The movie The Runaways showed the atmosphere of the 1970s that influenced the creation of the Runaways -- and The Runaways soundtrack reflects that period in time as well.

Rathter than jumping right into the Runaways' songs and cover, The Runaways soundtrack takes an overview of the alternative music scene of the '70s. Before a note of Runaways music is played, there are songs from Nick Gilder, Suzi Quatro, MC5 and David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel." Towards the end of the album the listener gets The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and The Sex Pistols' "Pretty Vacant." These are a nice reminder that disco was far from the only thing in the '70s. (Not everything from the movie is in here, notably the original of "Do You Wanna Touch Me (There)" which would later be covered by Joan Jett.)

A strength of the movie The Runaways was the music performed by Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, and that music is here in all its glory. Indeed, one slight flaw with The Runaways soundtrack is the jumble of original songs and covers: The music bounces around between Runaways songs, Runaways covers, the Runaways performing live, and finally a post-Runaways song by Joan Jett. The Runaways soundtrack is ultimately a tribute to not just the Runaways but the culture they loved and joined.

Overall grade: A-

Reviewed by James Lynch

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