first time through. The only highlights are the two Neptunes-produced tracks -- their funky-assed Work It Out, sung by Beyoncé Knowles, is a certified summer slammer, and Britney Spears's Boys is the best thing she's ever done. That should be enough to sell this otherwise lame set until September, when Beyoncé's solo disc drops.