Various Stubbs the Zombie: The Soundtrack

Not enough simply being a video game, Stubbs the Zombie also has an accompanying soundtrack and, presumably, Benjamin Moore paint hue. Not sure about the paint, but the album is an oddly cohesive and interesting amalgam of early ’60s R&B/pop covers. Ben Kweller’s endearing pre-pubescent timbre appositely handles "Lollipop,” while the Raveonettes tap their most inspirational era for a fitting rehash of "My Boyfriend’s Back.” Whereas film soundtracks are generally assembled from previously recorded material, Stubbs is comprised of custom-recorded covers, raising obvious questions of motive. The Dandy Warhols, for instance, could use all the extra money they can garner in consideration of their last two discs (and their equally footling effort here). But strong efforts from Death Cab for Cutie and the Walkmen save the disc from life as a synergistic coaster. (Shout! Factory)