Sounds like … other multi-artist compilations inspired by movies, like Jesus: The Epic Mini Series, The Apostle, and The Prince of Egypt.At a glance … unlike the film that inspired it and despite having its moments, this compilation looks grand in the storyboard yet falls short once executed. Track ListingSteven Curtis Chapman / Bart Millard / Mac Powell—I See LoveScott Stapp—Relearn LoveP.O.D.—Truly AmazingBrad Paisley & Sara Evans—New AgainBig Dismal—Rainy DayLauryn Hill—The PassionKirk Franklin feat. Yolanda Adams—How Many LashesMxPx feat. Mark Hoppus—The EmpireCharlotte Church—Finding My Own WayBeBe Winans & Angie Stone—Miracle of LoveDan Lavery—To Give LoveBig Dismal—Reason I Live

Whenever a record label sets out to assemble a compilation based on the life of Christ, problems are bound to arise. Since the gospel affects people from varied racial and ethnic backgrounds, not everybody responds to it in similar ways—and that in turn can affect the continuity and congruency of any "various artists" project. Some are moved deeply and react emotively. Some are touched intellectually, and react accordingly. Some even respond superficially, going about their daily business as if they'd just simply heard a nice story.

That's the feel one gets with The Passion of The Christ: Songs, a multi-artist collaboration crafted in response to the Mel Gibson epic film. Featuring an eclectic array of artists, this album is the debut offering from the Lost Keyword imprint, a new outlet created by Christian-friendly Wind-Up Records to accommodate albums that do not fall under the rock umbrella. Strategically timed to hit store shelves on the day the Passion DVD drops (August 31), Songs is the third Passion-themed recording approved by Gibson—the first two were the original soundtrack and a low-profile country compilation—and not surprisingly, it's the most uneven of the three. It's unfocused because it covers all the genres left unturned by the other two albums and gathers them piecemeal with very little sense of direction.

The album opens strongly with "I See Love," a picture-perfect pop-rock anthem manned by Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day's Mac Powell, and MercyMe's Bart Millard; the tune examines the different characters that people see in Jesus: a teacher, a healer, a dreamer, a "fool dying for his dream," according to the lyrics. "But I see Love, light of heaven breaking through." This early high is quickly dulled by the unimpressive "Relearn Love," the much-publicized solo debut of former Creed frontman Scott Stapp. The song's theme is noble—how Christ's love helps reshape our own view of love—but the melody and structure of the song are unorthodox and even awkward. Despite its lyrical brevity, P.O.D.'s "Truly Amazing" is up next, recalling the haunting balladry from their Satellite days. Things flow well until the duet between Brad Paisley and Sara Evans kicks in, a heartfelt country lullaby recounting a dialog between a questioning Mary and her loving son Jesus, but that feels misplaced in the context of the three rock-laced tracks preceding it.