WWE Originals

WWE Originals is a soundtrack album by WWE. Released on January 13, 2004 by Columbia Records, it features original songs recorded by various WWE wrestlers. The album was a commercial success, reaching number 12 on the US Billboard 200.

WWE Originals
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJanuary 13, 2004 (2004-01-13)
Recorded2003
Genre
Length50:55
LabelColumbia
Producer
World Wrestling Entertainment chronology
WWE Anthology
(2002)
WWE Originals
(2004)
ThemeAddict: WWE The Music, Vol. 6
(2004)

Reception

Music website AllMusic categorised WWE Originals as "contemporary pop/rock" and rap rock, with writer Johnny Loftus identifying styles such as "soft-focus piano pop", dance-pop and hip hop on the album.[1] Slam! Wrestling's John Powell also identified the genres of electronic and power ballad on the collection,[2] while Billboard magazine noted a dominance of "in-your-face rap".[3]

Release

WWE Originals was released by Columbia Records on January 13, 2004.[4] Initial pressings of the album also featured a bonus DVD, which featured behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the album and more.[4]

Reception

Commercial

In the United States, WWE Originals reached number 12 on the Billboard 200.[5][6]

Critical

Music website AllMusic awarded WWE Originals three out of five stars.[1] Reviewer Johnny Loftus criticised tracks such as Stacy Keibler's "Why Can't We Just Dance?" and Kurt Angle's "I Don't Suck (Really)", identifying them as proof of some performers' musical inability.[1] However, Loftus praised the "amusing" skits performed by Stone Cold Steve Austin, as well as a number of tracks including "I Just Want You" by Trish Stratus and "Put a Little A** on It" by Rikishi.[1]

John Powell of Slam! Wrestling was more critical, describing the compositions on the album as "generic, cookie-cutter productions without any soul, character or style" and criticising the performances in general.[2] In particular, Powell criticised songs such as The Dudley Boyz' "We've Had Enough", Trish Stratus' "I Just Want You", Lita's "When I Get You Alone" and Stacy Keibler's "Why Can't We Just Dance?"; however, he did praise the performances of John Cena and Lilian Garcia.[2]

Michael Paoletta of Billboard magazine described WWE Originals as "mixed, very mixed".[3] Paoletta noted a dominance of hip hop music on the album, claiming that the pop and rock songs were of higher quality, particularly those performed by divas Keibler, Stratus and Lita.[3]

Track listing

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Where's the Beer?" (segment 1)Stone Cold Steve Austin2:36
2."We've Had Enough"The Dudley Boyz3:06
3."I Just Want You"Trish Stratus3:35
4."Crossing Borders"Rey Mysterio2:51
5."Did You Feel It?" (segment 2)Stone Cold Steve Austin2:00
6."Can You Dig It?"Booker T3:33
7."I Don't Suck (Really)"Kurt Angle3:05
8."When I Get You Alone"Lita3:27
9."You Changed the Lyrics" (segment 3)Stone Cold Steve Austin1:30
10."You Just Don't Know Me at All"Lilian Garcia4:08
11."We Lie, We Cheat, We Steal"Eddie and Chavo Guerrero3:43
12."Don't You Wish You Were Me?"Chris Jericho3:31
13."Drink Your Beer" (segment 4)Stone Cold Steve Austin1:50
14."Put a Little A** on It"Rikishi (wrestler)4:44
15."Why Can't We Just Dance?"Stacy Keibler3:17
16."Basic Thugonomics"John Cena and Tha Trademarc3:14
17."Don't That Taste Good?" (segment 5)Stone Cold Steve Austin0:45
Total length:50:55

See also

References

  1. Loftus, Johnny. "WWE Originals - Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  2. Powell, John (January 27, 2004). "'WWE Originals' is just noise pollution". Slam! Wrestling. Canoe.ca. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  3. Paoletta, Michael (January 17, 2004). "Billboard Picks: Albums". Billboard. New York City, New York: Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  4. "Columbia Records & World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Join Forces to Unleash WWE(TM) Originals". PR Newswire. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  5. "WWE Originals - Various Artists: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  6. "WWE Originals Chart History". Billboard. January 31, 2004. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
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